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Introduction to Venues

     Florida music venues for jazz consisted mainly of nightclubs and dance halls. By the 1940’s and 1950’s jazz was at the height of its popularity. Public interest declined around the same time, possibly due to the changes in mainstream music, specifically the birth of rock and roll. Notable venues for Jazz music were; The Ritz, Floridan Palace Hotel and The Fox Sarah’s Restaurant, The Cotton Club, and Manhattan Casino.