However, jazz gained a wide audience when white orchestras adapted or imitated it, and became legitimate entertainment in the late 1930s when Benny Goodman led racially mixed groups in concerts at Carnegie Hall. Show tunes became common vehicles for performance, and, while the results were exquisite, rhythmic and harmonic developments were impeded until the mid-1940s. The blues, vocal and instrumental, was and is a vital component of jazz. With the passing of time, New Orleans jazz declined greatly by the 1970s. However it began to enjoy a bit of renaissance in the 1980s when Wynton Marsalis, who originally played hard bop and post bop, began to explore his roots.
That's when, during the slavery era, the genres spirituals(gospel) and blues were created by African-Americans. African-Americans became the music choice for celebrations because masters began inviting slaves to European festivities. African-Americans became recognized as great musicians. They dominated and continue to dominate music and dancing of the community. Rap
Music has been the driving force that has pushed the world day in and out. It has been the very inspiration, aspiration, and motivation of and for humanity. It's prominent power to move the world has been prevalent since the dawn of time. It is inevitable for someone to not be touched by one of the many genres that encompass the world of music. One specific race that has been highly affected by music are African Americans.
Jazz Jazz is an American music style which originated around the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the south from a mix of African and European music traditions. The word jazz began as a West Coast slang term of uncertain origin and was first used to refer to music in Chicago in about 1915. “The word may have originally been spelled “jass, or jast”. Jazz has branched out into a variety of styles, from the early 1910s to the ‘60s, jazz rock fusion from the ‘70s and later developments such as acid jazz, and it continues, (like all forms of music), to be in a constant state of evolution; New Orleans Dixieland, Chicago Dixieland, Swing, Ragtime, etc…” Dixieland is an umbrella to indicate musical styles of the
Sheretta Williams Art March 15, 2013 Jazz History What does the word Jazz actually mean? It means a style of music, native to America, characterized by a strong but flexible rhythmic understructure with solo and ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns and, more recently, a highly sophisticated harmonic idiom. Jazz can be known by distinguishing features. First it points out the lesser beats in the bar or club second and fourth; it is similar to the music that is traditional that points out the 1st and 3rd beat. Next thing is the syncopation through short and strong rhythmic phases.
Thus these sessions resulted in some of the most important masterpieces of early jazz, of which West End Blues is arguably the best known. Other important recordings include Basin Street Blues, Tight Like This, Saint James Infirmary, and Weather Bird. In the last named, only Armstrong and Hines are present, turning an old rag number into a tour-de-force of inspired musical runs as the trumpet and piano playfully come together, draw apart to compete, and come together again, over several
Blues music is influenced by the culture and views of those creating it, reflects the poverty and despair throughout the southern US, brought the black community together and contributed to modern rock and roll. These concepts will be explored by analyzing performances and interviews from the movie Feel Like Going Home, written by Martin Scorsese. Feel Like Going Home focuses on Delta Blues which originated in the Mississippi Delta region. Delta Blues is one of the earliest forms of blues music and is influenced heavily by the living conditions of the region. One of the most striking takeaways from the movie is the extreme poverty of the Mississippi region and the influence this had on Delta Blues music.
Even prisoners used to sing chain gang songs when they worked on the road or on some construction project. These songs uplifted African Americans and gave them an outlook of hope. Sometimes even slave drivers allowed slaves to sing quiet songs, as long as they were not directly against the slaveholders. Those songs could be sung either by only one soloist or by several slaves. They were used for expressing personal feeling and for cheering one another on.
Being an African American Studies major, I can see how Ellington’s life was sort of the glue that bonded Blacks together. Because oppression was at its prime during the 1900s, one could see how music was an outlet for African Americans to experience a sense of freedom. Although I may not be doing much music related projects in my career of Social Welfare, I have learned a great deal that can drive me into being the best Social Worker I can be. The simple quotes he states for example, “a problem is a chance for you to do your best” and “there are two kinds of worries” are great encouragements to motivate me in times of