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The emergence of "hot" music (post-Dixieland jazz) in the '30s brought forth passionate opinions from listeners, and sparked a great deal of debate about both the music's validity, or lack thereof, and a host of other subjects - race, gender, and the beginnings of what would become an ongoing controversy about what was and was not jazz.

Leonard Feather's career as a writer began in earnest when he wrote two provocative letters to England's Melody Maker. In the first, he demanded to know why there were no jazz waltzes (the editor informed him, in a footnote to the published letter, that"asking for jazz in 3/4 time is like asking for a red piece of green chalk"). His second letter lamented what seemed to be a lack of female jazz enthusiasts; response was immediate and indignant. The magazine's editor Dan Ingman asked to meet the outspoken fan, whom he promptly hired.

Jack Teagarden
That's a Serious Thing
Tommy Dorsey
Yes indeed!