A Brief History of the Growth of Jazz

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Byron C Brown
Melinda Rogers
Introduction to Music MUS-123
February 24, 2013
A Brief History of the Growth of Jazz
This music, first practiced by African Americans and Creoles, before being adopted also by Euro-American musicians, probably akin to archaic Jazz. We do, however, no documentation about it, other than oral testimony to writing. There is indeed a dimension of jazz that makes it both original and elusive in these crucial years between the last two centuries: improvisation. Before the record comes only burn the first work of Jazz in the wax, the music of Jazz could not hope to extend his fame beyond a circle of first-hand observers, all died long ago. Not being written but improvised from some pre-text (a song, a typical chord progression from the Blues), the origins of Jazz has been transmitted to us otherwise than by the testimony of few observers. Ragtime, which is also a mixed form of American music, gives us a good idea of ​​what could these meetings between musical cultures and Afro-Euro-American at the turn of two centuries. But it is by no means any form of Jazz; Ragtime has since written music that leaves no room for improvisation. In the beginning was the BLUES: This musical style, which is also a way of 'being - in-world' was born in the southern States after the civil war. Singing the Blues and the melancholy of the uprooted blacks who will pile up in the ghettos of the North, the blues has a structure of particular measures cut into a harmonic type AAB sequence more often organized around three chords (tonic, subdominant, dominant). Blue notes are alterations in the 3rd and 7th degrees of the diatonic-hesitation range the range between major and minor mode. The most famous blues singer is Bessie Smith (1898-1937). B.B. King (not to be confused with B.E. King singer from stand By Me) and his guitar Lucille are the precursors of Rock and Roll are a living myth and continue to release albums (and the duets with Carlos Santana,...)

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