The Origination of Jazz. Essay

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The Origination of Jazz.

Jazz and It's History

Jazz started when World War I had just ended and a social revolution was on it's way.
Customs and values of previous were rejected. Life was to be lived to the fullest. This
was also known as the era of the "lost generations," and the "flapper" with her rolled
stockings, short skirts, and straight up-and-down look. They disturbed their elders in the
casino, night clubs, and speakeasies that replaced the ballrooms of prewar days. Dancing
became more informal - close of the nineteenth century in the unpleasant dance halls and
whorehouses of the South and Midwest where the word Jazz commonly meant sexual
intercourse. Southern blacks, delivered from slavery a few decades before, started playing
European music Afro modifications.


The first place of jazz has many origins: New Orleans, St. Louis, Memphis and Kansas City
are just a few. But New Orleans was and still remains an important jazz center. The ethnic
rainbow of people who went to the bars and whorehouses were a big part of the development
of jazz. The city had been under Spanish French rule because of the Louisiana purchase. By
1900, it was a blend of Spanish, French, English, German, Italian, Slavic and countless
blacks originally brought in as slaves


The first jazz bands contained a "rhythm section" consisting of a string bass, drums, and
a guitar or banjo, and a "melodic section" with one or two cornets, a trombone, a
clarinet, and sometimes even a violin. Years later, jazz was taken over by large
orchestras; A "society jazz contained fifteen or more musicians. Today, there is a renewed
interest in the "big band" era, even though the music has very little to do with real
jazz.

Jazz is characterized by certain features. The first is a tendency to stress the weak
beats of the bar (2nd and 4th) in contrast to traditional music which stressed the first
and third beats. The second feature is syncopation through an extensive repetition of
short and strongly rhythmic phrases or "riffs". The third feature of jazz is swing
(regular but subtle pulsation which animates 4/4 time). The swing must be present in every
good jazz performance.


Jazz as a musical style it has been with us for more than a century. Jazz originated in
the United States, It has spread over the entire world, and It's influence can be seen
everywhere. It is a universal language and means of communication, understood by people in
all nations and all walks of life.


It has been a major influence on many styles and classes of music since it's origin in the
late 1800's. It has also influenced dance, clothing styles, the recording industry, the
film industry, radio and televison, our language, and many other aspects of our lives.


One major contributer to jazz was Louis Daniel Armstrong he was born in the Storyville
District of New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 4, 1901. He always celebrated his birth as
July 4, 1900 because that is what he was told and believed. His real date of birth was not
know until after his death July 6, 1971. His father Willie, a laborer, left the family
soon after he was born, his mother, a domestic servant and a part time prostitute called
Mayanne, left Louis and his sister Beatrice, also called Mama Lucy, in the care of his
grandma much of the time, however he always believed the love of his family helped him
make it through those rough times.


Louie describes his neighborhood, "It was called the Battlefield because the toughest
characters in town used to live there, and would shoot and fight much. In that one block
between Gravier and Perido Streets more people were crowded than you ever saw in your
life." He dressed in rags and usually shopped in garbage cans. He sang with other boys on
the streets for tips and begin to develop his musical talents. At this time in his life,
it was not ‘A WONDERFUL WORLD' for young Louis.


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