The final poem of significance is Jazzonia, in which Hughes experiments with literary form to transform the act of listening to jazz into an ahistorical and biblical act. Neglecting form, it is easy to interpret the poem shallowly as a simple depiction of a night-out in a cabaret with jazz whipping people into a jovial frenzy of singing and dancing. But, the poem possesses more depth, when you immerse yourself in the literary form. The first aspect of form to interrogate is the couplet Hughes thrice repeats: “Oh, silver tree!/Oh, shining rivers of the soul!” Here, we see the first transformation. The “silver tree” alludes to an instrument used to perform jazz (probably a saxophone).
Imagine an array of musicians (a saxophonist, trumpeter, bassist and drummer) passionately playing a symphony of music—with an apoplectic intensity and at a bone-rattling volume. This is jazz. Jazz has an identifiable history and distinct stylistic evolution. Jazz grew up alongside the blues and popular music, but what changed the way of music in America was still jazz. From the 1920 's through the late 1950 's jazz was formed from the heart and soul of African American.
Eventually Davis secured them a contract with capitol records that would be very important in their lives. The group recorded between 1949-1950 for the eventual album released in 1954 called the birth of cool, which launched the cool sound of jazz and carved the path for the sound entirely of the 1950s. In an interesting section from the album Boplicity there can be seen a transition from bop to cool. It was suggested that while the tempo had been slowed down there were still characteristics of bop such as the light style drumming, the bass keeping the beat and the trademark unison playing at the begriming of the piece. Though having been the father of cool Davis was one of the first to turn away from it in the recording of 1954 Walkin a twelve-bar blues whose straight Hearst funkiness bloomed compared to the sales of the cool.
"It don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing") by Duke Ellington was performed in 1932, and sung in "Blue Note"; which to simply put it is a note half a step lower than what is expected. This piece is orchestrated from various trumpets, trombones, saxophones, pianos, banjos, basses, and drums; however,
Charlie extended both the melodic and the rhythmic range of jazz music in a systematic way. Each of his solo’s appeared to be unique in nature, not the repetition of a distinctive pattern. His music was revolutionary because it was based on disjointedness instead of melodious
Wright’s tempo can be slow and have a feel-good gospel jazz vibe, whereas McFerrin’s is very fast and hard to keep up with, I do not believe his audience would use his song “Hallucinations” to kick back and relax to, contradicting its euphoric title. Both Lizz Wright and Bobby McFerrin are talented musicians who share characteristics of the vocal jazz scene but differ mainly in their style, techniques, and
This was a striking opportunity to use that to their advantage. “Musicians took their fame and music to promote racial equality” (Gross 1). Two of the many great jazz musicians during this time were Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. Louis Armstrong lived a life of jazz and made a career of it from the 1920s to the 1960s. “...by performing for mainly white audiences, Louis Armstrong had a subtle way of dealing with racial issues” (Gross 1).
I think that this piece has many characteristics similar to jazz music. For example, the saxophone and piano pieces during 1:22-3:17 are improvised. This piece also incorporates characteristics of folk music, like jazz, by giving this piece a utilitarian purpose with an association with dancing or celebration. This piece has a connotation to me because it is similar to music that is played at most Mexican restaurants. Hearing this piece reminds me of the good times my family has when we go out to
For this reason, the musical was more entertaining than challenging. While the musical did explore major themes of the movie, the exploration and portrayal of these themes fell short of that in the movie. This can be attributed to the musical numbers and their influence on the tone of the musical. If the tone and the music had been darker, more themes could’ve been
In the late 19th century Emile Berliner introduced the Gramophone which was a swing off of the Phonograph, the art of sound recordings, replacing sheet music making it a lot easier and quicker for artists. Jazz would not be at the point it is now without this invention. Having recording equipment meant that during live performances the solos would be able to be re-listened to and learnt by other artists ameture or professionals. Also by recording parts of the performance first meant it would be a lot easier instead of using instruments like the banjo and tuba this also meant if they didn 't have access to those instruments their shows could still go easier. This meant that Jazz could adapt a little more with every listen and practice but also it meant that Jazz could travel a lot further around the world than it would have had it just been live music.