Paul Whiteman

By now, I’m sure it’s obvious that I and the book have a strong opinion about Whiteman, but was he ultimately helpful in bringing jazz to new audiences? And were those audiences able to move from his “sweet” jazz into the more authentic version created by African American artists? Should jazz have moved into the mainstream at all?

Read Whiteman’s Wikipedia page,

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and share your thoughts on the matter. Consider the following:

do you think Whiteman’s influence and actions were ultimately positive for jazz?

what do you make of his motivations?

do you think it’s at all fair to call him the “King of Jazz?” If you could choose a different king, who would you choose?

do you think it was a natural evolution that moved jazz into mainstream popularity–in other words–do you think this would have happened even without Whiteman?

Write about 250 words about this topic. You can cite specific examples from the wikipedia page (or another source) to back up your opinions.


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