During the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, New York became the home of the jazz musicians. There was a lot of respect and popularity for Jazz music. Since New York was a diverse state, all types of people started to become interested in jazz music. This was the first time that the African Americans were considered to be valuable members of the American society. Jazz music eventually led the creation of jazz poetry.
The Great Decade Of the 1920’s “Did you know in the 1920ś”, American imports were numerous songs, and musical elements that referred to places or cultures considered to be exotic to Americans? (Pope) The 1920’s tied together a bunch of events from the decade to even the next decade. This decade separated the genre of jazz from ragtime and the blues. (Funk & Wagnalls) The 1920’s had opened up opportunities for musicians in many ways from getting jobs to earning money, and or getting to hear the snazzy new sounds of the 20’s. The technology of music was a weightful impact not only on the 1920’s but also the 30’s, 40’s, and so on.
These parades gave many opportunities for young musicians to gain more skills and make their way into the musical industry. “The decade marked the beginning of independent (or indie) record companies” (Tyle, Jazz History: The Standards (1920s)). In the 20th century many jazz musicians, bands, and orchestras moved outside of New Orleans. “The Original Creole Orchestra, featuring Freddie Keppard, was an important early group that left New Orleans, moving to Los Angeles in 1912” (Jazz Origins in New Orleans,
While playing with his band, Armstrong also performed nightly at clubs and silent films. Later in Armstrong's career he joined the Hot 5 and later Hot 7. While playing with the Hot 7 Armstrong made some hit songs including “Potato Head Blues” and “Alligator Crawl”. Louis Armstrong is a impressive representation of the 1920’s because he represents the music from this time. Some of his recording with the Hot 7 are generally known as a great example of 20’s music.
New Orleans is undoubtedly the birthplace of jazz. As the magic of jazz brought about a new period in music history, and legends emerged, jazz quickly took on many forms and incarnations around the country. The originators and pioneers in New Orleans kept the original seed alive in what came to be known as “Dixieland Jazz.” New Orleans was the right place and the right time for jazz. Immigrants to the city in the late 19th century brought their traditions of brass bands with them: marching in parades, providing music for funerals, performing at community events. Most of those bands were all-white, however, and others were limited within specific ethnic communities (Italians, Croatians, Germans, etc.).
When musicians engage in collective improvisation, they usually have some sort of frame of reference from which to base their playing off of. In jazz slang, this frame of reference is known as a “standard”. In popular music it is typically uncommon to have one song played and recorded by countless bands and for each recording to be unique in its own way, but somehow jazz musicians find a way to play the same song again and again, for decades. Take for example, the popular jazz standard “Autumn Leaves”. Ever since the year of its composition in 1945, jazz musicians have been playing and recording covers of this iconic piece.
Some of the early great musicians include Louis Armstrong, James brown, ray Charles. Armstrong was born on August 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was an American trumpet, composer, and singer who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. He has shifted American music from collective improvisation to solo performance. His most well-known songs are “Star Dust”, La via En Rose”, and “What a Wonderful World”.
Speakeasies in the 1920s The 1920s was the time that we think of when we think of Prohibition, The Great Gatsby, jazz, and the start of the Great Depression. Among the major things at the time were speakeasies and they were quite common being found in almost all major cities at the time. It didn’t matter where you were; if you needed a place to drink, a speakeasies was where you would go. Speakeasies became almost synonymous with the 1920s because of how they sprang up in response to the 18th amendment as well as being one of the reasons it failed, and how they would be connected to major criminal activities. For starters, Speakeasies were hidden illegal drinking dens because in 1920 the Volstead Act was passed, enforcing the 18th amendment making the sale, production, and consumption of any alcoholic beverage illegal.
Miles Davis, one of jazz’s most influential musicians with career that expanded six decades. Davis was known for his always changing style, from bebop to rock. He had been part of the bebop, cool jazz, hardbop, modal, rock-fusion movements, and shortly before his death working with hip-hop fusion. Throughout his entire career, Miles Davis preferred the audience recognize him for what he was doing then, not what he had done in the past. Over his sixty-year career he had earned several nicknames: The Sorcerer, the Prince of Darkness, and the man who walked on eggshells.
When Berlin was at Tin Pan Ally, her wrote a tune call “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” that took the ways of old style ragtime with the more popular beat at the time. The song solidified Tin Pan Alley by making “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” a greatest achievement for them and Irving Berlin. When Americans heard “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” it made them change how they would listen to how it was played. Berlin song help put sales in radios and the phonographs, watch made Tin Pan Ally more because they made even more music. The next is George Gershwin; at 15 he left school and started playing nightclubs before working at Tin Pan Alley.
There was also Ragtime music and Broadway musicals that were also very famous. Exuberant dances were invented for the upbeat tempo’s. Jazz spread to many dance alls and other venues. The main form of popular concert music was marching bands and dance bands. The arrival of the radio and the phonograph records introduced jazz to remote locations.
In 1922, Gennett Records, an independent company located in Richmond, Indiana, began recording jazz groups performing in Chicago. The first group they recorded was the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, followed in 1923 by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band with young jazz player Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong is and will continue to be remembered for his contribution to the Jazz Age of music. By 1929 Armstrong was a big star, touring the U.S. and the continent with his bands. His singing style became as popular as his trumpet playing.