When it comes to music, most people don’t say they like it.
People say they like heavy metal, pop, rhythm and blues, or any
other type of music, since they have their own preference to what
type of music they like, not just enjoying the broad area of
music. One of those types of music which many enjoy is jazz.
Actually right now jazz is really big and popular in Europe, and
is rising in its popularity in the USA through its many forms.
Jazz does have many forms, so many that some people wouldn’t
consider just saying they like jazz, they would say they enjoyed
bebop, ragtime, blues, or other types of jazz. Jazz has survived
longer than many types of music, and it has always influenced the
ways people involved in jazz compose or perform. It has also
brought out many famous people.
Although jazz is not the most influencing music currently in
the nation, its history proves that it is a great form of music
with many origins, a multigenerational life span, numerous
styles, many legendary musicians, and its own creative,
Jazz is over 100 years old, probably making it one of the
longest, lasting forms of music so far. Jazz was not created by
Europeans, it was created by Afro-Americans who descended from
ancestors in Africa. These Afro-Americans learned how to play
these European instruments well, including percussion or the drum
set, trumpet, cornet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and many other
instruments. They wanted to show what they were like to other
races, so they attempted to express themselves and their feelings
through music and the instruments which were so foreign to them.
A lot of the music which they played came from black folk music.
Jazz did have a part of it come from Europe. The instruments of
course, and the basic beginning forms of music helped jazz to be
created. Another part of jazz which is not of African origin is
improvisation, which is similar to interpretation but has no
melodic restrictions. Improvisation began with the Greeks and
their music over 2,000 years ago, before the many emotional and
creative types of music were even composed. At one time, baroque
and classical music used a lot of improvisation in their music.
It was very important, and composers such as Bach, Mozart,
Beethoven, and Liszt used it in their unique composing. These
composers were also good at improvising themselves, and were
among the best in the world in their time. Many types of music
are created from other types of music, and jazz is among the
many. Many people influenced jazz along its development, and it
was usually a performer or composer. This includes Buddy Bolden,
Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, Billie Holiday, Duke
Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles
Davis, and John Coltrane. There are even more jazz greats who
have contributed to jazz.
The form of music we know as jazz has existed ever since the
late 19th century, and is still alive. It consisted of many
different eras, each one with one or two different styles of
jazz. Each era also had many good performers and composers which
made a certain era stand out. Through the late 19th century to
about the early 1920s the form of jazz we know as New Orleans
Jazz, which included Dixieland jazz and ragtime. The 20s and 30s
developed the Swing Era, which made many performers famous
through the first recordings. The 40s and the postwar decades
led to bebop, also called bop for short. Bebop’s performers also
changed the way jazz was looked at. The 50s through the 70s
created a few types of jazz which were very loose and had no
limits, but could be critized. The 80s and to the present
developed a type of jazz which was more calm and smooth than
other types of jazz. The present has brought back all the forms
of jazz, and now is experimenting with the many different
instruments from the orchestra, including the french horn,
bassoon, or violin.
There are so many styles in jazz that jazz could not be defined
clearly without ignoring one of its forms. It included vocals,
ragtime, blues, New Orleans jazz, Chicago and New York City jazz,
Big Band, bebop, modal or free jazz, fusion, and modern jazz.
Vocals were definitely a style of jazz which performers could
easily express moods or feelings, since the instrument was the
human voice. The singing of the performers had great freedom and
color, and could be expressed by many syllables. Grunts,
vibrato, and the impersonation of instruments could all