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The Party life of the 1920's

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Alexis Beach

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The Party Life of the 1920's

“These parties, often termed whist parties or dances, were usually announced by brightly colored cards stuck in the grille of apartment house elevators. Some of the cards were highly entertaining in themselves” (Hughes Party Life in the 1920s "By seven o'clock the orchestra has arrived, no thin five-piece affair, but a whole pitful of oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and picolos, and low and high drums" "Almost every Saturday night when I was in Harlem I went to a house-rent party. I wrote lots of poems about house-rent parties and ate thereat many a fried fish and pig's foot-- with liquid refreshments on the side. I met ladies’ maids and truck drivers, laundry workers and shoe shine boys, seamstresses and porters. I can still hear their laughter in my ears, hear the soft slow music, and feel the floor shaking as the dancers danced” (Hughes 936) “but where the piano would often be augmented by a guitar, or an odd cornet, or somebody with a pair of drums walking in off the street. And where awful bootleg whiskey and good fried fish or steaming chitterling were sold at very low prices. And the dancing and singing and impromptu entertaining went on until dawn came in at the windows” (Hughes 999.) Work Cited "The bar is in full swing, and floating rounds of cocktails permeate the garden outside, until the air is alive with chatter and laughter, and casual innuendo and introductions forgotten on the spot, and enthusiastic meetings between women who never knew each other's names" (The Great Gatsby 40.) "The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier minute by minute, spilled wirh prodigality, tipped out at a cheerful word" (The Great Gatsby 40) The Savoy Ballroom was another hot spot in Harlem; it was located on Lenox Avenue between 140th and 141st Streets. The Savoy Ballroom was a place where blacks and whites enjoyed music and dancing. Rent parties were extremely popular in the 1920s; they assisted the residents of Harlem in paying their rent on time to avoid eviction. These parties also helped the growth and development of jazz as a music genre. "By seven o'clock the orchestra has arrived, no thin five-piece affair, but a whole pitful of oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and picolos, and low and high drums" (The Great Gatsby 40.) The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem; it was mostly for whites, with the exception of the most talented African Americans who entertained the whites at the club.

http://www.1920s-fashion-and-music.com/Harlem-Renaissance-1920s.html http://www.coffeypark.com/harlem/nightlife.htm Hughes, Langston. "When the Hegro was in Vogue." Afterword. America Literature.
By Hughes. N.p.: n.p., n.d. 936. Print. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Foreword. The Great Gatsby. By Fitzgerald. N.p.: n.p.,
n.d. N. pag. Print. In the 1920s, a new genre of music, jazz,was gradually becoming popular at local clubs and rent-parties.
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