Discuss How the Instrumentation and Structural Forms of Jazz and the Blues Have Affected Their Sound and Popularity over Time.

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Jazz and the Blues, often referred to as just Jazz and Blues is a musical form originating from the Western Hemisphere; more specifically, New Orleans, Louisiana which can be found on the south coast of the United States of America. The location of its origin has therefore made it eligible to be considered a western style of music. This music style is heavily consisted of syncopation, improvisations and generally tends to have a steady beat or a “walking bass line”. Complex harmonics and distinctive performance techniques also play a part in defining this musical genre. New Orleans, as mentioned before is located along the coast of North America and during times of slavery it was a hub for trade of goods, services and slaves via ships. These slaves, mainly originating from Africa, are what you would call the pioneers of Jazz and Blues. Although the instruments they would have played in their home country were not brought with them, they were still able to express their musical creativity using various European instruments and by the early 19th Century, their ethnic culture and musical traditions were subsequently integrated with the European forms and styles of music. Since then however, the instrumentation and structure of Jazz and Blues has developed and its popularity and sound have changed as well. In the early 19th century approximately half a million African slaves, mainly from West Africa were brought into the U.S. mainland and were used for various menial tasks such as field work and house chores. While working, they tended to sing songs to help pass the time. Around 1803, Congo Square became a very central meeting area for the enslaved Africans who would take part in the various cultural activities that they had left behind when they were taken from Africa. This involved singing dancing drumming and song. As time went on the population of this gathering

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