It has its roots in the Charleston and Foxtrot and was danced to what was at a time called jazz music. Jazz music was also known as swing music and the dances danced to it became known as swing dances. Lindy hop got its name after Charles Lindbergh, the famous aviator. It is still danced today. Swing Styles Savoy Swing: a style of Swing popular in the New York Savoy Ballroom in the 30's and 40's originally danced to Swing music.
Jazz is a popular musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in the Southern United States. “It was born out of a mix of African and European music traditions. Its black African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation and the swung note (Alyn 2007). From the time it was created it has evolved incorporating the old with new music that was starting to become poplar. From its start in the early 20th century jazz has become distinct to many different regions.
These bands used to be called as ‘New Orleans Jazz’. During 1920s, white jazz bands’ pieces were called ‘Dixieland jazz’. However from 1940s, people combined those two types of bands and call them ‘Dixieland jazz’. Dixieland jazz style was created in the early 1920s. Dixieland jazz style is strongly inﬂuenced by the ‘traditions of blues, ragtime and brass band because Dixieland jazz was created when the traditions of blues, ragtime, and brass band were integrated into one musical piece’ (http://www.historyjazz.com).
During the next few years he made recordings fronting his own musicians; depending on the number assembled, they were known as the Hot Five or the Hot Seven. Around the same time, Armstrong is credited with the invention of the jazz technique of scat singing--legend has it that Armstrong dropped his sheet music during a recording session and had to substitute vocal improvisations until someone picked up the sheets for him. Also during this period, his experimentations led him to break free of the more rigid Dixieland style of jazz to pave the way for a more modern jazz
On the streets, in dance halls, and in Storyville cabarets like The Big 25 and Pete Lala’s, Freddy Keppard and King Oliver experimented with music so new, it didn’t even have a name. New Orleans, the devastated but recovering city, forever will be associated with the birth of jazz music, the first original art form developed in the United States, which went on to spread across the continent and around the globe during the 20th century. 3. Restrictions upon the use of African drums impacted
Southern blacks, delivered from slavery a few decades before, started playing European music Afro modifications. The first place of jazz has many origins: New Orleans, St. Louis, Memphis and Kansas City are just a few. But New Orleans was and still remains an important jazz center.
This paper will ultimately investigate how jazz originated and developed in South Africa. Specifically, what conditions created an environment suitable for jazz to flourish in South Africa, what aspects of American music influenced South Africa, what indigenous musical traditions allowed the music to take on a national South African identity and sources of musical training was available to South African musicians. Setting the Stage: Early American Influences The time period between 1920 and 1940 is ultimately the era of the birth of defined jazz in South Africa, however in order to understand how
In the 20’s this music was Jazz. In the 80’s America saw the same urban African American culture embrace the hip hop movement. Similar in many respects with their secular themes, improvisation, polyrhythm, and use of call-and-response, hip hop became the new way to express the struggles while carrying on the tradition style of African American music. One of the most visible examples of hip hop’s roots in jazz is the basis of the art form, the beat. Hip hop originated when New York DJ’s began isolating the percussion breaks on funk and rock records.
Jazz has created its importance in American history by being the first commercialized style of music created by African Americans. There have been many artist over the years to develop and influence Jazz and create their unique style such as Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Art Tatum, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra and many others. Jazz has not just been a musical genre in American culture but a catalyst for creativity and social change. Jazz started in early 20th century in
This type of music has a distinct rhythmic and melodic character, one that is constantly involves improvisation and when creating it a melody or its underlying chords may be altered, rhythmic notes may be lengthened or shortened, syncopated or not and there can different patterns involved. Jazz music is quite complex and in order to get a full understanding of its history one must go back to roots, where it all started. Although know for being originated in the United States in the city of New Orleans, jazz music roots actually come from the West African slaves. Its musical styles have developed as a result of the collision of African traditions and European culture. The complex African rhythms are one major factor that distinguished itself from European music.