Stereotype This! Debunking Hollywood's Italian Stereotypes and Myths Stereotype This!  Debunking Hollywood's Italian Stereotypes and Myths Stereotype This! Debunking Hollywood's Italian Stereotypes and Myths
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All That Jazz
Jazz, that unique, buoyant mix of classicism and improvisation, is America's richest musical art form. Although African-Americans and Creoles are rightly attributed as its founders, Americans of Italian heritage have had a long and steady creative influence on jazz from its very beginning.

As the late scholar Joachim Ernst-Berendt noted, "No other European country has produced such a significant number of American jazz musicians as Italy."

Note: In New York in 1936, clarinetist Joe Marsala, a Chicago native, formed one of the first integrated jazz bands in America.
 
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