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A Very Brief History Of South Central Jazz

A screen capture of Chava Sanchez's
A screen capture of Chava Sanchez's "A Brief History of South Central Jazz."
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Jazz was in its heyday in the 1930s and '40s when nightclubs like Club Alabam abounded on Central Avenue.

The nearby Dunbar Hotel was a legend in its own right. When Black jazz greats of the era, like Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, came to town, racially restrictive covenants and segregation limited where they could stay. The Dunbar quickly became a mecca for Black performers. Over the years, South Central L.A. became the heart of the jazz scene on the West Coast. See more on LAist. 



Chava Sanchez, visual journalist at KPCC/LAist, whose latest video project is “A Very Brief History Of South Central Jazz”; he tweets @chavatweets1