Jazz Music Research Paper

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Jazz was a genre that originates in African American communities in the United States in the late 19th and 20th century. Jazz is the sound of an emerged form of independent music styles, all in tune with African American and European American music. Jazz can be considered a melting pot of sounds, for many different instruments can heard during the playing of the genre of music. You could hear anything from a clarinet, guitar, saxophone, piano, trombone, or even a trumpet. There are several different instruments that artist will throw in to their jazz music just for the simple fact that Jazz is diverse, and flexible. The birthplace of jazz is southern America, New Orleans to be exact. As jazz spread around the world, it drew…show more content…
In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands, Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, bluesy, improvisational style and Gypsy jazz were the prominent styles. Bebop emerged from jazz in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music towards a more challenging music which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. Cool jazz developed in the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines. In the 1950’s jazz was emerging into a form of jazz known as “free jazz” which musicians were playing without a regular meter, beat or formal structure. Jazz is and was a very diverse genre. In its early phase, jazz was recognized by both white and black audiences as a close relative of ragtime. Jazz initially had no name. For a long time, many people called it "ragtime" but they never called it "blues". There were white ragtime musicians, just like there were white jazz musicians. De facto, jazz was an evolution of ragtime, which was an evolution of the "coon song" of the minstrel shows, which were written by white people to make fun of black people: hardly an "African" tradition. The main difference between ragtime and jazz

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