Harlem Renaissance Jazz
Jazz is a musical form that has many influences: folk tunes, African, Carribean, French, and classical. Read this overview: URL: http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/harlem//RogJazzF.html
Excerpt: “The origin of the present jazz craze is interesting. More cities claim its birthplace than claimed Homer dead. New Orleans, San Francisco, Memphis, Chicago, all assert the honor is theirs. Jazz, as it is today, seems to have come into being this way, however: W. C. Handy, a Negro, having digested the airs of the itinerant musicians referred to, evolved the first classic, the Memphis Blues. Then came Jasbo Brown, a reckless musician of a Negro cabaret in Chicago, who played this and other blues, blowing his own extravagant moods and risqué interpretations into them, while hilarious with gin. To give further meanings to his veiled allusions he would make the trombone “talk” by putting a derby hat and later a tin can at its mouth. The delighted patrons would shout, “More, Jasbo. More, Jas, more.” And so the name originated.”(from Jazz at Home by J.A. Rogers)
Jazz greats from the Roaring Twenties, such as King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, and Duke Ellington, defined the future of jazz in the United States and abroad. At this website, choose 1 or 2 “Jazz standards from the 1920s.” What instruments do you hear? Describe the beat or tempo? How does the music make you feel? What seems to be the emotion of the music? Jazz History: The Standards (1920s) URL: http://www.jazzstandards.com/history/history-2.htm
In the comments: Where did jazz originate? In the jazz you listened to what is the mood of the music? What was new and original about this artform?