Ragtime and Jazz

What is Jazz?

Jazz is music genre that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its incorporation of roots in blues and ragtime. Presented to our community by artist such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz is an overall genre that has sounds and stye that are based off improvisation developed by African American. Jaz involves complexed harmonies and syncopated rhythms that inspired an overall all illustrious impacts on the music community of us African Americans. Jazz served as an outlet for our African American musicians, and created an incredible view of originality, a sense of identity, and unity amongst entire black community.


My first and favorite view of the impact of Jazz music was presented through the Disney Princess and the Frog. Disney displayed a great view of the positive impact that jazz music had on New Orleans, Louisiana. Princess and the Frog displayed unity of family from all over the community and the hint of jazz music added an extra feeling of comfortability.




What is Ragtime?


Ragtime is a music genre that was very popular during the 1890s to 1910s. Ragtime displayed of musical composition for the piano, generally in duple meter and containing a highly syncopated lead over a rhythmically steady bass. Ragtime is a genre that inspired certain sounds and notes for different genres such as Jazz but according to sources Ragtime is nothing like Jazz. Although the two seem so similar with the syncopated rhythms, Ragtime has its own style and shape.

Ragtime was highly popularized by such artist like Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Eubie Blake and James Scott


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