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Where did it begin? What makes it distinct as a musical style?
Most people equate jazz with the early to mid 20th century. However, many music historians today believe that the earliest seeds were planted in the United States as far back as 1819, when African-American slaves were performing public African tribal dances and playing string and percussion instruments, the sounds of which would be hinted at later in the jazz music to come.(Gioia 1) That said, it validates the ideals that jazz has strong and deep connections to African sounds and musical influence that contribute incredibly to the art form known as “jazz.” Historically, the “Original Dixieland Jass Band,” is credited with the first “jazz” recording intended for distribution. However, many experts believe that the band was a “copycat” group and not one of the true “pioneers” of the jazz genre; but the recordings popularity gave the music exposure all over the country.(Parker) The jazz that the public is most familiar with was that which was born and cultivated in New Orleans, Louisiana, when great performers, like King Oliver, a cornet player, began entertaining in the early 1900s. The sound was, also, gaining even greater exposure and popularity because many jazz bands traveled as the onboard entertainment on passenger river-boats. By the 1920’s jazz began evolving towards the big band formats, which allowed for different influences from blues, ragtime, African American spirituals, and European music.(Parker) In the 1930s and 1940s the jazz epicenter had become New York City, particularly the clubs of Harlem being the most popular. Jazz as a musical movement was born in the south, then grew and evolved as it migrated to the east, and has maintained itself as one of the most beloved musical forms across the country and throughout the world.
Musically, many historians explain that there are specific elements that are expressed that are unique to jazz music. The
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However, courtesy its appeal and tastefulness, it soon gradated to be a part of the contemporary popular music. Today, it would not be wrong to say that Jazz does has an important place in the modern Western classical music.
The 1920’s show us the transforming behaviors of American's for foreign interaction, community, and recreational exercises. As soon as the finish of World War I, a lot of Americans wished that United States remains away from European issues in the long term.
This essay no only describes music culture in Soviet region, but also refers to jazz and rock music genres that received mixed social reactions from USSR citizens. On one extreme side it was being rejected by the authorities of the Soviet Block, while at the other side the well established cultural elite supported it.
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It recognizes the huge part of Jazz that the public has never been explored. In discussing Jazz’s wild scenes, the author recognizes that Jazz musicians’ individuality coalesce with their performances in creating an attractive exuberance. Jazz musicians share the responsibility of handling the wild expectations of fans.
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).
Initially, the word "jazz" was used as a slang word and was only used to refer to the music in the city of Chicago.
The influx of slave trade in the year 1808 brought millions of Africans to the United