In the 1860’s, New Orleans, Louisiana, became a destination for immigrants, which included Africans who worked for domestic service. It was also a unique city that It was the only place then that permitted slaves to own drums. This effected into commonly hearing voodoo drums playing any time of the day and dancing around to celebrate, thus the beginning of Jazz.
Jazz and New Orleans
Jazz is heavily associated with African Americans in New Orleans which is a mix of African and European music heavily crediting the influences of church music, folk music and the blues paired with traditional African drumming. In the 1920’s, Jazz was widely celebrated when the United States banned the selling of alcoholic drinks, which resulted in having more people become addicted to Jazz and eventually became the Jazz Age.
The music genre became a form of self-expression and what was seen to be what the youth used as a sign of rebellion. Because of its upbeat tone the music can make the body urge to dance and speak its bodily mind, with healthy jumps, claps and hip swinging. Some of traditional generations saw this as a threat to their culture and opted to put the brakes on the iconic groove. Jazz was often blamed for unfortunate events that happened to people who have been exposed to Jazz music. Some saw it as nothing more than an irritating mixture of sound and not as a form of art.
Jazz comes to the world
Buddy Bolden started a jazz band in 1985 but it was another New Orleans native who exposed jazz music to a wider audience, Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong was one of the most popular artists during this time, who perfectly played his cornet and trumpet and contributed to modern day jazz as we know and dance to today. He was known to be a jazz soloist and helped in spreading jazz music all over the United States.
Trying to define Jazz
Jazz can be defined as a music genre that is characterized improvised rhythms and tunes with influences from the blues and ragtime elements.
Jazz knows no inventor, no exact date. It exceeds history and time. It does not stay in one place, and like any other music, it has become an influence to today’s expanding music genres. Jazz is infinite and will be until long future generations. It is the type of music that came from strong feelings translated into a series of percussion rhythm.
Today, Jazz music has went beyond influencing American music, and is now popularly known and heard worldwide.