Jazz music originated in the African-American communities of
New Orleans in
the 1800’s. The foundation of jazz is
deeply rooted in the black experience of the United States, but other cultures
have also contributed to its development over the years.
Jazz spread around the world after World War I, and with it national, regional and local music cultures gave rise to many distinctive styles, each performer seeing the music differently.
Duke Ellington 1943
Wynton Marsalis 2009
Adelaide Hall earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for performing for eight consecutive decades
Women also played a role in jazz and began playing instruments in the 1920’s. During World War II, there were all-women jazz bands that toured
Miles Davis 1989
In the 1920’s, skiffle, playing with homemade instruments such as washboards, jugs, kazoos and saws, emerged in
This form of jazz later merged with country music.
Pharaoh Sanders 1978
I hope everyone knows a bit more about jazz now than they did. What’s your favorite kind of music?