"Satchmo," "Pops," and "Ambassador Satch" were names for an outstanding jazz artist that inspired many. He was one of the most important musicians in jazz. He helped to transform the traditional New Orleans style into a completely different form of jazz. Louis Daniel Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana in a very poor neighborhood. His father, a laborer, abandoned the family when he was young, and his mother was an irresponsible single parent.
Ever since the year of its composition in 1945, jazz musicians have been playing and recording covers of this iconic piece. From Bill Evans to Chick Corea, swing jazz to fusion, improvisers from all over the world have been taking cracks at this classic tune and each time, creating something new. Jazz has been referred to by free jazz innovator Ornette Coleman as being the “...only music in which the same note can be played night after night, but differently each time.” The act of spontaneous improvisation, feeling the music with one's instinct rather than thinking about the notes coming out of one’s instrument, forces the improviser to create different ideas every time. Since one’s stream of conscious and unconscious thought is never the same at any two points in time, there will never be a time where a soloist will play the same solo
The power of jazz dance would have never influence so many people today with the famous American dancer, Jack Cole. Jack Cole was mainly known as the “Father of Jazz Dance” and had a unique style of movement that he portrayed in a variety of commercial setting. Jack Cole was not only known as a mentor to many dancers throughout the world but also as an innovator of dance movement and a filmmaker who connected the relationship of the camera and dance together. Jack Cole was given the name of “The Father of Dance” because he has created a genre of dance that has a mixture of modern, ethnic, ballet into a movement language as we know as theatrical jazz dance. Without Cole’s inspiration jazz dance would have never been born.
He made it so popular and universal that it passes through the years and the fashions until now without us figuring out. Scat singing is a vocal jazz style that consists of improvising a song made of senseless syllables or wordless vocables. Also, it follows a tune (improvised or not), usually over an instrumental background. All these elements turn scat singing into a very difficult technique. In order to master it, it is necessary to have excellent musical skills and
Louis Armstrong is a phenomenal example of improvisation and is also considered one of the best trumpet players that there has ever been. It is very clear that improvisation is a strong suit of Louis Armstrong just by listening to his song “Heebie Jeebies” from 1926. Without the intermingling of European classical music and African traditional music in the early stages of America, jazz would not contain the distinct components that it does to this very day. Politics/government is a cultural influence that people seem to feel uncomfortable talking about but it is impossible to neglect the fact that politics had a huge impact on the way jazz was shaped. In 1803, the United States purchased a tract of land from the French that spanned from the bayous of Louisiana all along the Mississippi river up to the
Ragtime was the precursor of the jazz. The difference between ragtime and jazz was that ragtime was played by the sheet music, whereas jazz focused the improvisation of the solo. Jazz can be said to arise from the black brass bands of New Orleans. The first black bands are modeled after the band of white, but the performances gradually began to show the black unique sense, such as marches and ragtime. Trumpeter Buddy Bolden was one of the leading jazz musicians.
New Orleans can be described as the most multicultural and musical city in America. In New Orleans, nothing seemed to be able to stop the music from flourishing, not legalizing prostitution nor prohibition. The multi-ethnic population had an energetic/lively attitude that accompanied the music produced in the city. In New Orleans music was omnipresent; there were always bands traveling around the city performing in concerts, clubs, parties, dances and even funerals. Bands in New Orleans were not strictly black, but a number of races.
However, its roots can be traced from the musical traditions of Africa and Europe. Jazz is also categorised by polyrhythms, blue notes, call and response and improvisation. Swing music The swing era was the period of time around 1935–1946, when big band swing music became the most popular music in the United States. The era's beginning is dated from Benny Goodman's performance at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles in 1935, bringing the music to the rest of the country. Swing music was performed by large dance orchestras divided into sections
The organization of the New Orleans jazz was a small brass band. Trumpet or cornet, trombone, clarinet, two drums (snare drum and bass drum) were used as the primary instruments and marching band music, ragtime, blues had been played a lot. Armstrong improvised jazz solo almost single-handed. Armstrong became well known as a singer than a player in later his career. He demonstrated great skills as an improviser, bending the melodies and tunes of songs for expression.
At that time, Tango songs were made of violin, flute, guitar or tangos played in a brothel and cabarets. The first great Tango hit was written by Angel Villoldo in 1905, a singer with his guitar. The name of the hit song “El Choclo”was recognized by people as a pure Tango song. He is the most influential Tango artist that introduced Samba. As matter of fact because of the massive European immigration, it brought a wave of Italians to Buenos Aires, most of them coming from Naples, evolving the Tango into a more lyrical version (Denniston) Besides the music, a driving force for Tango was the dance and at that time the dance introduced the Tango to the world.