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.
They are passed down, interpreted different ways by each person that hears them, and can change the entire course of someone’s life. Music can have the same the same impact. In the 1920’s, Jazz and the blues became increasingly popular because of the freeing feeling young people got from listening and dancing to it. The new sound was shunned by the older generation because of the ““vulgarity” and “depravity” (and the “moral disasters” it supposedly inspired), but many in the younger generation loved the freedom they felt on the dance floor.” (History.com Staff) This type of music has lasted through almost a hundred years now, and still brings people the same freeing feeling it did when it was first discovered. Jazz is a type of music that is improvised.
Starting in New Orleans, jazz music swept the whole country off its feet. Dressmakers advertised “jazz styles” and poets wrote “jazz poetry”. Almost everyone living in America at the time were affected by this fun new music. One of the most important jazz musicians in this time was Father Dip aka Louis Armstrong. His solos and his magnificent trumpet playing made him such a popular jazz musician.
Armstrong, himself, was a comedian, and would push the boundaries of the accepted forms of jazz and pop music. At one time, he invented “scat” while singing in the song “Heebie Jeebies”; Armstrong claimed that he dropped the lyric sheet, and when the time came for him to sing, he sang horn-like nonsense syllables instead. Armstrong was also a deft interpreter of lyrics and was a masterful singer, and always wanted to his entertain his audience; in the end, he found great success with his pop hits despite the opinions of critics who at that time believed that he should play music with a more serious
With jazz dance starting in Africa and being influenced by many people, and modern dance starting mostly in Germany and having many different genres. Many people underestimate the uniqueness of the two, jazz dance is very structured while modern dance is free and is to be expressed through your feelings. Although jazz and modern dance are very different from one another, they have one thing in common, they are constantly influencing young dancers
One of the most audacious Hollywood films of the late 1970s was ‘All That Jazz’ and the music to match was just as cheeky. Music used throughout the film in ‘All That Jazz’, some of the songs had a very 80 's beat, which of course was en vogue when it was made. It combined musical theatre and elaborate flights of fancy to enthralling effect, employing a wide range of musical styles and compositions in the process. The music style used divides its time between jazzy pop classics ("Everything Old Is New Again" and "On Broadway") and a combination of classics handled by composer/arranger Ralph Burns. The jazzy pop songs made for fun listening from classical music, lushly-orchestrated pop classics to easy listening styled songs.
Performing jazz is not as easy as it seems, my first jazz performance to audiences from French was a disaster as the tempo of every song is so precise that if you were to miss just a single note, it will ruin the whole song. As time goes by, I then started to understand how jazz arrangement flows, although my knowledge in jazz is not as much, but it is a genre that is worth to spend some time and learn more about. Lately, I noticed that I no longer favour hanging out at the club with loud songs. My lifestyle had changed to spending my time at the jazz bar, listening to some local talents and if I’m lucky enough, I will be able to catch international jazz singers like Tompi from Indonesia. In addition, even my alarm music is a jazz song instead of other loud genres.
Clark Terry’s music deeply moved numerous jazz legends like Byron Stripling, who once said, “You don’t have to be a jazz fan. That’s really important with Clark Terry. You don’t have to be a jazz fan to like and to love his music because it invites you into it. You are invited in not only with virtuosic and bluesy sense, but also with humor. He
Because of the combined effort from the 2 organizations, it worked out in their favor. But, not only did women’s suffrage and prohibition take place, there were also “behind the scenes” taking place as well. People could express theirself more freely with dancing, art, culture, and many other things. The 1920’s was also known as the “jazz age”. The Dancing Times reported that people "apparently cannot take a meal or watch a play through without breaking off for a round or two of dancing."
The 20’s were an era of Jazz; with extravagant music playing throughout all hours of the night. Not only men went to fancy parties, but women as well were invited, sometimes appearing to have no company. Times were changing for women, for they could go out on their own and dress spontaneously. In many occasions throughout the book we get sights of the characters drinking, another big boom of this era; we know that prohibition was an enormous debate about this time as people began to drink more (Fitzgerald). All of this ties together, because Fitzgerald’s vision of the American dream was about discovery, individualism, and the pursuit of happiness.