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W. C. Handy s 1914 "St. Louis Blues" became the most popular and influential blues composition, and a major portion of early or classic jazz was in the blues genre. Jelly Roll. Nearly all of the great 1920s jazz figures were black. Jelly Roll Morton (Ferdinand La Menthe, 1885—1941), whose pride in the French portion of his ancestry offends some commentators and has diminished his current reputation, claimed that he "invented jazz" ARTS around 1902 while playing ragtime piano in a New Or-leans sporting house.
Publication of Langston Hughes's The Weary Blues. The Light — weekly black newspaper — begins publication; subsequently renamed Heebie Jeebies. Arthur Schomburg's collection of African American books is acquired by The New York Public Library. 1927 1922 Plays of Negro Life, edited by Alain Locke a n d Montgomery Gregory. The Book of American Negro Poetry, edited by James Weldon Johnson. Publication of Langston Hughes' s Fine Clothes to the Jew. 1923 Publication of James Weldon Johnson's God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse.
Holiday by Philip Barry opens; it stars Hope Williams. 4 Dec. Whoopee with songs by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn opens; it stars Eddie Cantor and Ruth Etting. 13 Dec. George Gershwin's An American in Paris premieres at Carnegie Hall, New York. 1929 28 Movies The Taming of the Shrew, starring Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks; The Love Parade, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier, directed by Ernst Lubitsch; Hallelujah, directed by King Vidor; The Broadway Melody, starring Charles Bang and Bessie Love; Steamboat Willie, produced by Walt Disney and starring Mickey Mouse; In Old Arizona, starring Warner Baxter; Coquette, starring Mary Pickford.