“the pinnacle of African American music in the twentieth century, distinguished by the originality of its improvisation, the virtuosity, and erudition of is performers and composers, and its professionalism and artistry. “

What is Jazz?

Jazz is an improvisational and syncopated form of music, created in New Orleans in the 1920s by African American musicians. Jazz was made popular by artists such as, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams and Louis Armstrong. Due to its improvisational nature, Jazz has taken many different directions. The sub-genres of Jazz that exist today are Big Band Jazz, Swing, Cool Jazz, Hard bop, Modal Jazz, Free Jazz, and Fusion. Though largely improvisational, Jazz is very rhythmic. It has a forward momentum called “swing” and uses “bent” or “blue” notes. Additionally, Jazz is mostly solo pieces or call and response. Artist use Jazz to express emotions such as pain, nostalgia, or happiness. Important instruments in jazz include, the saxophone, the piano, the drums and trumpet. Today, many believe Jazz to be a dying artistry, however, the legacy is has had on music will never due.

Example of Jazz

Famous Jazz Artists

Bebop Jazz

Origin & Characteristics Bebop is a style of Jazz that was developed in the 1940s. As more and more musicians were sent overseas to fight

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Bebop Origin Bebop is a branch of jazz that originated in the mid 1940’s. It was created by the younger generation of jazz musicians as

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Fusion Jazz

ORIGIN & CHARACTERISTICS Instrumentation used in subgenre:  Electric guitars, amplifiers, and keyboards Are less likely to use piano, double bass and drums The fusion of

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Let’s Get Jazzed Up With Jazz

Origin & Characteristics Jazz is greatly known as the peak of African American music in the twentieth century due to its originality with improvisation, amazing

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By: Gygeria Manuel & Jeshurun Adarquah-Yiadom