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.
Jazz has shaped the world we know today. Jazz would have never been as popular without the help of the famous musicians: Jelly Roll Morton, Joe King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. These people helped spread the new genre through radio, railroads, and the records that they played. Where did this all start? The jazz age began in New Orleans where a certain King was born.
Jazz is most often thought to have been started in the 1920s as this explosive movement, but that is in fact not the case. Starting in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century many African American musicians have started to explore their taste in improvising, and where better to do that than New Orleans (Anderson). Before the 1920s these jazz musicians have already been going around sharing the unique sound, but up until then, jazz had remained majorly in New Orleans. Interestingly during this period, a common jazz band would consist of a cornet, a clarinet, a trombone, and a rhythm section when at this period of time the clarinet is not commonly associated with being a jazz instrument, it moved into being the saxophone rather. A big
The artists were expected to look and act the part at all times and at all places. The hard work eventually did pay off as Motown will have forever influenced history, the civil rights movement, and the music industry by catapulting black culture into a primarily white civilization. Motown records was founded by American songwriter, Berry Gordy, on January 12, 1959 in Detroit, Michigan. Berry borrowed just $800 dollars from his family and started up what would become one of
It is a vocal genre emphasizing the vocal idiom. There were also urban blue forms that included Dancehall Blues Bands. The migration of the blacks to urban settings during the two World Wars was a period that would see the blacks development preference for blues-derived dance Music (King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records, 64). It was then that Jazz bandleaders such as Luck Millender, Todd Rhodes, Buddy Johnson and Tiny Bradshaw, created a type of dance music that would suit them (Soul: a Historical Reconstruction of Continuity and Change in Black Popular Music, 24). Their
The Roaring Twenties has another name, in fact. The 1920’s can be referred to as The Jazz Age. The 1920’s was a time for African American’s to express themselves through many different art forms. The Great Migration is what caused many chain events that led to the Jazz Age.
In 1936, Armstrong became the first African American to be featured in a Hollywood movie and to write an autobiography. Also, in 1937 he was the first African American to be on a sponsored radio broadcast. Moreover, he performed at hotels that didn't allow African Americans to stay, and he had contracts that no other African American had in the 1930s (Source A). Armstrong brought together scat singing, blues, and his trumpet and cornet to make a modern jazz. In his lifetime, Armstrong made thousands or records and inspired many to follow their dreams.
Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz whose career caught fire during the Harlem Renaissance. Langston Hughes was a poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist who was known as the leader of the Harlem Renaissance thanks to his “Jazz Poetry.” Lastly, W. E. B. Du Bois was a sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor who was best known for being one of the founders of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). These three personalities plus the role flappers had in the 1920’s helped the roaring twenties with it’s
How did classic blues differ from country blues? Country blues were authentic songs that were song by actually African Americans. Some people that performed these songs are laborers . Classic blues were less authentic then country blues.
• 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. • Jazz went from only playing in New Orleans to becoming a staple of the America airwaves, dance halls and homes” • The 1930’s brought a new style of jazz “big band swing”.
Louis music scene, and in 1952 he formed the Sir John Trio with pianist and band leader Johnnie Johnson and drummer Eddie Hardy. The connection with Johnson would be a lasting one, and the influence of the pianist's boogie style would become evident in Berry's guitar playing. Berry had a knack for pleasing the crowd, and the band eventually changed its name to The Chuck Berry Trio. The band's repertoire included the blues, ballads, and a number of "black hillbilly" songs that jokingly parodied the country music popular to the city's white audiences. While the trio's hillbilly songs initially provoked laughter, they became popular dance tunes among the predominantly black club-goers.
The Monkees Pretend for a moment that it is 1966, and you are driving to work, tuning the radio in your car. You stop on a station playing “Last Train to Clarksville” by The Monkees, a song you recognize from their popular TV show. The Monkees was a band of four boys that starred as themselves in a TV show as themselves and produced music. Though the band had a relatively short lifespan, the members produced plenty of episodes of their show and songs during it, and later wrote more songs after the breakup of the band via reunion tours. The members of the Monkees were very influential in the development of television and music during the 1960’s.
“Creoles of Color” were a group of jazz players specifically of Spanish and French heritage, although they didn’t want to identify with the African Americans. They prided themselves on being able to play music for any setting. In addition, there were bass bands that had a part in Marti Gras, along with symphony orchestras. Many of the Creoles did not want to be associated with blacks, and they prided themselves on being able to play music for any setting. Many of the Creoles were well-versed in European music, which led to a diverse mixing of African themed styles that was unusual for the time.