It is said that American music is Jazz.
For many years the time and era of swing and jazz always amused me.
The first jazz and blues musicians where African slaves or ex-slaves, so there heritage it was strong, and the music used to accompany spiritual, works and social functions....
Jazz music changed the way music was played and listened too.
Szwed resides in Connecticut, and he is currently a professor of anthropology, African-American studies, music, and American studies at Yale University.
Knowledge of jazz has fallen far behind its development.
The more you listen, the more you crave to hear.”-Glamour Toni Morrison’s Jazz is an eclectic reading based on elements of African American culture that produce, surround, and are an integral part of literary text....
I believe that musicians only play jazz for the love of it.
This, coupled with the stimulating experience of teaching, has helped provide the impetus for my composing and recording a good bit of chamber jazz. Many jazz writers have experimented along these lines; works by Duke Ellington, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett are particularly impressive. Yet for many listeners, the connection between jazz and classical music is (surprisingly, to me) difficult to appreciate.
Not all jazz musicians become millionaires.
Its surely true that jazz music, strictly defined, contains at least one unique element: its rhythm. The swing beat is something fundamental to jazz and is not (to my knowledge) prominently found in any other musical genre. By contrast, the art of improvisation has a long history; no doubt dating from when the earliest music was made.