There are four distinct parts to jazz music that
include rhythm, harmony, melody, and tonal qualities. No
matter what type of jazz that you enjoy you~ll be able to
find a club that caters to your tastes. There are many
experimental jazz venues that are popping up all over the
place, including many European cities where all types of
music are welcomed and appreciated.
One jazz style is called the Work Song. It is upbeat and
rhythmically fast because it was used to make the work day
go by faster. The Work Song is repeated over and over and
isn't considered a modern form. This jazz tends to be
associated with African American music. It's probably the
rhythmic beat that makes it the least popular jazz style
New Orleans is another style of Jazz that had its
beginnings in the early 1890~s. It began as brass band
performances that highlighted marching songs and gospel
songs. One of the most popular jazz names from this time
is the famous bandleader, William Basie, who would become
well known with his band as the Count Basie Orchestra.
This type of jazz is still popular today.
Chicago jazz came along a bit later, in late 1917. Chicago
was the center of jazz around then since musicians were
leaving the south because of prohibition. They were also
coming north to look for new employment opportunities and
find places to play their new form of jazz. During this
period the piano became an important background of the jazz
experience. This new sound evolved as Chicago Style jazz.
World War II came and went transforming jazz yet again. This
era is when Bebop was born. Bebop fuses fast tempo with
changing rhythmic patterns and makes a softer, lighter
sound. Bebop will often focus on a solo performer instead of
the whole band.
Jazz is an ever changing type of music that always retains
some formation of its roots. Jazz is one style of music
that has changed according to different times and the
different outlook of the people listening to it. The
flexibility of jazz to adapt to these different times and
needs is one of the big reasons it is alive and so popular
Billy Merrick is the chief editor for
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