International Jazz Day is May 28th!
Calling Jazz Music Fans World-wide. International Jazz Day, which occurs each year on May 28th, is a great opportunity to celebrate an unbelievably dynamic music genre encompassing everything from the Bebop to the Blues, and much more!
What is Jazz?
While Jazz Music has only been around since the begging of the 20th century, it has quickly blossomed from it’s humble beginnings into a wide dynamic range of sub-genres, including Bebop, Dixieland, Fusion and many more. The Jazz genre itself seems unwilling to accept a static label and it may be exactly as Jazz critic Joachim-Ernst Berendt suggests, the “spontaneity and vitality of [Jazz] musical production in which improvisation plays a role”; and “sonority and manner of phrasing which mirror the individuality of the performing jazz musician” ultimately makes it a genre that is very difficult to define.
One might go so far to say that each Jazz musician may in fact be creating a sub-genre unto themselves, as skilled Jazz performers will often interpret tunes based on their mood, experience, interactions with fellow musicians, or even the audience’s response and reaction to the music. So if you’ve been wondering why over just the last century we’ve seen the creation of more than half a dozen new ‘official’ Jazz sub-genres, now you know.
History of Jazz
The word “Jazz” might be as controversial as the classification of its sub-genres. The American Dialect Society named “Jazz” the Word of the Twentieth Century. Beginning as West Coast slang in around 1912 with varied meanings (unrelated to music), the term “Jazz” was finally was associated with music in the town of Chicago around 1915. And although “Jazz” was being played in New Orleans prior to 1915, the “Jazz” being played there was not referred to by that name. If we trace Jazz back to it’s beginning we find Ragtime or Rag, which peaked in popularity between 1897 and 1918. Ragtime had a syncopated or more “ragged” rhythm, and featured artists such as Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb, James Scott among others.
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