An examination of the migration of African American jazz musicians to other parts of the world from 1919 to the 21st century. It provides evidence that African American jazz musicians fared better in the diaspora than they did in America where jazz and its inventors were born.
Illustrations i; Preface ii; Acknowledgements iv; Introduction 1; Chapters; 1. The Perils of Jazz Musicians in America 21; 2. Jazz Praxis Abroad and Musicians' Return to America 39; 3. Jazz in Germany: 1925-1945 65; 4. Jazz Musicians in Postwar Europe 81; 5. The Influence of American Culture on the Death Rates of Jazz and Classical Musicians 111; 6. Contemporary Changes in the European Jazz Scene: A Personal Postscript 139; 7. Jazz: Its Past, its Present, and its Future? 163; Bibliography 169; Index 176