‘All That Jazz’: The music and mayhem of Chicago’s Jazz era

Sunset Cafe Chicago
1923 ad for the Sunset Cafe in Chicago.
Sunset Cafe Chicago
1923 ad for the Sunset Cafe in Chicago.

‘All That Jazz’: The music and mayhem of Chicago’s Jazz era

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During the Roaring Twenties, Chicago was the center of the Jazz world. Like other industrial cities at the time, Chicago was experiencing a post-war boom. Industry, optimism and cash were in high supply and for the first time working-class Americans had money to invest into leisure. Shermann Dilla” Thomas and WBEZ host Lisa Labuz delve into the cutting-edge music and hard partying that defined Chicago’s Jazz era.