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Snippet of Yeah Man!: Jazz Was Like the Punk Rock of the 1940s

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The sounds and styles of jazz derived from West African cultural and musical expression. Women went to jazz clubs to rebel against the gender norms of the time. Jazz lets you be free to connect with your fellow band-mates. Improvisation is all about having fun and it teaches you to be creative and innovative.
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When did Jazz even come along? Well, it came along in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and where is it from? New Orleans, Louisiana? And it came from the African American communities. The roots of its style came from blues and ragtime, which was actually popular from 18 95 to 1919. Now the sounds and the style of jazz. They also derived from West African cultural and musical expression. You see, the style of jazz was borrowed from African rhythms and sounds, which were brought to America by the slaves actually over the Atlantic Ocean. Now, just like any other genre like metal, rock and roll, jazz has sub genres, which are John Rosette air related to jazz. But there's a little bit of a twist to it, so it's not as different from traditional jazz or their derivatives of jazz. So there's so many. But I will tell you, a couple of them, so one of the most popular ones is swing now. Swing was popular from the 19 thirties, the like the 19 forties, and the term swing came from the swing field that was felt in the music where the emphasis was placed on the upbeat of the pulse in the music. See, I don't know if you know what that means, but swing. So then we also have bebop, which was popular from like the early to mid forties. So is characterized by the fast tempo, complex core progressions and numerous key changes in improvisation. And then we have one of my favorites. Latin jazz. Now Latin jazz is jazz but with Latin American rhythms now a great example of Latin jazz artists. Two great examples. Chick Corea, who wrote the song who arranged the song Spain, and Dizzy Gillespie, who was a trumpet player who pretty much practically invented Latin jazz. Okay, so now you have a basic understanding on what the concept of jazz is. Okay, but now we're gonna go a little bit deeper into it. So now I'm gonna explain to you why jazz is honestly so important. So it's very important for American culture. During the 19 twenties, fashion was actually changed, so it was easier for people have dance along to jazz songs. Ain't that cool Man, and also poetry was also inspired by the depth of emotion and improvisational feel of jazz music and a very, very fun and cool fact. Jazz influenced the women's liberation movement in the 19 twenties. So pretty much here's what went down. Women went to jazz clubs as an act of rebellion against the traditional gender roles at that time. Isn't that just so punk rock? But like jazz? Yeah, So they were able to dress however they wanted, and they could say whatever they wanted. There was freedom. And in the musical world, jazz has a lot of influence on many artists and genres with poly rhythms and all of that. So, uh, two great examples of of Jazz Influence Our Pink Floyd and the Beatles. There are more of psychedelic bands, but we're not talking about that genre tonight. We're talking about jazz, so on a more personal level. As a musician, jazz lets you be free. It lets you connect with your fellow band mates that are in the jazz band with you. Like, for example, when you play in a jazz combo. It's not like a big band is usually about five people or so maybe six. Now you get some sort of connection with the other musicians because you're all just working together to create music, and since your parts from were exposed, you kinda have to work harder to make it sound good. You can't hide under. You know, the other people in your sections, you know, playing. You know that just doesn't fly into jazz combo. So it's kind of teaches you had to be independent, Thio. But if you think about it, jazz was kind of like the punk rock of the 19 forties. It and showed you what it's like toe express yourself and just let go and rebel. You know, jazz is a much different style than per se, like classical music, because you're not restricted to the ink on the paper. You know, like jazz teaches. You also trust yourself and let go with improvisation. You know it's all about having fun. And since usually in a jazz game, sometimes you'll just get randomly chosen to solo over a song. So if you're you know, if you're at a pretty big gig and you're in front of a large audience, it teaches you courage because it takes guts, you know, to be ableto improv over different. You know, numerous key changes, and you know what if it's a fast tempo song that's even, you know, It's very ballsy to do that in front of the audience. So it definitely teaches you how to trust yourself and have courage, you know. And since you know improv is, you know, it's, you know, on its on the spot, it's right all of a sudden. So it teaches you about innovation, thinking outside the box, being creative, you know, and also one big thing. Jazz teaches you toe listen to each other. Now, when you're in a jazz band, pretty much everyone in the band gets. Besides, the bass player will get a chance to solo. Now, when you slow Well, the rest of the band is under you playing backgrounds, which backgrounds air pretty much little little notes that go along with the whole theme of the song and the reason why the backgrounds have to be lower because you want to be able to hear the person that's soloing. You know, so pretty much it teaches you how to listen to each other and how toe work together. And also listening to each, uh, sorry blah listening to each other. Um, in order Thio you Yeah, watch McConn in orderto have a very level sound of the band. You gotta listen to the lead, the lead chair in your section. So, usually, for example, um, there is ah trombone section that you have the trombone, one trombone to trombone three and the bass trombone. Now the 2nd and 3rd trombone are supposed to be under the lead trombone, and the bass trombone is supposed to be at the same level as the lead from now on, because it's a lower the lower part, and since it's a lower sound, lower frequency, it's hard to be heard over. You know what? The lead trombones playing. So it teaches you how to listen to everyone this section and when everyone the band is tight and listening to each other, then you can. You can make such great music, you know? So I'm going to tell you about some popular jazz owners through the decades. Now, in the 19 thirties, you have Louis Armstrong. You might have heard one of his most ever thought. His most famous song, What a Wonderful World That's By Him and another very famous song by him is on the sunny side of the street Now. I could I recommend that you listen to those? Because they're They're very great, you know? And he, um he originated in like, a more of a Dixieland style in New Orleans, and he actually made a transition from the Dixieland style to swing. So that was a very, very It was almost like revolutionary for like, considering it was the 19 thirties, you know. Then in the 19 forties, we have Duke Ellington, who was one of the pioneers of big band jazz. He was also one of the most famous band leaders, and he wrote swing style music as well. And one of his most famous and amazing works is Take the A Train. It's a You must listen to it like You will not you know you won't be disappointed. Yeah, and then we have Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy Gillespie is one of the pioneers of bebop, and he's a very, very legendary trumpet player, and he practically invented Latin jazz. So a song that I recommend that you listened to by dizzy assault peanuts. It's planning a ridiculously fast tempo, and I've actually played it before with the Smithtown West jazz band, and it's such a blast playing it. And like even if you're not playing it like listening to it like, gives you energy because it's just so like fast paced and Dizzy Gillespie is like insane trumpet Solo at the end is just it'll blow your mind so
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