Story Share Project
Collecting and sharing stories about jazz from people around Chicago
In the last one hundred years, jazz has been an essential actor in American history. The stories and sounds of jazz are embedded in the history of socio-political movements: civil rights, black arts, unionizing, etc; in the history of cultural diplomacy, class struggle, racial integration, and the military; in urban development, community building, and the so-called Black Metropolis; in communication strategy and intellectual property questions around appropriation; and in diversity initiatives in academic and institutional development, to name just a few elements. This project seeks to reframe the discussion around 'what is jazz?' by allowing individual stories to illuminate meaning and impact across diverse perspectives.