Why Is Jazz So Popular In The 1920's

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Aidan Ford Jazz Music Jazz music first began in the late 1880’s and is a mix of African music and modern day European music of that time. Jazz music was originally started by the African Americans of New Orleans, which is why New Orleans is infamous for its jazz artists. As time went on new jazz artists formed rose up out of New Orleans. As the news of jazz spread throughout America, the people began to love it and it became one of the most famous genres of music in the 1920’s and 30’s. Jazz became so popular during these times, because life in America back than was rough for a lot of people. Some jazz was sung about these problems and how people dealt with them and their opinions on life. Other types of jazz were played to bring excitement to people’s everyday lives and give them a time where they could dance and enjoy life. One of the first types of jazz that contributed a lot to the jazz we know today was ragtime. Ragtime was big during the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s and originated in the southern United States. Ragtime jazz was played on the piano with a short, staccato left hand part and the right hand playing a syncopated melody. A very famous ragtime piece is “The Entertainer”, by Scott Joplin and is a…show more content…
Dixieland jazz began in New Orleans and spread throughout the United States from 1917 to 1930. Dixieland is upbeat and loud with many jazz rhythms. Dixieland usually consisted of a lead trumpet, a clarinet, a saxophone, a trombone, a string bass, a piano and a drum. The bass and drum play on the down beats of one and three, while the piano plays fast chords and the clarinet, trumpet play melody and the saxophone and trombone play countermelody. Dixieland doesn’t generally use vocals, but is expressed through dynamics and rhythms. Two very famous Dixieland jazz players include trumpeters Louis Armstrong and King

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