The Evolution of Miles Davis

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“The Story of Jazz” Documentary Notes by Asha St. Louis

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The Infinite Sounds of Jazz: 30s & 40s

/*! elementor – v3.6.5 – 27-04-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Jazz is an upbeat, melodic genre of music that embodies characteristics seen in genres like Blues, Ragtime, African classical, and Eurocentric music, Making it the first genre to properly represent the cross-culture of music while accrediting the black roots within Jazz. […]

Aretha – A Name To Be Respected

by: LaShaunda McWright “Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.” —Aretha Franklin       When you hear the name “Aretha”, you know exactly who is being talked about!  For decades, Aretha Franklin reigned […]

The Story of Jazz Saxophonist: John Coltrane

The Story of Jazz Saxophonist: John Coltrane John Coltrane is one of the most iconic jazz musicians from the 20th century. During his career, he collaborated with other well-known musicians such as Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Dizzy Gillespie. These collaborations along with his brilliant musical talent, allowed him to be one of the most […]

Wallace Roney

Background – He was born in Philadelphia and attended Howard University and Berkeley College of Music. Roney attended Duke Ellington School and made his recording debut with Nation and Haki Mahbuti. He attained distinction as a gifted local performer in D.C and won the Down Beat award for Best Young Jazz Musician of the Year. […]

Louie Armstrong – Background Beginning the year of 1919, Louie Armstrong spent his summers playing on riverboats with a band led by Fate Marable. He was an American jazz pianist and bandleader. There is there Louis honed his music reading skills, eventually having his first encounter with other jazz legends such as Mix Beiderbecke and Jack Teagarden.  In 1922, King Oliver sent for […]

Sub Genre: Jazz

Nina grew up in a southern Methodist home and began singing in the church as a child like many other African American musicians. As she began adulthood, to make ends meet, she started to sing in bars and nightclubs, which her parents didn’t agree with because they thought she was doing a disservice to herself. […]

The Jazz Age

Origin Created by blacks in New Orleans, Jazz is a music genre that has elements from ragtime and blues. Jazz rose to popularity during the late 19th century after Jim Crow Laws prohibited mixed individuals from playing in white brass and string bands. No longer considered white, the classically trained Creoles began to create music […]

Modal Jazz

MODAL JAZZ Lauryn Hoard, Leah Wardlaw, Vashti Jones Origin and elements of modal jazz Modal Jazz originated in the 1950s, specifically between the Montogomery Bus Boycott (1956) and the Civil Rights Act (1964). It is defined as either a music that is based on one or two chords or a music that is based on […]

Jazz: Swing Era

Swing: Jazz EraBy Sydnei Young, Sarah Wiggins, Christal Smith, Alesha Minott, and Isoke Nelson Origin Swing Jazz originated in New Orleans, Louisiana between 1935 and the mid 1940s, formerly known as the Swing Era. The name swing came from the ‘swing feel’ where the emphasis is on the off–beat or weaker pulse in the music. […]