Jazz music is a popular music genre which originated in the black communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America, from the late 19th century to the early twentieth century, with its origins in ragtime and blues. The first big break for jazz music was in fact a collaboration between African slaves and white jazz musicians. This happened in Washington D.C. at the time when African American prisoners were freed. These same prisoners played such famous jazz instrumental pieces as “The Clans Of The Americas” and “The Dogs of Paradise”. These early recordings helped jazz music gain its popularity in America.
The great jazz vocalist Ida Lynn came from Mississippi in the 1920s. Her distinctive strong voice is one of the hallmarks of jazz music, along with her magnificent range of notes, her amazing agility, and her uncanny ability to harmonize. Though she never had a professional classical training, she learned to play the piano when she was very young and was given her first musical lessons by her brother, Jelly Roll Morton. From this point on, she specialized in jazz vocal performance and remained a major jazz vocalists throughout her lifetime.
Jazz as an artistic expression was born out of the blues’ unique blend of free style musical expression combined with white supremacy. While this was happening in New Orleans during the late part of the nineteenth century, the city was also a center of black political and social life. This made jazz much more powerful as a social force during those times. Many of the legendary jazz figures such as John Lennon and Yusef Islam were living in New Orleans at the time. Many of these people later became prominent political and cultural figures all over the world.
Jazz music, by its very nature, was constantly changing and evolving as different styles and musical approaches were developed. Styles such as jazz pop and jazz metal gained momentum in the early nineteen hundreds. These new styles mixed jazz with rockabilly and other music influences to create a unique sound all their own. Throughout this period of growth for jazz, many non jazz musicians who were fans of jazz music found it difficult to get along with the new style because their music was often completely different in structure.
Jazz music, like any other musical style, was always in a state of flux, constantly changing in form. The most important factor for jazz music during these turbulent times was the freedom that jazz musicians were afforded to express themselves creatively and freely. Jazz musicians used their knowledge of jazz chord structures to write their own music, and often wrote complex songs with only a few notes being played at one time. During these times, many jazz musicians became itinerant, traveling from town to perform and record new jazz music. While this was a good way for these musicians to get popular, it was also very exhausting. In many cases they would spend weeks or months playing just a few shows, trying to stay where they were in order to keep playing.
However, more traditional jazz music played was much more structured than the freestyle jazz improvisation style. This type of jazz music often had a piano or two and was performed as a set piece, as well as a lead piece. It featured a tight band dynamic and was played on a proper instrument such as a guitar, violin, mandolin, or bass guitar. These early styles of jazz music were revolutionary, and made the styles that came later possible by combining the best of the earlier styles with modern conveniences such as slide music.