Swing Music History

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In the early twentieth century, it is commonly believed jazz evolved into a popular music style in New Orleans. Small bands would play gigs and perform ragtime music with a blues twist, relying heavily on improvisation. Jazz during this time began combining marching band instruments added with the ragtime blues mix, and eventually became what we see jazz as today. In 1917, The Original Dixieland Jass Band made the first jazz recording with Lively Stable Blues. In that same year, jazz recordings became a lot more popular, and in the following year, jazz was taken to Europe by James Reese Europe and his “Hellfighters” band. As the 1920s approached, jazz saw a number of changes, influenced greatly by prohibition. Prohibition in…show more content…
Although a very popular and successful artist on his own, he was also very popular with his group The Hot Five. Along with his brilliant instrumental talent, Armstrong helped boost the popularity of scat singing in jazz music. Even though he wasn’t the first musician to include vocals in his music, his creativity helped popularize it in future jazz styles and songs. Another very popular style of jazz that emerged around the time of prohibition was swing music. Swing music was dance music performed by big bands and featured complex solo improve acts by some of the best musicians in the scene. Swing was broadcast on the radio from coast to coast nightly and many Americans would tune in to dance all night to the upbeat tempo. In the 1930s, the Kansas City Jazz movement marked the transition from the big band style usually seen to the more improvised bebop. Bebop started to emerge in the 1940s and shifted from the danceable styles like swing, to more of a challenging musician’s music. Differing greatly from swing music, bebop was music that was supposed to be enjoyed by listening to and not danced to. This made for an even more upbeat and challenging tempo, and allowed musicians to express themselves a lot more through their

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