“The Story of Jazz” Film Notes By Sonah Bundu

Sonah Bundu
MWF 1-1:50
Film notes

“The Story of Jazz”

-Jazz is first looked upon as a sin, and people were embarrassed to practice it

-Jazz was created when Africans were brought over to America, and to make their music digestible to the Europeans they had create a combination of their music mixed with the European music.

-It was considered upbeat music and ragtime became the foundation to Jazz

-Ragtime was considered the unsyncopated tones that had transformed into Jazz over time

– The first Jazz musician to become popular amongst the public was Billy Boldwin

  • Lous Armstrong was considered to the father of Jazz music and he was known for his unique take in jazz
  • He created the “trumpet solo” in Jazz that is infamous in this genre
  • Armstrong was the greatest Jazz trumpet soloist
  • Louis Armstrong has an a huge impact on music culture in the African American community for being so popular in Jazz

-Jazz took its first form in New Orleans and musicians began traveling to different parts of the country which helped the widespread of Jazz music

-Harlem became the center of new music creation
-Harlem Swing was a style of dancing that people grooved to when they heard Jazz music

-African Americans were limited to the to recording jazz music and didn’t have access to the studios like white people did.

-Lil Harvey was one of the first female musical analyst’s

-Mary Marie Louis soon became one of the first leading ladies in the Jazz genre

-Coleman Hawkins established the Saxophone as a serious Jazz instrument

– In 1923, Duke Ellington came to New York and did an outstanding performance with a band but over time he grew wildly popular and decided to become a music composer alst while being the leader of the band.

-Duke Ellington’s music contributed to the Harlem Renaissance 

-The Ellington band institution has grown to be so powerful that it is now placed in it’s own category of music.

-Most certainly, Jazz became wildly poplar all over the world where even in Europe people knew the names of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington

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