Jazz Music In The 1950's

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Jazz music began in black communities in the South in the early 1900s. It fused African and European styles. By 1950s a jazz style called Dixieland was popular in US and Europe. Bebop music which began in the 1940s became an accepted part of jazz in the 1950s. The most influentials are: saxophonist Charlie Parker, pianists Thelonius Monk and Bud Powell, trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis and drummer Max Roach (Lindop and Sarah 106). Jazz critic Penny Von Eschen claims that jazz tours of mid to late 1950s in Europe, the Middle East and Asia encouraged by government to endorse Americanness but jazz musicians unsatisfied by the way employed by government played their part in changing the perspectives of Cold War and the official
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