** • Jazz music was part of the popular minstrel shows and vaudeville shows, both of which introduced the music to wider audiences. • Scott Joplin bought jazz into homes all over the country, and the Ragtime craze was on. It really caught on in New Orleans allowing Jazz to flourish due to its less rigid social backgrounds. New Orleans became the first true jazz centre. • This encouraged the popularity and growth of jazz music.
By 1920, the Jazz age was well underway as a direct challenge to the prohibition of alcohol. Famous Jazz players of the 1920s where: Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, and Joe Venuti. This was one of the first times in American history that the majority of non-African Americans accepted parts of African American culture. It was the moment that many African Americans were able to enter into the mainstream. Though African Americans lived under constant fear of death and pain in the Gilded Age, all was not pain and sorrow.
It made most music accessible to people all across America and the rest of the civilized world. Although it seems that there were a billion blues players across the Southern part of our country, Robert Johnson was one of the most widely recognized innovative blues players. Both the public and other musicians recognized him as a forerunner to our basic blues concepts. Eventually,
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was most famous for his musical contribution to the Harlem Renaissance. His profound love for his jazz music added to the sounds of the “New Negro Movement”. Duke played almost exclusively at the Harlem Cotton club. He was a jazz legend for over fifty years, He
The Lincoln Library quoted about Robinson, “ What Jackie Robinson achieved on the baseball diamond may fade with the passage of time, but what he achieved as a man will long be remembered.” ( Lincoln Library 88). In 1949, Jackie Robinson won the National League Most Valuable Player Award ( Pietrusza 18 ). He was the first black to do so. Also, back in 1947, Robinson became the first black man to Rookie of the Year. One of the biggest magazines at the time Sporting News honored Jackie Robinson with Rookie of the Year.
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington: Pianist, conductor, songwriter, and bandleader. Since his early teen years, Ellington left his mark on the genre of Jazz music with countless compositions and numerous variety forms that would be displayed for almost half a century. Ellington’s music career redefined many aspects of American music. His musical styling blended elements such as: his signature pursued ragtime, the blues, minstrel song, and others. It was this new complex, and diverse styling that would become a hot commodity of sorts, used in multiple settings including the nightclub scene, theaters, ballrooms, concert halls, and more.
Salsa is a dance that is popular among people from the Caribbean, and among native Spanish speaking people. Salsa music is actually influenced heavily by Spanish, European, and African music. Anyone that is familiar with Salsa music will certainly agree that this is very true. It is thought that Salsa music originated with the Latin community in New York. The fact is that Salsa popularity has risen considerably over the years.
Ahmet Ertegun is one of most well known and respected a&r people in the music industry. It all began in 1947 when Ahmet and friend Herb Abramson founded the legendary Atlantic Records. Ahmet created a long and lengthy career that spanned for more than five decades. His key to success rely heavily on his best qualities that helped sustained his career beyond the average industry worker. Ahmet’s best qualities include, being able to adapt to musical styles changing, having a passion and love for the music itself, and being able to communicate and be friends with all types of people.
Duke Ellington was a renowned personality in the music industry, as he was a very successful and notable composer and pianist. He also was a band leader of jazz orchestra throughout his professional career of fifty years; he had been the leader of the orchestra from the year 1923. He was born in 1899 and passed away in 1974. He was a notable figure in the music industry and had an active professional career in the field. That is why his personality is worthy of study so that lessons might be drawn from his life.
Harlem became the center of a “spiritual coming of age” in which Locke’s “New Negro” transformed “social disillusionment to race pride.” Many people would come to Harlem to hear the jazz music being played by musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Writers and black scholars such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neal Hurston gained popularity in Harlem also. The Harlem Renaissance brought together many people of many colors and beliefs to appreciate the talent and culture of African
Finally Reprise Records heard of his success and signed him up. As a result his live albums became very popular; in 1965 he got his own show, “The Don Ho Show” and later on “Don Ho – Again”. The song “Tiny Bubbles” became his signature song. Among his most popular