Just a reminder on the kind of opposition the music known as jazz faced. Many people still don’t know, including many jazz fans. Here’s a scan from a Melody Maker article from 1956 via London Jazz Collector
An excerpt from the scan
The white citizens council of Birmingham, Alabama - who were responsible for the attack on Nat “King” Cole during Ted Heath’s concerts there - again caused trouble when Freddy Randall appeared at the Civic Auditorium.
Council pickets paraded outside the hall carrying printed signs reading “Down with bebop. Christians will not attend this show. Ask your preacher about jungle music.”
The white citizens’ council.
Racism and Nat King Cole.

Just a reminder on the kind of opposition the music known as jazz faced. Many people still don’t know, including many jazz fans. Here’s a scan from a Melody Maker article from 1956 via London Jazz Collector

An excerpt from the scan

The white citizens council of Birmingham, Alabama - who were responsible for the attack on Nat “King” Cole during Ted Heath’s concerts there - again caused trouble when Freddy Randall appeared at the Civic Auditorium.

Council pickets paraded outside the hall carrying printed signs reading “Down with bebop. Christians will not attend this show. Ask your preacher about jungle music.”


The white citizens’ council.

Racism and Nat King Cole.

August, 24 2012
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