Posts Tagged ‘Ragtime’

Introduction to jazz styles

Jazz styles

First, let’s ┬ásay something about jazz: “Jazz is a primarily American musical art form which originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States from a confluence of African and European music traditions. The style’s West African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation, and the swung note.” … continue reading this entry.

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A history of jazz before 1930.

The red hot jazz archive

Great archive with great musicians, biographies, discographies, short jazz films and jazz music before 1930.

“The music called Jazz was born sometime around 1895 in New Orleans. It combined elements of Ragtime, marching band music and Blues. What differentiated Jazz from these earlier styles was the widespread use of improvisation, often by more than one player at a time. … continue reading this entry.