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Jazz Music: Top Jazz Songs Chart. THE TOP 20 SMOOTH JAZZ SONGS OF 2013. 15 Most Influential Jazz Artists. As one of the most well respected American art forms, jazz has shaped the music industry spawning both the careers of various musical geniuses, and an abundance of elemental new music genres. Jazz was developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century as American and European classical music was mixed with African and slave folk songs. These songs were played to a syncopated rhythm, and from this emerged ragtime, then Dixieland and subsequently Big Band, what many consider to be the beginning of modern jazz. There is obvious West African influence, visible in terms of how the music is written and played; swing rhythm, polyrhythm, improvisation and syncopation are all prominent examples which are almost exclusively characteristics of jazz music.

Over the course of the 20th century, this art form has been changing drastically as new artists bring on new influence and new sound. [youtube= Notable Exclusions: J.J. Famous Jazz Musicians. Musical Instruments of Jazz and Different Styles. Jazz Instruments - Printable Music Activity (2nd-8th Grade) - TeacherVision. What is Jazz? - Jazz in America. Musical Instruments - Products. History of Jazz | Black History in America. 1901 Louis Armstrong is born: The Jazz Original "Through his clear, warm sound, unbelievable sense of swing, perfect grasp of harmony, and supremely intelligent and melodic improvisations, he taught us all to play jazz. " —Wynton Marsalis Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential artists in the history of music.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 4, 1901, he began playing the cornet at the age of 13. Armstrong perfected the improvised jazz solo as we know it. Listen to the drama expressed by the trumpet and clarinet solos in "Potato Head Blues. " A History of Jazz Music. (These are excerpts from my book "A History of Jazz Music") The beginnings: New Orleans TM, ®, Copyright © 2005 Piero Scaruffi All rights reserved. Jazz music was, ultimately, the product of New Orleans' melting pot.

At the turn of the century, the streets of New Orleans were awash in blues music, ragtime and the native brass-band fanfares. The latter, used both in the Mardi Gras parades and in funerals, boasted a vast repertory of styles, from military marches to "rags" (not necessarily related to Scott Joplin's ragtime music). The Excelsior Brass Band, formed in 1880, raised the Creole drummer John Robichaux and the Creole clarinetist Alphonse Picou. New Orleans' brass bands eventually spread into the saloons and the dancehalls of "Storyville", the red-light district created by a city ordinance in 1897.

In 1898 the US defeated Spain (gaining Puerto Rico and "liberating" Cuba). A fundamental attribute of New Orleans was the perennial party atmosphere. The founding fathers. The History of Jazz.