• Jazz is instant swing. Jazz is on the upbeat, and the downbeat is just as important
  • Jazz is the first music that is representative of world culture. 

  • The roots of jazz are deeply entrenched in West Africa
  • Jazz is the mix of music that became jazz started when Africans were brought to America through slavery
  • The greatest instrument of jazz was the banjo
  • Buddy Bolden became the genre’s first authentic legend. Louis Armstrong was the father of jazz.  
  • Louis Armstrong consolidated all of the aspects of jazz music that existed before he entered the scene. He had the highest level of instrumental virtuosity. 
  • Louis Armstrong is also the father of the organized solo. New Orleans provided the environment for a new and fresh art form. 
  • Jazz’s appeal was not just restricted to New Orleans. Jelly Roll Morton came east to perform in Chicago and Detroit. When other white musicians began to perform jazz, they made the first recorded jazz. 
  • Southern black audiences became receptive to blues and jazz. Jazz is what made the 20s roar.
  • Creative people fled to Harlem, a hub for talent and nightlife.
  • The Ellington orchestra became synonymous with Black culture in Harlem
  • Jazz was the soundtrack for a night out in Harlem
  • Jazz was entertainment, a refined art style
  • Jazz was also known overseas 
  • Sam Wooding had taken his music to Berlin in 1924, and then took it to Barcelona and South America
  • In the Kansas local scene–Pete Johnson led the boogie woogie style of jazz, which led to a craze in the 1940s
  • Mary Lou Williams would become one of the first leading ladies of modern jazz
  • Charlie Parker was a leading figure in the advent of bebop jazz 
  • In the 30s, a band’s most reliable tool was live radio
  • Jazz became America’s most popular music