One of the most popular genres of music known to mankind today is the music of jazz. During the mid 1910’s, many of the nation 's population were living in the urban areas causing for ethnic diversity and a era for people to learn to express themselves. The 1920s brought many advancements to today 's society especially in music. Jazz was making its debut in the 1920s, which is why it is known as the ‘Jazz Age’. From the 1920 's through the late 1950 's jazz was shaped from the absolute entirety of African American.
Jazz being one of the few public forums for African American self expression, allowed musicians a platform to speak to their audiences and to transcend the barriers they faced in society. Beboppers ‘spoke’ at whirlwind speed, almost as if to say ‘you can’t catch me’ to their white counterparts. Although some elements of the music carried on from the Swing Era, such as the 32 bar song form and the 12 bar blues foundations, the harmonic and rhythmic complexity was stretching the boundaries further and further from the mainstream popular swing style. Heavy use of flattened ninths, sharpened elevenths and other altered intervals in solos and the speed at which they were used as well as the phrasing of these notes gave the music an off balance quality. Dizzy Gillespie’s tendency towards desceding whole or halfstep patterns such as in “Con Alma” and “A Night in Tunisia”, Charlie Parker’s favoured ii-V substitutions in the famous bridge to “Ko Ko” and “Confirmation” and the mastery of dissonance by Thelonious Monk shows the boppers preoccupation with developing their sound, making statements through their music.
During the late 19th century and early 20th century, different minorities in New Orleans came together and performed improvised music for the dancers (“A New Orlean Jazz”). The existence of this diversity in musicians and need to play music by these performers is the main cause such a unique genre of music culture could form. As the jazz culture became widespread, it influenced other parts of art such as novels and poems. It become more than music; it was culture. During the late 20th century, jazz was an important revolution that helped gain minority the recognition and importance it had longed for.
Many whites looked down on black men and women without getting to know them for who they really were. Stokely Carmichael urged the people to understand that everyone had importance in America not just white men. This convinced many people to have a change of thought. Some people realized that it wasn't fair but not all. Many fights broke out when whites didn’t change their minds.
The 1920’s was a time of excess and people were looking for new things to indulge in. For all his success a poet Hughes was now getting resistance not so much from the white community as he was from his fellow African American artists. These artists, and really any educated black person who had gained a sliver of respect among the white population, hated lower class uneducated black men as much as James Hughes did. Langston Hughes wrote a lot about the everyday struggle of an average African American, and this is why the rest of the educated African American community had disdain for his art. This did not, however, stop his ascension to a top figure of the Harlem renaissance in the 1920’s, as his poems were very popular among much of the American population.
They were creating new styles of music and ways of playing. From spirituals, came ragtime, and blues came jazz, and from jazz came swing. Early forms of Black music evolved from the early slave music in the 1800s. It started when whites didn't believe that black could sing or play white music. Negro spirituals were often called sorrow songs because of the fear of living as slaves.
While in New York, Armstrong made dozens of records as a sideman, creating inspirational jazz and backup singing for many blues singers. Moreover, he had records as a soloist including "Cornet Chop Suey" and "Potato Head Blues." These solos changed jazz history, by incorporating daring rhythm choices, swing and high notes on cornet(Source B). Furthermore, in 1926, Armstrong finally switched from the cornet to the trumpet. After 1926, Louis became more and more famous and broke more and more barriers through his music.
Louis Armstrong shaping scat singing to make it achieve posterity Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) is surely one of the most famous and incredible jazz singer and trumpet player. He influenced widely, and still does, jazz music. But there is something that only jazz specialists or some aficionados know: he actually reinvented a brand new genre of vocal jazz, the scat singing. And I said “reinvented” on purpose. Indeed, though Louis Armstrong 's recording Heebie Jeebies in 1926 is often cited as the first song to use scatting, there are some earlier examples of artists ' pieces of work that could be considered as premises of scat singing.
Duke Ellington was a very famous pianist and composer as well as a bandleader of early to mid-20th century. Duke Ellington was not only known for having been a notable Jazz player, but also for having had a significant sound that made him stand out among other players in front of his audience. His use of rhythms and melodies in a blended manner allowed audiences a new experience to truly feel and comprehend the beauty of Swing music. Glenn Miller was a big band musician, a songwriter and composer. He is most famous for having done the most known arrangement of the famous Jazz song, In the Mood.
Additionally, it had a revitalizing influence for African Americans to develop race pride; giving such a prestige to their work affected African Americans in a manner of desiring to reconnect with their unwanted African heritage. By incorporating Jazz and Blues to the movement, the Harlem Renaissance attracted the fascination of white people, mixing up their cultures and societies, providing opportunities for interracial couples to share more than dances, and although at some point it contributed to an evident decrease of racist outlooks
(Jazz Standards.com) The 1920’s centered around these tunes more than others, but that doesn’t mean they were hated they just weren’t as popular; but despite the rankings the pieces affected the entertainment in the 20’s for the best. The first great wave of American influence that came on Japanese popular music came before the Second World War and the rapid expansion of Japan’s record industry began in the late 1920’s. Imports of American records, and songs brought a wide amount of music into the culture of Japanese music creating mesmerizing pieces of Japanese popular
Armstrong became a Jazz Ambasador for the U.S. government and ended up playing Black and Blue for people of other countries (Meckna,Satchmo: The Louis Armstrong Encyclopedia , 2004, p. 38). Many argue that Armstrong was an ineffective advocate for racial tolerance and equality due to the way he appeared to play into black stereotypes created by whites. One example of this is his performance as King of the Zulus. Though this was his boyhood dream come true, younger generations of African Americans were embarrassed and frustrated by it. Even Armstrong’s supporters clumsily tried to support his actions with no avail (Teachout, Pops: a life of Louis Armstrong, 2009, p. 324).
Jazz brought about a new form of music, and the artists allowed people to let loose and find a way to express themselves better. Of all the influential musicians in the time period, there were none better than Jelly Roll Morton, Joe King Oliver, Sidney Bichet, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. Each artist has their own story, and their own reason for the end of their career. Some lived their life out in fame and glory, while others were shown the more dramatic side of life. Their upbringing may differ, but they all had one thing in common; a lasting contribution for not only the Jazz Era, but for all other generations and genres of music to come.
The music in the 1930’s and 1940’s was beautiful and fun. you everything about music in the wonderful years of 1930’s to 1940’s. I believe that music back then was way better then the music that plays nowadays. This is only my opinion Jazz also known as Swing was extremely danceable, fun, and lively.Country has been around even before the Halocaust started. The holocaust didn 't start until the
Although my favorite piece was MacArthur Park, I thought the most striking moment of the entire concert was when the lead trumpet from Brazoswood High School’s AM Jazz Band moved to the front of the stage and played alongside Bergeron during Bright Moments—matching him almost pitch for pitch. In summary, it is easy to see why the Brazoswood/Brazosport high schools claim to have the best jazz programs in the area. In my opinion, these high school bands matched or surpassed some smaller college bands’ levels of