The Evolution Of Jazz And The Jazz Age

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Jazz. One of the music genres that all but demolished its competition back in 1920s and for several decades after. It was so popular, it had its own period of time known as the “Jazz Age” in the 1920s. It was also home to some very famous artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. However, in the 21st century, it seems like no one really talks about jazz anymore. It has become one of the worst genres in terms of sales and it’s generally never talked about outside of certain social circles. So is Jazz dead? Or has the crowd just never given modern jazz a try? Do people just hold the idols from the 20s in such high regard that they don’t accept the new jazz? Or has the crowd just moved on? Many say Jazz is dead, however …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that jazz was a popular music genre that demolished its competition back in the 1920s and for several decades after. it was home to dizzy gillespie, louis armstrong, and duke ellington.
  • Argues that jazz has fallen from grace due to changing too much from the 1920s. the congo square was an open area where slaves could actually have a little fun.
  • Explains that jazz and classic blues are early twentieth-century black music innovations, but certain characteristics found in jazz do have their roots in much earlier musical traditions.
  • Explains that the core element of african music is its extraordinary richness of rhythmic content, which is the essence of jazz's musical heritage.
  • Explains that the jazz age in the 1920s was the time when jazz became a big genre of music, and for the idols it introduced.
  • Opines that musicians have been taught to idolize certain figures in music history, but it comes with a price for other musicians to pay. figures like duke ellington, louis armstrong, and dizzy gillespie have undergone apotheosis or an elevation to divine status.
  • Explains that aspiring musicians view their idols with admiration because their music touches people in a way that others do not. understanding the extramusical world in which they lived helps people understand how those influences have imprinted themselves on the musicians the fans revere.
  • Explains that tonal jazz is what most people think of when they hear the word "jazz". it is a vital tool for analyzing tonal music in general.
  • Explains that jazz connoisseurs complain about the quality of contemporary jazz and talk about a golden era when "real" jazz thrived. it became one of the worst selling brands in the 1960s because of rock.
  • Explains that people stopped dancing or singing to jazz around the 1940s, which coincided with the era of big band and swing.
  • Opines that jazz is becoming more and more esoteric, and leaders have become self-indulgent and playing primarily for themselves rather than for the genre as a whole.
  • Opines that jazz has had a bit of an uprising in the recent years, such as david bowie's selection of jazz-world veterans, and contemporary pop stars displaying jazz with pride.
  • Opines that jazz is an interesting genre of music but to say whether or not it's dead is up to personal interpretation.

However, Jazz has always been changing. It all started with the Congo Square back in the 19th century. According to Ted Gioia, “the Congo Square was a place where slaves were able to take place in dances” (New York Times). The Congo Square was an open area where the slaves could actually have a little fun. Eventually the dancing wasn’t enough so they brought in music. Percussion and string instruments virtually identical to those characteristic of indigenous African music. Later documents add knowledge of the public slave dances in New Orleans but still leave many questions unanswered. There is one thing clear, the accounts of the Congo Square dances provide a with a real time and place and an actual transfer of the African ritual to the native soil of the New …show more content…

Tonal Jazz is what most people think of when they hear the word “jazz”. Including big-band swing, bebop, and the mainstream jazz that followed it, excluding music like modal jazz, free jazz, and various jazz fusion styles. Tonality is the arrangement of pitches and/or chords of a musical work in a hierarchy of perceived relations, stabilities, attractions and directionality. Tonal Jazz is a vital tool for analyzing tonal music in general. It also Leads to many productive insights into a wide variety of music. The character of a piece of music as determined by the key in which it is played or the relations between the notes of a scale or

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