The birth of jazz music
There is nothing quite as soul calming and relaxing like some good jazz music. Jazz was not born on a certain day, instead, it has been created over time by different races and traditions, mixing emotions and cultures. In the 1900’s the world experienced innovations by talented instrumentalists setting the groundwork for jazz music, which has evolved into vibrant art today. Jazz was birthed in New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century with roots based in a union between African and Europen music.
Founders of jazz music
Jazz’s originators and innovators were primarily African Americans. In 1902, pianist Ferdinand Morton, who was known by nickname Jelly Roll, claims to have invented jazz. Morton is quoted by saying, “It is undoubtedly known, that New Orleans is the epicenter of jazz music, and I pride myself to be the inventor from the year 1902”. He was a mere 17 years old and earning his money through tips from wealthy clients at the brothels where he used to play the piano.
Although it is presumptuous that in the year 1900 Armstrong was recognized as the first master of jazz because the entire concept of swinging is accredited to him. He was also well known as the most important originator and first truly great jazz soloist who was master of his trumpet. Armstrong changed the face of jazz through his unique approach to solo expressions. He had a distinctive voice and was a musical ambassador promoting jazz internationally.
Bix Beiderbecke commonly referred to as a contemporary Armstrong. He was a solo cornetist who had a smooth tone and played elegant mellow intones. He died at a young age despite being a leading musician in Chicago and New York. Frankie Trumbauer was known for collaborations with Beiderbecke. He had a clear, refined sound and inspired later saxophonists.
Miles Davis was Grammy Award winner and a major force in the jazz world. Despite dropping out of Julliard to become a full-time musician, Davis went on to release one of the greatest jazz albums released. Here is Miles Davis playing “So What”.
A novel that was written about the first man of jazz states that famous trumpeter Buddy Bolden brought about a loose and raw approach to instrumental jazz through his emphasis on improvisation. He changed the way that jazz artists orchestrated their music by incorporating bass instruments with clarinets.
Jazz music developed
Today, jazz music is played, listened to, and loved by people of all cultures and ethnicities. It includes musical elements and styles from vast corners of the world. Jazz is believed not to be an invention, but being alive. It grows and it dies, it also changes and yet it remains significantly the same.