History of: Jazz Music
The musical world of Jazz is a highly notable genre of music, with inspirations and influences found throughout all genres of music heard today and in the foreseeable future.
Jazz music originated in the early 1920s in New Orleans, where it would develop and take over the rest of the nation. With influences from West Africa, jazz music incorporates the traditions of African slaves along with the sounds of ragtime, marches, blues, church hymns, slave songs, field chants, and Cuban-style rhythm. Rag-time is commonly known as the precursor to jazz; by the 1890s, white American listeners would listen more to rag-time. Most notable to rag-time would be Scott Joplin; Joplin composed 44 original ragtime pieces before his death in 1917.
Jazz strengthened with the creation of prohibition, speakeasies, and flappers. Musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Count Basie and Miles Davis would perform their records for visitors of these secret locations, driving jazz into the mainstream music scene. Jazz would then become the framework for other genres such as swing music, bebop, cool jazz, and jazz rock. The genre would continue to rise throughout the nation and into parts of Europe throughout the 1920s and 1930s, becoming the voice of The Great Depression. The sounds of jazz would change and develop further with time finding ways into theater and films. Today, jazz music still holds a deep-rooted influence in many genres and generations of music, as artists of all kinds often provide jazz music samples and influences within their music and beats.
In many parts of the world and throughout time, there are many Jazz festivals to attend to help emerge oneself in the genre and its influences.
Check out this list of 2023 Jazz festivals to join the movement.
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