Jazz is a musical form of African American origin characterized by improvisation and syncopation. Brass instruments, such as the trumpet and bass, woodwind instruments, including flutes and saxophones, the bass, and the piano are particularly associated with jazz. Improvisation and syncopation are two essential concepts in jazz. Improvisation is the “creative activity of immediate (“in the moment”) musical composition, which combines performance with communication of emotions and instrumental technique”. Syncopation is a “temporary displacement of the regular metrical accent in music caused typically by stressing the weak beat.”
Jazz is most often thought to have been started in the 1920s as this explosive movement, but that is in fact not the case. Starting in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century many African American musicians have started to explore their taste in improvising, and where better to do that than New Orleans (Anderson). Before the 1920s these jazz musicians have already been going around sharing the unique sound, but up until then, jazz had remained majorly in New Orleans. Interestingly during this period, a common jazz band would consist of a cornet, a clarinet, a trombone, and a rhythm section when at this period of time the clarinet is not commonly associated with being a jazz instrument, it moved into being the saxophone rather. A big
• Until the middle of the 1950’s “Jazz dance” was more commonly referred to as tap dance due to tap being performed to jazz music. VIDEO • Jazz music can be traced back to the times of slavery. In America slaves were not allowed to speak their native language and were forbidden to use their drums. Music became a means of survival. • Slave work songs were created, to pass time, in the form of “call and response”.
Jazz is an American style music that was formed around 1900, the beginning of jazz actually begins in the early 1600s. Early jazz was defined into two different categories, ragtime which has no improvisation and traditional jazz (Dixieland) that has lots of improvisation. Scott Joplin is a well-known musician who helped create the ragtime style of jazz. During the 1920s they started recording jazz performances, most recording are studied from this era. A few people who made this happen in New Orleans during this time period are, Buddy Bolden, Joe “King” Oliver and Sidney Bechet.
I’m sure if I had more experience with music and more particularly jazz music, I would be able to identify differences much easier. This band played “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” “Cherokee,” “In A Mellow Tone,” and “Recordame.” Like the first band, this band also introduced their next songs and also included when they modified the original versions. My favorite performance of the night was the last song “Recordame.” The band noted that they modified this song, and right away I had a good idea of one of the biggest modifications when the drummer got up and grabbed an electric drum pad and set it next to his drum set.
New Orleans is undoubtedly the birthplace of jazz. As the magic of jazz brought about a new period in music history, and legends emerged, jazz quickly took on many forms and incarnations around the country. The originators and pioneers in New Orleans kept the original seed alive in what came to be known as “Dixieland Jazz.” New Orleans was the right place and the right time for jazz. Immigrants to the city in the late 19th century brought their traditions of brass bands with them: marching in parades, providing music for funerals, performing at community events.
In the beginning African American musicians all got together in New Orleans to create a new music. Jazz. Throughout the 1920s and 30’s, jazz music became an important part of American popular culture. The jazz sound that had originated in New Orleans became more diverse, and appealed to people from different classes.
Today I went to see the Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble at Rockwell Hall. I chose this ensemble because growing up I enjoyed listening to jazz music. My preconceived notion about the ensemble was there would be singing and instruments playing. Jazz is a genre of music that originated in New Orleans, and since it was a port city it was the melting pot of different cultures.
(“Jazz is a music style that first gained popularity in southern cities like New Orleans around the turn of the 20th century. It is a very emotional brand of music that reflects the trials and hardships felt by the people who performed its tunes. A Jazz concert can be a fantastic opportunity to not only hear some great music, but learn about its cultural significance in American history. All of this can be reflected in a well-written report about a jazz concert”.) by Bill Varoskovic. The latest concert that I attended On wednesday october 21,2015 was the cumberland county college jazz showcase.
Musicians like Duke Ellington Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman started all their career with 20s jazz. Jazz spawned a variety of subgenres, from New Orleans Dixieland dating from the early 1910s, big band-style swing from the 1930s and 1940s, bebop from the mid-1940s, a variety