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While there could be no argument that the American music scene both before and after World War 2 was dominated by the virtuosity of so many African American musicians, unlike their white collegues they could not expect to enjoy the same working conditions. While they would perform up to six sets a night entertaining their white audiences, they were not allowed to frequent the clubs they performed in other than when they were sweating it out on the bandstand. When the band would take a break, it was the norm for the African American musicians to congregate outside the venues that they were largely responsible for filling while they waited for the next set to begin. One can only imagine the impact that waiting around on a cold winters night had on precious fingers and voices.

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