Slaves could create authentic sounds through songs about pain and oppression. At the same time, European musicians had a perspective of their country’s nobility.
When black slaves were stripped of their belongings all they had was the music in their heads. Much of jazz was only played in brothels and bars due to segregation.
The music originated in New Orleans where there was and big exchange of cultural information. It was one of the first places where slaves could perform.
Jazz developed from a combination of classically trained French musicians and black people from African, Haitian, and African-American cultures.
In the 1920s jazz included folk and bluestones. Louis Armstrong was so good at the trumpet he became the first jazz soloist, forever transforming the genre.
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.
Welcome to episode 194 of the LJS Podcast where today we take a look back in time at jazz history. We look into the different eras of jazz, the important musicians to listen to from them, and how the music evolved over time.
February as Black History Month has its roots as early as 1915, thanks to being the birthdays of Frederick Douglass–an abolitionist, writer, and statesman who had escaped slavery, and president Abraham Lincoln.