If you listen to jazz today, you will hear expanded musical harmonies, musicians playing more complex chords, and musical harmonies borrowed from many different genres of music, including pop. Many new, mainstream jazz as artists use the same techniques that artists from the early 1900’s used. Joseph “King” Oliver was the father to many of these techniques, which changed jazz and the way we hear it today. During the 1920’s, Joe “King” Oliver was the most progressive and influential artist in jazz because of his musical innovations that influenced other jazz artists to incorporate his methods,which sparked a new type of jazz. Jazz was first born in New Orleans and eventually moved to Chicago.
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.
Jazz was born in New Orleans about 100 years ago (early 20th century), but its roots can be found in the musical traditions of both Africa and Europe. In fact, some people say that jazz is a union of African and European music. Most legends are known for excelling in a specific field or for doing something so impactful on the world that they will be remembered for ages. What set Louis Armstrong apart from others considered to be legends is that he did this multiple times throughout his life and with ease. Over time there have been many people that have impacted the world and society we live in.
Eleanor Feagan, most commonly known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter who had a career lasting nearly 30 years. The way she sang had been strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists and introduced a new way of controlling phrasing and tempo. She carried an abundant amount of emotion and character in her voice, in addition to her material. Holiday is one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time and has had an everlasting influence on American music.
Armstrong began performing in musical clubs of “Black Storyville” in New Orleans with the likes of King Oliver and trombonist Kid Ory. In 1919 when King Oliver made his way to Chicago, Armstrong took over his position in Ory’s band. It would only be 4 years later that King Oliver would ask Armstrong to come to Chicago to play in his Creole Jazz band, by this point Armstrong was an accomplished musician who had made it known that New Orleans was the epicenter of jazz in
After leaving reform school, he started his career with the cornet when he was spotted by famous jazz musicians Kind Oliver. He eventually moved through the ranks quickly and became the second chair cornet player in King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. In this experience, he was able to expand his musical horizons, allowing him to blow up in the jazz scene and invent new styles never heard of before. With these styles came change, in order for Armstrong to truly develop his styles, he had to change his instrument which eventually led to him picking up the trumpet because he did not want to stray too far from his roots. This eventually led to his breakthrough success in the jazz
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)
From receiving heavy criticism due to a variety of factors to being the most popular musical genre for Canadians during the Great Depression, jazz music has been responsible for uplifting people’s spirits, shaping cities and changing the face of music. Prohibition and racial tensions in the United States attracted talent, whether immigrants were seeking employment in film or pursuing a career in jazz. The Golden Age of Radio also contributed to jazz’s success, leading jazz to be the most popular genre of the 1930s. It is often forgotten that Canada is home to some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, like Oscar Peterson. Jazz is not only an American concept, contrary to popular
Muchito was known as the soul of music, once he was established in New York. The music from Cuba made its way to New York City and they intertwined it in the Jazz music to put a spin on it. The music spoke directly to the Latinos’ that have moved to New York. They say it changed their lives. It was known as the bridge
Unlike classical music, in which string instruments always plays the major role, the instruments of jazz music are more equally diverse. In the ensemble I felt that the brass instruments and the drum set totally led the entire performance. The drum was definitely the soul of the Jazz to which every other instrument had to go with and obey. Without the drum, Jazz would lose its rhythm—as well as its spirit. Other instruments such as piano, guitar, and double bass all of which were rarely used as the major tones during the classical music ensemble, but in the jazz ensemble they were all played
A standout amongst the most prominent supporters of the racial refinement of jazz music was African-American jazz artist Duke Ellington. He intentionally coordinated spirituals and racial influences in his music and referenced to African-American history and society in a number of his tunes. While doing this, Ellington deliberately endorsed the idea that jazz music was African-American. Duke Ellington insisted that the music he played was distinctly African-American. He expressed his conviction of this fact by
The Harlem Renaissance: Not Just the Black Jazz Age New York City, famously known as the city of dreams even before the Alicia Keys song. For the black communities of the 20’s, they found refuge in the back streets of Harlem, New York from the harsh reality of segregated America. Here, famous artists, musicians, and authors started a black pride culture phenomenon called today the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement of racial pride influenced by history, literature, and the culture of the era.