Introducing Jazz (00:49)
View a Louis Armstrong quote about jazz. Improvisation and different interpretations of one melody are common to jazz.
Elements of Jazz (05:00)
Jazz has evolved since its birth in New Orleans in the early 20th century, and has spread internationally. Instruments include: double bass, drums, piano, vocalists, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. Dan Robertson explains concepts of swing rhythm, improvisation, syncopation, and blue notes.
Origins of Jazz (03:22)
Early 20th century New Orleans was a melting pot and facilitated a musical cultural exchange. African rhythms and European harmony influenced jazz— traditional Caribbean music and dances, spirituals, work songs, ragtime, blues, creole music, brass, and marching bands.
Evolution of Jazz (06:09)
African-Americans danced to early jazz; whites embraced the genre during the Jazz Age. During the Swing Era, larger ensembles played simple arrangements. Jazz types include: bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, and jazz fusion.
Credits: Introducing Jazz (00:02)
Credits: Introducing Jazz
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