The Influential Bebop


Created over more than a century ago, Jazz is the music genre that has resonated through generations. Jazz’s diversification is what has allowed this genre to keep going throughout the years. We can thank Bebop for giving Jazz a name in the music world because without Bepop; Jazz would not be as favored and diverse as it is today.

What is Bebop?

Bebop is a style of jazz developed in the early to mid-1940s in the United States. Bebop had that dance-oriented “swing” style, though it was different, in Bebop, you could play faster tempos, which the swing era could not. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were the finest musicians of this type of jazz.


Bebop allowed musicians to create their own identities within jazz. With Bebop, musicians were given a chance to try different tempos and styles. There were little to no rules; it simply allowed the styles for jazz to expand and diversify. Without Bebop, different jazz types such as cool jazz, hard bop, the acoustic bop-influenced jazz of the 80s, and many more wouldn’t have existed. Everyone was in charge of their craft, thus allowing for the diversification and favoring of jazz.

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