Jazz Age (and beyond!) entertainer Bing Crosby performing live at the Cocoanut Grove, 1931. Enjoy!
Thursday is the day of the week when McElrath Cabaret will feature some of our favorite cabaret blogs, websites or performers. Today’s cabaret website that we are pleased to bring to your attention is Jazz Age Club. The website was designed to be a “portal that encompases all aspects of the period.” Jazz Age Club is helmed by Gary Chapman, who is working on several books at present, one of which, I was excited to discover, is Cabaret Stars of the Jazz Age. He also has written a book entitled The Delectable Dollies: The Dolly Sisters, Icons of the Jazz Age. Mr. Chapman states that “The Jazz Age Club is now represented at Mary Evans Picture Library (www.maryevans.com), the UK’s leading source for historical imagery.” He has an online presence not only at his wonderful website, but also Facebook and Twitter.
His website features several categories of information regarding the Jazz Age, including Art and Decor, Black performers, Books, Dancing, Dancing Duos, Fashion, Fads, Film, Music, a section on Queer Paris he catagorizes under the heading Pink, Personalities, Places, Reviews, Theatre, This n’ That, as well as Venues.
Of particular interest to the cabaret entertainer of today is the section of the website devoted to cabaret.
He has an introductory article entitled “Welcome To The Cabaret” with which I would suggest you begin your reading here. The cabaret section also includes information about The Ambassadeur Shows of 1926, 1927 and 1928. These shows highlighted top all-black American acts that were hired to perform at the club in Paris.
The website is notable for its wonderful artwork and photographs from the Jazz Age. You can spend many hours lost in the former glory of the 1920s and 1930s here. There is also a wonderful resource for entertainers to browse in his “Links” section of his website that you will want to explore for even more gems from the Jazz Age. The “Books” section offers many resources for those who want to find out more about this fascinating era in history. He reaches out to his audience and encourages readers to submit pieces on the Jazz Age for consideration to be published on the website as well. You may contact Mr. Chapman for more information.
This is an highly informative website written in a scholarly yet accessible style. I recommend that you visit Jazz Age Club!
Is there a cabaret blog, website or performer that you would like to see featured on McElrath Cabaret? Leave us a note in the comments below—we always love to hear from our readers!
ps–The Cabaret Soiree Link Party is still going strong–you can visit anytime to click on the links and see what others have posted, or you can share your own recent cabaret blog or now website link from now through Thursday. Link is below.
Weekly Post Lineup At McElrath Cabaret:
Tuesdays: Cabaret Tip Tuesday
Wednesdays: Ask A Cabaret Question
Thursdays: Featured Cabaret Blog, Website, Performer
Fridays: Cabaret Through Time