All That Jazz: Hot Spots For Live Jazz In NYC
The 1920s were an age of great social and political change. For the first time in American history, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. The nation’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic boom shifted the population into a “consumer society.” Coined by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the twenties were also the start of what has come to be known as the Jazz Age. Transformed by soulful jazz, nightclubs, radio, skyscrapers, movies, and the energy of the economic boom, culture took a front seat in furthering Manhattan’s development. Radio, tabloid newspapers, and movies with sound appeared; the silver screen illuminated Times Square. Competing new skyscrapers were built in Midtown in one of the greatest building booms in history. In less than ten years Manhattan became the social, cultural, and commercial hub of the United States, and in some ways, the world.