Bronzeville / Little Tokyo :: Los Angeles

I always wondered why there are so many jazz clubs in L.A.’s Little Tokyo. It has always seemed an odd place for jazz. Turns out, when the Japanese were interned during World War II, African Americans moved in and the neighborhood became known as Bronzeville. For three short years, the neighborhood had an active night life with jazz clubs, night clubs, and “breakfast clubs” (open until breakfast!). According to this Web site about the history of L.A.’s Bronzeville, this same phenomenon happened in other Japantowns up and down the West Coast.

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