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All About Jazz

By Nelly Ruach Jazz is by far one of the most prominent and well respected forms of music to have ever been created. This form

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Coltrane Jazz

John William Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. He went on to become one of the most famous jazz performers

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All Jazz Styles

John Coltrane

The Jazzy John Coltrane By: Alexia Khalil Jazzy Journey Born in North Carolina, the composer and saxophonist, John Coltrane, is known for his remarkable music

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All About Jazz

By Nelly Ruach Jazz is by far one of the most prominent and well respected forms of music to have ever been created. This form

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Jazz A New Era

How African Americans Crafted Jazz Like all other forms of Black expressions, music reflects the kind of life that African Americans led during a specific

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Free jazz, an approach to jazz improvisation that emerged during the late 1950s, reached its height in the ’60s, and remained a major development in jazz thereafter. The main characteristic of free jazz is that there are no rules. Musicians do not adhere to a fixed harmonic structure (predetermined chord progressions) as they improvise; instead, they modulate (i.e., change keys) at will. Free jazz improvisers typically phrase in chromatic intervals and harmonies, and some achieve atonality while playing in microtones, overtones, multiphonics (simultaneous notes played on one horn), and tone clusters. Free jazz performers often improvise without observing fixed metres or tempos. Solo and accompaniment roles tend to be fluid, as does the balance of composition and improvisation in a performance. The ultimate development of free jazz is free improvisation, which combines all these qualities—using no fixed instrumental roles or harmonic, rhythmic, or melodic structures and abandoning composition altogether.

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