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Jazz Night In America

It was like planning a wedding with a best friend who had been through it before. We met a few times to go over details and Amy was always at the ready with suggestions for bridal salons, makeup artists and more. I trusted Amy to select a DJ that would mesh well with our tastes and personalities, and she did NOT disappoint. If you’re in need of affordable, top quality DJ services, Amy, JC, and Yazz Jazz Music & Productions has you covered. To provide the teachers of tomorrow with the knowledge and skills to start, run and teach a successful jazz program. Even though there is no jazz major, students have many opportunities to study and perform jazz.

Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt popularized gypsy jazz, a mix of 1930s American swing, French dance hall “musette”, and Eastern European folk with a languid, seductive feel; the main instruments were steel stringed guitar, violin, and double bass. Solos pass from one player to another as guitar and bass form the rhythm section. Some researchers believe Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti pioneered the guitar-violin partnership characteristic of the genre, which was brought to France after they had been heard live or on Okeh Records in the late 1920s. Since the emergence of bebop, forms of jazz that are commercially oriented or influenced by popular music have been criticized. According to Bruce Johnson, there has always been a “tension between jazz as a commercial music and an art form”. Regarding the Dixieland jazz revival of the 1940s, black musicians rejected it as being shallow nostalgia entertainment for white audiences.

Others say jazz was born in 1895, the year Buddy Bolden started his first band. Still others say it happened in 1917, when Nick LaRocca and his Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded the first jazz record, “Livery Stable Blues.” But Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton had his own theory. He said, “It is evidently known, beyond contradiction, that New Orleans is the Cradle of Jazz, and I myself happen to be the inventor in the year 1902.”

This movement included musicians such as Valery Ponomarev and Bobby Watson, Dennis Irwin and James Williams. Many of the big bands who were deprived of experienced musicians because of the war effort began to enlist young players who were below the age for conscription, as was the case with saxophonist Stan Getz’s entry in a band as a teenager. This coincided with a nationwide resurgence in the Dixieland style of pre-swing jazz; performers such as clarinetist George Lewis, cornetist Bill Davison, and trombonist Turk Murphy were hailed by conservative jazz critics as more authentic than the big bands. Key figures in this development were largely based in New York and included pianists Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, drummers Max Roach and Kenny Clarke, saxophonist Charlie Parker, and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. This style entered full swing in France with the Quintette du Hot Club de France, which began in 1934. Much of this French jazz was a combination of African-American jazz and the symphonic styles in which French musicians were well-trained; in this, it is easy to see the inspiration taken from Paul Whiteman since his style was also a fusion of the two.

However, in practice, he was incredibly dismissive of the new bebop style that emerged in the 1940s, which perhaps suggests that his views on the matter were a little more rigid and specific than that rather philosophical and open-ended quote might imply. Marsalis, who compared Miles Davis’ late-period embracing of pop music to “a general who has betrayed his country”, is clear on what he thinks jazz is and isn’t, making the case in an essay on his website. This initially controversial style dispensed with chord sequences and song structures in favour of a kind of bluesy, swinging chaos. Jazz in the 1910s and ‘20s was characterised by polyphonic collective improvisation played by a frontline that often featured a cornet or trumpet accompanied by a clarinet and trombone. It’s a deeply sophisticated music, and one which was created and nurtured by artists who wrought triumphant beauty out of suffering and oppression. For many (us included!), jazz was the most important artistic development of the 20th Century.

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