Jazz was African American music of the 1920s, and spread out in Canada rapidly. Jazz music combined elements of ragtime, blues, spirituals, and band music. Charleston, Black Bottom and Fox Trot were the most popular dances. 1920s also known as The Jazz Age. It encouraged daring and energetic dances. Jazz involved to the people's life but also challenged some people's mind because of their suggestive movements. Some call these years the 'age of wonderful nonsense'. (Photography 1920)
Pictured here is Edythe Turnham and her Knights of Syncopation, c. 1925. Turnham toured the Northwest with her band and played up and down the West Coast and on President Line Cruises, embodying travel routes that linked Washington musicians to the rest of the nation and the country.