Name Instructor Course Date Duke Ellington Career and adult life Duke Ellington was a real innovator; he used his band to influence the growth of jazz and the American music sector. Like Hajdu noted, I believe Duke Ellington’s music made the real sound of America (72). He was an American bandleader, jazz composer, and pianist, who served for long as leader of big-band jazz. Born to a negro Butler, Ellington took up his the piano at the age of seven searching for dignity, attention, and generational fame. He joined the Elmer Snowden, the Washingtonians in New York (Collier, 46).
The impact that Louis Armstrong had on jazz music and the Jazz Age was so immaculate that it transformed the genre of this new music for many generations to come. Through his multitudes of different performances during the twenties, he developed new ways and techniques to enhance his playing. Performances were never lacking for Louis he showcased solos, as well as in bands, which expanded his popularity throughout the country. Beginning his career and influence in the twenties, he started off with his solo performances, exhibiting his incredible trumpet and cornet playing as well as adding some singing in with the mix. These bountiful performances allowed him to become invited by his mentor “King” Oliver to be a part of his Creole Jazz Band.
The piece is simultaneously light-hearted and stunningly sophisticated. “Handful of Key’ shows of Waller’s virtuosic talent as well as his slick and illustrious style. In a similar manner to how Waller defined jazz piano improvisations of the time, Krupa defined jazz drum improvisations. As showcased in Benny Goodman Orchestra’s “Sing Sing Sing” Krupa used a new drum set up that allowed him to create a new pounding and heavier sounding style. Krupa’s work on “Sing Sing Sing” is significantly ahead of its time, his drum work in the piece sounds like it could be taken out of a number of song written decades after Krupa’s time.
The first jazz work considered more than just dance music, this piece brought attention to Ellington 's genius in orchestration. Its "A" Section has the first melody, a dirge-like minor key, and piano accents. Section "B1" has the second melody in a major key, with variations and blues-like accents and growls, and section "B2" presents a variation on the second melody. Section "C" features sustained trumpet, high notes, and growls. Section "D" provides a piano solo.
He showed his appreciation and love of jazz music by incorporating the styles, rhythms, and improvs in his writing. Interestingly enough, jazz also showed appreciation for Burroughs’ work when he was published twice in the jazz magazine Metronome. In the publication, “The editorial comment stresses the connection between junk and jazz with Burroughs’ pieces deglamorizing the heroin scene” (Birmingham). Even people at the time knew the influence that drugs and jazz had on William
Some people who perfected this were Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Chick Webb. In many instances, Duke Ellington had many hit songs that really pushed the Harlem Renaissance along with the tone and sensation that it would provide to the listener. One of these songs, In a Sentimental Mood, really showcases his technique and style of music and how it attaches to people's mood. The tone of In a Sentimental Mood expresses the baffling times of pain and depressing ambiance. Another musician, who could do this was John Coltrane, with his reverent music and flair that really drove the point of inequality and the necessity of equality to those of every race.
Blues pieces often express sadness and melancholy. Along with this, Jazz music is a type of music which was originated by interaction between black and Creole musicians and is characterized by improvisation and syncopation, emerging in the beginning of 19th century. Drum set, cornet or trumpet, trombone, clarinet were major instruments played with jazz songs. The Blueberry hill and Cross
Swing was first introduced by black musicians. Some of them included Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and Jimmy Lunceford. Interestingly enough, because of the popularity of the music, African Americans were able to produce music and bring it into white society for them to listen to. These African American musicians also influenced many of the white musicians as well. White jazz musicians had taken inspiration from black jazz music for many years, but because of swing, they became even more deeply devoted to integrating this music to blacks and whites.
During this time period he start to work with a pianist named Bill Evans, who collaborated with Davis to make the sub-genre of jazz know as Modal Jazz. Modal Jazz focuses on using scales that are different from standard major and minor scales. Another unique factor of Modal Jazz is that it often uses unchanging harmonies throughout the entire song (Yudkin, Jeremy. “An Analysis of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue.”). With the development of this style, Miles Davis and Bill Evans created one of the most famous jazz albums of all time called “Kind of Blue”.
As soon as the concert started I was utterly ravished by the opening number. The only popular symphonic orchestra in New York-- the New York Pops presented one of Billy Strayhorn's jazz classics, Take the a Train, took me traveling through big apple, down into the eastern Brooklyn, up into the northern Manhattan. The jazzy vibe, gosh, killed me softly. The reason why I chose a Jazz concert for my concert report was because I was also very fond of Jazz. I liked the feeling that Jazz provided.
TO THE DIRECTOR This piece was commissioned several years ago by the Evanston Township High School Jazz Ensemble in Evanston, IL, in honor of one of its alums, bassist Bob Cranshaw, who recently passed away. Cranshaw came to prominence during the Hard Bop era and was involved in almost every aspect of jazz and commercial music performance in his lifetime. He also spent his later years involved with the Musicians Union, advocating for the rights of jazz musicians. Dr. Fodor suggested this title because of its double meaning; musicians who have played lots of less than desirable gigs are said to have “paid their dues” and the word “dues” also refers to the payment of union dues. This composition is written in the hard style of the hard driving shuffles so prominent in the Hard Bop era.