More than Simply Rancheras and Polkas: Mexican Americans and the Origins of the Texas Jazz Festival, 1959-1962

By Guadalupe San Miguel Jr..

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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Published online: May 6, 2014 $US5.00

This paper examines the origins of the Texas Jazz Festival and the role that Tejanos, i.e., Mexican Americans from Texas, played in its development. The Texas Jazz Festival began in 1961 as a free festival in Corpus Christi, Texas and has continued to attract thousands of individuals from Texas, other parts of the US, Mexico, and Europe. This paper provides a history of its origins and the role Mexican Americans played in its establishment.

Keywords: Minorities, Jazz Festival, Diversity

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 12, Issue 1, May 2014, pp.11-23. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 6, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 668.090KB)).

Prof. Guadalupe San Miguel Jr.

Professor of History, History Department, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

I am a Mexican American historian interested in the history of education. More particularly, I am interested in issues dealing with the politics of language and culture in the schools, struggles against discrimination in education, and public policies affecting minority groups in the United States. Most of my work focuses on the 20th century and deals with the experiences of Mexican origin communities in the schools. Recently, I have begun to explore how other Latino groups in the United States have responded to discriminatory school policies during the 1900s. By Latinos I mean those who come from a variety of Spanish speaking countries in the Caribbean and the Americas. I also have an interest in the history of Mexican music in the United States, particularly along the border and in Texas.