How the Sounds of New Orleans revolutionized American Music

Jazz is known as the pinnacle of the 20th century African American music. Jazz was distinguishable by the fact that it is improvised. Experts believe Jazz is the “African American classical music.” Ragtime, blues, African American religious music, and classical music. New Orleans was the point of origin for Jazz and the state was divided between blacks, whites, and creoles, who celebrated their French cultural times whether they had African blood or not. Once New Orleans followed the rest of the country with Jim Crow laws in 1894 and they began to classify creoles with African Americans instead of with white people. Jazz is described as the meeting of “uptown African American brass and string band tradition of blues” with “instrumental virtuosity, musical literacy, and training in classical music.” Buddy Bolden’s band included clarinet, cornet, trombone, guitar, bass, and drums. It is often cited that a band led by Buddy Bolden as the first Jazz band. It is true that improvising soloist is the hallmark of Jazz, but Jazz ensembles are also important key. In the 1950s the Civil Rights Movement put pressure on the musicians to use their platforms to end Jim Crow and those that did not help contribute to ending Jim Crow they were publicly shamed. Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong are examples od musicians who continued to allow segregated performers. Southern whites were accepting to black and mixed entertainment as long as seating remained segregated. The jazz community performed a benefit concert, making politically themed albums, and engaging in charged conversation about race. Jazz made money through doing concerts in bars. Jazz influenced Early Rock N Roll, R&B, Soul, and Hip Hop.

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