Jazz In New Orleans

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Jazz in New Orleans Jazz is such a unique and distinguished genre of music that delights the ear of every person who listens to it. Found in New Orleans, it grew in fame all around the world and will always be popular. Why New Orleans? The history of the founding jazz and what impacted it is astonishing. The 19th century was a century that united different ethnic groups such as German, French, Irish, Spanish, African and Italian together, these ethnicities had one main thing in common – the same taste in music. How did Jazz develop and what were the main causes of it being found in New Orleans? New Orleans was founded as a part of the French Louisiana colony in the year of 1718. We know that the Louisiana territory was taken away from us…show more content…
There were many bands including many races. Laine’s band, famous from 1890 up to 1913, was one of these bands that impacted the beginning of the first generation of the white jazzman. “A special collaborative relationship developed between brass bands in New Orleans and mutual aid and benevolent societies” (Jazz Origins in New Orleans, www.nps.gov). For African-Americans, such societies played an important and integral role in their daily life after the Civil War in the 19th century. These societies helped the sick and helped to bury the dead, which was fundamental for the blacks since they were prohibited from receive services providing health care. As mentioned earlier, brass bands played during festivals, concerts, parades, funerals and many other occasions. The blacks had their own traditions like during funerals they would have dancing…show more content…
Music publishing houses, theaters, vaudevilles, and numerous instrument stores filled the streets of New Orleans as well as employed a great percentage of musicians in the district. New Orleans had a great affection to dancing. Brass band musician would also play for dance bands. String instruments like the guitar, violin, and string bass were added to soften the music. New types of jazz acquired by genteel dances made the music bring much delight to the ear and was very popular amongst Creole of color bands, one example would be the John Robichaux’s Orchestra. Traditional dance styles gained much popularity as well. New musical styles were being formed and some musicians like Charles Bolden improvised to the point of obtaining his own unique style. Since most events that took place in New Orleans would be accompanied by music, musicians were in luck at that time period as they were offered to play at countless events, not only parades and holidays, but at different store opening, parties, church festivals, weddings, and many other events. Many new artists arose, one of the most famous since 1920 and to this day is Louis Armstrong which “through his clear, warm sound, unbelievable sense of swing, perfect grasp of harmony, and supremely intelligent and melodic improvisations, he taught us all to play jazz” (Marsalis,

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