When I decided to create a book about the Dunbar Hotel I expected—as one always
on a project like this—to discover many fascinating things, but I expected all of those
things to be ultimately centered around jazz. To those in the know, that’s what the
Dunbar is, the place where jazz luminaries performed, partied and rested their heads
while visiting the city of Angels.
The Dunbar though, is a microcosm of the very shaping of America—it is about
self-determination, religion, social unrest, migration and immigration, segregation
and desegregation, wealth distribution and class politics, and of course, jazz.