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Lift Every Voice and Swing: Black Musicians and Religious Culture in the Jazz Century

Vaughn A. Booker


In the twentieth century, jazz professionals became race representatives who also played an important part in shaping the religious landscape of twentieth-century African American Protestantism. They wielded the power to both define their religious communities and craft novel religious voices and performances. These music celebrities released religious recordings and put on religious concerts, and they became integral to the artistry of African American religious expression. This book argues that with the emergence of new representatives in jazz, religious authority for African Americans found ... More

Keywords: Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Afro-Protestantism, irreverence, jazz, Black Catholicism, race histories, Sacred Concerts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479892327
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479892327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vaughn A. Booker, author
Dartmouth College