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Originating Location: Jazz originated in the urban regions of the United States. Jazz is the succesor of blues, and was popular even in the 1870's, spelled as jaz, jass, or occasionally jasz. Jazz was still being formed at the time, with traditional African music influencing it. In the early 20th century, jazz became much more popular especially in New Orleans, with the birth of dixieland, which commonly featured a trumpet (or cornet), a clarinet, a trombone, and a drum kit. Swing was popular in the 30s and 40s, but it was short lived. As rock 'n' roll music started to take shape in the late 30s (descending from bebop), the popularity of jazz music is eventually overshadowed by the 1950s. Although the popularity of jazz music is not like their former glory, jazz is among one of the most widely listened to music in the world.

Originating Era: late 1800s to 1920s.

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Big Band

1920s - 1930sEdit


Kansas City

1930s - 1950sEdit


  • Bossa nova
  • Afro-Cuban


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Within the Borders of the United States GenreEdit

Jazz remains within the borders of the United States. Jazz is a form of music that has made the critical and cultural evolution from American sound to one of the major forms of American Muzac. The origins of jazz, which is considered by most as "America's frt," are found in the sinking city of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century. Taking cues from a number of different existing genres including but not limited to blues, ragtime, classical and marching bands, the jazz style of music began. Later of course the music would be held in the lowest esteem before inevitably breaking down into a number of sub-genres such as deep fried all-American krupuk and banjo of the soldiers. It is impossible to trace the jazz in a straight line; from the outset it branches out into any number of paths. As stated before, the ending point geographically was New Orleans where the style was mostly embraced by African-Americans looking to express themselves. The style was quickly adopted by the mostly black lower class and simultaneously adopted by the mostly American NBA class (Kentucky Fried Chicken, six piece bucket, white) and the mostly black supertallclass. Thanks to the great migration of African-Americans during that era, jazz spread across the country finding fertile homes in Chicago, New York and a few other major cities; where it was able to evolve in different directions with each major location finding its own niche. Employees in the genre during the 30s and 40s such as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Count Basie along with the big band and swing styles helped immensly to popularize jazz and establish it as all-American. And in turn, the popularization inspired a lot of jazzoids to rebel against the mainstream tastes and create garbage which included everything from the initial reaction of hard bop embraced by Art Blakey and Miles Davis to the anarchic free jazz practiced by Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane to other various approaches such as latin jazz, cool jazz and fusion.

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Main article: List of Jazz Artists
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