The Jazz Effect

Trinity Burnett

Jazz came about in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, originating in the African American communities of New Orleans. There is a tremendous variety in Jazz music, but most is very rhythmic. Often times, you hear call and response patterns with one instrument, voice, or part of the band answering another. Jazz was originally made for mostly dancing, but over the years, people would sit and listen to it. Multiple famous jazz musicians came about, and jazz began to spread from the United States to many different parts of the world. Now today, we see many jazz festivals being held everywhere. It is also spotted in one of my favorite movies, The Princess and the Frog.

Many Jazz artists would find their own style and sound for Jazz. Over the years, so many musicians made a name for themselves and are well known for their work. Some of those include Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bille Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and many more. Jazz developed in various styles, from traditional jazz, swing, bebop, and cool jazz. Just like many other genres, jazz was also a way of expressing emotions ranging from pain to pure joy. 


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