The Story of Jazz

  • Jazz has been compared to classical
    • the difference is that jazz has more of an upbeat feel than classical
  • Jazz originates all the way back to slave times
    • The Africans that were brought to America adapted to the European music but also wanted to keep the music of their culture
    • that resulted in jazz; the adaption of European music to African music
  • Ragtime music was the basis that jazz was formed on
  • Jazz was born in New Orleans and then began to travel around the country
  • Soon after jazz spread, it was discovered that the genre of jazz was doing more than just creating sound
    • jazz was a new form of expression of sexuality
  • Kanas City became a significant location for Western and Southern Jazz musicians
  • Jazz was not popular with the religious population, but on the other hand, Hollywood began using jazz bands in productions
  • Even though the African American culture and jazz were thriving, it still did not help create equality between the races
  • The Great Migration: A large population of African Americans transfered up North for better opportunities
    • This had a significant impact on how Jazz music traveled to the North
  • First Jazz musician: James Baldwin
  • Father of Jazz: Louis Armstrong
    • he took jazz and turned it into his own and created more out of it
    • He was very popular when adding the trumpet aspect
    • He is known as one of the greatest trumpet soloists
  • Coleman Hawkins introduced the idea of the saxophone as an instrument in the jazz world
  • James P. Johnson is known for his piano playing skills
    • Johnson created the song Charleston in honor of the sound and his love for jazz
  • Duke Ellington appeared in New York in 1923 with a group and quickly became recognized as an individual
  • The Ellington band became such a staple that they are now put in their own category

Important instruments in Jazz


Important people in Jazz

Louis Armstrong
James Baldwin
Coleman Hawkins
Duke Ellington