Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies

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JOHN GENNARI


Hipsters, Bluebloods, Rebels, and Hooligans:
The Cultural Politics of the
Newport Jazz Festival, 1954–1960

Baby baby, have you heard the news?
Got festival eyes, got the Newport Blues

Newport Newport, gonna have a ball
If you ain't there baby, you ain't nowhere at all

Rhode Island in summer, Newport in July
I'm gonna dig that festival, and here's the reason why

Music makes me baby, makes me want to move
Swingin' in society, in a high-class groove

Flyin' down to Newport, man I wanna swing
With the real nobility: The Duke, The Count, The King

So come on down to Newport, if you wanna be confused
A panel of professors, will authenticate the blues

— MARSHALL STEARNS,
ON OCCASION OF THE FIRST NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL,
1954

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