Early History of Jazz Jazz is a style of music that began and has been revolutionized within the United States. Jazz music first appeared in the city of New Orleans and eventually moved onto Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, and New York City. Jazz unites different elements of African, African- American, religious, brass brand, and blues style of music. The music of Jazz, and its changes through the years, is now a form of music that is known and respected throughout this nation and the world. Jazz music is a blending of both black and white tradition and heritages.
The Jazz Age For many years, African Americans were a part of the American culture. African Americans were not free until the end of the Civil war. The abolishment of slavery was settled in the United States after the north won the war. Therefore, African Americans dispersed all over the United States; however, many of them dispersed to New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Jazz is American music developed from ragtime and blues, created by rhythms and ensembles; followed by African traditions.
The Jazz music of the Big Band Era was the peak of over thirty years of musical development. Jazz was so innovative and different that it could literally sweep the world, changing the musical styles of nearly every country. Big band Jazz that makes the feet tap and the heart race with excitement that it is recognized with nearly every type of music. The musical and cultural revolution that brought about Jazz was a direct result of African-Americans pursuing careers in the arts following the United States civil war. As slaves African-Americans has learned few European cultural traditions.
Characteristically, the bands played hymns on the way to funerals and lively marches on the way back. Although blues and ragtime had arisen independently of jazz, and continued to exist alongside it, these genres influenced the style and forms of jazz and provided important vehicles for jazz improvisation. Around the turn of the 20th century, the earliest fully documented jazz style emerged, centered in New Orleans, Louisiana. This city is often called the "cradle of jazz" ("History 101" 3). In this style, the trumpet carried the melody, the clarinet played showy countermelodies, and the trombone played rhythmic slides and sounded the root notes of chords or simple harmony.
(Schuller, 1968) The 1920s saw the first few major figures in jazz such as Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton make their appearance and impact on the jazz scene. Jelly Roll Morton had claimed that he invented jazz because he developed the notation for it and Louis Armstrong has made his mark as being one of the most influential jazz performers. (Biography.com) Jazz in 1920s America came to be known as Dixieland Jazz (name characteristics) and, by now, was. By the 1930s, jazz had become more widespread and more popular and saw the emergence of big bands (larger groups or jazz musicians). Jazz in this decade was easier to listen to and the majority of well-known jazz songs such as Sing, Sing, Sing, In a Sentimental Mood and Take the A Train were composed.
“Jazz was born out of the cultural experience of African Americans and can be traced in a direct line to the slave songs of the plantations through the Negro Spirituals, Ragtime, and the Blues”("Jazz Musicians as Cultural Intermediaries”).The 18th Amendment, or the ban of alcohol also fueled new opportunities for jazz to begin. (Tirro, Frank) Not only is it nearly impossible to pinpoint jazz’s conception in time, many locations are accredited with its origin, the United States allowed for jazz to start gaining popularity and leading into the change it had to the music scene. When jazz is brought up, many first think of its birth place being New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans has always been a big musi... ... middle of paper ... ...re are still people who enjoy listening to jazz and musicians that strive to learn the genre. In conclusion, the evidence is overwhelming that jazz has left a large impact on American culture.
Between 1920 and 1960 jazz and the blues were African-Americans greatest contribution to music. Jazz is a rhythmic syncopated form of music involving brass and woodwind instruments as well as the piano. The blues is melancholic form of music that originated in the rural south with African American folk songs. Both genres of music have a great impact on society today Besides being the time of economic flourish know as the roaring twenties, America in the 1920's was also a time of musical advancements and the development of modern jazz. Jazz as we know it became popular around 1920 when African American musician Louis Armstrong perfected the solo artist form of jazz.
Originally, jazz comes to people through black musicians, who performing on the streets, in the wine bar, in the danced room and some other cities in the southern United States in the early 20th century. Term "Jazz" appeared widely in mass in 1917, but in fact, the Jazz have been heard a long time before. Derived from New Orleans, Louisiana, jazz has evolved through many genres. Along with the change in geography, jazz also has had some big changes in music education position. Jazz only appeared as a kind of entertaining music, but since 1940, it is played in the Bars and Night Clubs and also is shown in the important concert performances.
Historians believe that the birthplace of Jazz music win in New Orleans, Louisiana. It started in New Orleans because there was all kinds of music there. The music that was especially prominent there was Ragtime, from Missouri, and The Blues, from Mississippi (Tyle, np). Just before World War I, the Creole band toured around the country as part of a vaudeville company. This introduced Jazz to many parts of the country.
As a result, jazz incorporates their songs, among other styles such as blues, to create a defining genre. Over the years, many prominent individuals added unique aspects to jazz, such as improvisation. Among these individuals is the famous Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong, also famously known as Satchmo, Pops, and Satch, was born in New Orleans on August 4, 1901. New Orleans was also where jazz originated from, thus signifying a strong bond between Armstrong