Steve Love - Drunk Impressions. Table of Contents. Jazz Timeline. The timeline of Jazz style development has evolved significantly spanning three centuries.
Since its birth, well over two dozen distinct Jazz styles have emerged, all of which are actively played today. The origins of Jazz are attributed to turn of the 20th century New Orleans, although this unique, artistic medium occurred almost simultaneously in other North American areas like Kansas City, Saint Louis and Chicago. Traits carried from West African black folk music developed in the Americas, joined with European popular and light classical music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, became the syncopated rhythms of Ragtime and minor chord voicings characteristic of the Blues .