Jazz was born by the African American community in New Orleans. Although it was founded in New Orleans the roots can be found in the musical traditions of both African and European cultures. Jazz gets it rhythm and blues quality from African music. Along with the tradition of playing an instrument in your own way from the African culture. However jazz got its harmony and instruments from Europe. Jazz is a combination of many different cultures and ethnicities. New Orleans was the origination of jazz mainly because New Orleans is a port city. Meaning there were people arriving from all parts of the world, it was a meeting place for people of different ethnic groups. The city was filled with a nightlife, musicians had the opportunity to play together and learn from each other. As jazz spread around the world, the culture of jazz grew on a different national and regional level. This lead jazz to many different distinctive styles.
The first born style of jazz was ragtime. Ragtime originated in the southern U.S. dur...
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