Jazz Music Essay

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‘Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body’ (Martha Graham). The type of music you listen to is a reflection on you and your life. They say that jazz music is music for the soul. And in the 1920s, jazz and dance was a reflection of the people and changing times. Jazz and Dance of the 1920s had a major impact not only on their era, but today as well.
Jazz was one of the major changes of the twenties. Langston Hughes, a major figure heads of the twenties, once said “The rhythm of life, is a Jazz rhythm honey1. The gods are laughing at us.” During the 1920s, also known as the Harlem Renaissance, Jazz music was up and rising. The people who listen to or enjoyed jazz music, often carried this attitude that Hughes described. According …show more content…

Jazz music broke the rules in American Culture African American experience over White American experience. In addition, the article called ‘History of Black Dance’ said “Harlem during the twenties became the ‘in place’ to be for both black and white New Yorkers.”3 (“History of Black” par. 2). Breaking the rules of the 1920s American culture has not been done before, both men and women, both black and white, together in one place to enjoy music. In Carter’s article, “The Devils Music: 1920s Jazz” as jazz music grew in popularity, so did political and social campaigns to censor what the older generation considered to be the devils music, also known as jazz music.4 The older generation of the 1920s, believed that jazz music was made by the devil and by the end of the twenties, …show more content…

“The act of dancing in close range with the opposite sex was taboo” according to Richard Powers. In F.Scotts Fitzgerald’s book, “The Great Gatsby” it illustrates the elaborate parties, dancing, and music of the twenties7. In “The Great Gatsby” it illustrates illegal nightclub style parties that contains illegal liquor, music, and dancing. With a change in the dancing industry, came a change in the dance fashion choices (“1920s Dance” par.4). With the change in the dance came the change in fashion8. Out of those changes came Flappers and Sheik’s. As seen again the article “1920s Dance” dancing became a major part of people’s lives. Dances were held at churches, speak-easies, schools, and night clubs (“1920s Dance” par. 6)9 According to Carter, “with the rise in dance clubs and jazz music, came a rise in crime and brothels”.10 By the end of the twenties, nearly sixty communities across the nation had band jazz music. Dance of the twenties had a major impact on their society and has majorly impacted today’s

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