Friday, January 22, 2016
2-Tone: Jazz Fest
Hiya, hepcats! In the 1920's there was a "Harlem Renaissance" in which the African American art scene exploded into major significance. The acclaimed poet, Langston Hughes, wrote that during this time in history "the negro was in vogue." Influential musicians such as Duke Ellington and saucy, era-defining performers like Josephine Baker became black icons of the century. These 2-tone buttons might not stem directly from the vest of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, but for me they smack of the jazz movement with their keen edges and high spirits. Good ol' Bakelite: don't say it isn't hip.