by Avane Ervin
The New Beat
Jazz in New Orleans is a popular rhythmic genre as it keeps communities rich in culture. New Orleans culture and history contributed to the early stages of jazz as different ethnic groups brought their own unique spins to create a more lively and upbeat jazz genre.
Charles "Buddy" Bolden- The Father of Jazz
Between the years 1895 and 1900 uptown cornet player Charles “Buddy” Bolden included his own style of blues and increasing the tempo of traditional songs. Buddy’s new style of music was unique and intriguing as his almost always improvised and did not use sheet music. Some say that it brought a sense of liveliness to blues. The more popular this upbeat style of music became, the more trained and untrained musicians began playing in their neighborhoods, in parades, social events, and funerals. As the Creole people of New Orleans started to migrate into Black neighborhoods, jazz music grew stronger and widely celebrated as the two cultures collided to bring forth a mixture of uptown jazz and traditional jazz.
Traditional New Orleans jazz is band music is comprised of a front line that consists of a cornet, clarinet, and trombone, banjo, and a tuba. Sometimes drums would be incorporated for dancing, but this was rare. New Orleans Jazz bands used about five to seven instruments, and though the instruments may carry different names today, the sound remains the same.
New Orleans Jazz music adds to their culture as no other place in the United States uses those specific instruments to create such lively sounds. New Orleans style Jazz paved the way for musicians and artists to find themselves and their style of music in a non traditional way.