The Ivory Tower Of Harlem Analysis

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I see it now, the ivory tower. It stands so tall with its bland traditions. “Hark:” What is that on the horizon. Do you see it, the coming march? Here the ebony warriors come. The bring weapons so brilliant and simple in design. Music, dance, and literature are there tools, but now they have a colored spice. They draw close with the impending change. The boundaries so clearly drawn, but no amount of supremacy or tradition will stop this new army from attaining their rightful place. Armed with pens as strong as any sword they come. All the horns sound, heralding the coming force. The players have their parts, and they will play them well. The renaissance of Harlem was a battle of color against tradition. It was a well needed time of assertion.…show more content…
This was because he was in prison. He was serving time at Sing Sing. He was serving this time because of a manslaughter conviction. He would be out not long after the club started though. Until that time his gang kept him very well informed of the entire goings on (Haskins, 1984). Clubs like The Cotton Club, The Savory, and many others gave the artist of Harlem a place to meet and gather. Thus it provided a great way for the many movements and ideas of the time to grow and spread. For the clubs this meant Jazz. Jazz which began as ragtime and blues was a very popular style in the clubs. “Dance wars” and “Jazz-a-thons” were the big thing for the Harlem nightlife at the time (Haskins, 1984) Though The Cotton Club had many bands and famous singers play there, its most famous band was Duke Ellington and the Washingtonians. They broke tradition by being the first band that was not from the area. Though all bands of the time were breaking tradition by being black (Haskins, 1984). The band brought the club to its peak. The band itself evolved like the club did. One of its most famous changes was its adoption of a jungle motif. They went so far as use this motif in there clothing picks, lyrics, and titles. This change was well accepted by their audiences. They were so well liked that a local radio station began doing live broadcasts from the club itself (Haskins,

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