The 1920s ushered in a new era known as The Roaring Twenties, fueled by a new prosperity in the United States. During this decade unemployment dropped and the “Illiteracy rate reached a new low of 6% of the population” (Whitley, online)…
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Traditional dance steps such as the Waltz and Foxtrot remained popular. Films produced during this era began to included the dance moves of actors such as Rudolph Valentino, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The popularity of dance and development of new steps continued through the Great Depression Era. Jazz music continued to change and evolve during this time, leading to the Cool Jazz and Funk of the 1950s. Jazz music initially came from New Orleans in the early 1920s, though it quickly spread to other cities such as Chicago and New York. Musicians like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington began performing in New York City. New clubs such as the Cotton Club in 1923 and the Savoy Ballroom in 1926 opened in Harlem. Duke Ellington’s band Became the ‘house band’ of the Cotton Club. The Savoy featured Jazz artists like Bennie Goodman, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk. Most of the well known Jazz artists later introduced new styles of music such as Be-bop at the clubs. New York city was not the only place that began to celebrate Jazz music and the new dances of the time. Many artists also made their way north to Chicago. Some of the well known artists of the time like Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines actually recorded music in the Windy City, which helped to increase the popularity of Jazz. Many more local groups formed in smaller cities through the Midwest during the 1920s and 1930s. Kansas City is home to the Count Basie Orchestra. Along with the new form of musical expression which became so popular came new styles in dance and dress.
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Jazz originated from the African rhythms and its influences (Gioia 10). Africans used music and dances in their cultural traditions. The American music has been impressively influenced by the African elements in dance such as the beats, rhythms, and the movements.
Jazz music arrived like an avalanche on the American scene and it grew in all directions like an octopus. Its growth was unplanned, like the growth of greenery in the thick jungles of Amazon. The sapling of Jazz grew watered with the agony of the black people.
Hence there is no denying the fact that America is the home to a wide range of musical genres, be it the Blues, Country, Western, Rhythm, Rock and Roll, Latin Music or, yes Jazz the most soulful of American musical traditions. Especially with the influx of digitalized recording technologies in the 21st centuries, it is possible for the recording technicians to capture the fine nuances and sophisticated tweaks of the Jazz music, which make it so special and loveable (Ratliff 45).
Since times immemorial, it has been a tendency of the art critics to canonize and classify the specific genres and forms. The world of music is not an exception to this traditional predilection. This trait not only stands true for the classical music that evolved in the aristocratic European circles, but also holds valid in today’s era of Pop and Hip Hop.
The roots of Jazz, popularly known as America's classical music, can be traced towards the turn of the 20th century in New Orleans. Though there is no documentation to prove it, it is believed that jazz came about just after the Ragtime era (Jazz.about.com).
His parents soon recognized his talents and sent him to college as a child prodigy. In a few years he started to dance professionally in sleazy burlesque and vaudeville shows whose sexual undertones were to be imprinted in his later
As a function of this understanding, the following analysis will seek to analyze of Bob Foss and Gene Kelly with respect to the different dances they employed during the same period. Although it is true that
Wild. Out of the jungle” (italics from original text).1 In contrast to swing and early jazz, bebop is described as being more intellectual because of its technical difficulty with fast tempos and complex rhythms and characteristic improvisation from its soloists.2 Bebop’s