Dance and jazz
- Howard Spring
From the beginning of jazz until around the late 1940s jazz musicians made much of their living playing for dancers in dance halls, nightclubs, theaters, and hotel ballrooms and at private parties. Yet the link between jazz and dance has rarely been discussed by jazz historians. This may be due to an attempt to legitimize jazz by positioning it as a “serious music,” which means, among other things, that, like European art music, it must not be associated with the body. However, it may simply be that jazz scholars don’t usually dance. To conceive of jazz as embodied has not been common in the experience of most jazz commentators....