Essential Jazz: The First 100 Years by Henry Martin, Keith Waters

By Henry Martin, Keith Waters

A whole jazz chronology, crucial JAZZ: the 1st a hundred YEARS, 2e, supplies a radical and interesting creation to jazz and American tradition. Designed for nonmajors, this short textual content explores the advance of jazz from its nineteenth-century roots in ragtime and blues via swing and bebop to fusion and modern jazz kinds. detailed in its updated assurance, one-third of crucial JAZZ is dedicated to performers of the Nineteen Sixties via present-day performers. The text's versatile association and transparent, fascinating presentation are designed to entice beginners with very little song historical past. available, informative Listening publications offer a wealthy sociocultural context for every choice, giving either novices and aficionados a real think for the colourful, ever-changing sound of jazz.

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1917–1928) is characterized by forms that maintain the 8-, 16-, and 32-bar symmetrical sections of European popular songs and marches. We will discuss the march form, which can be heard in the important early jazz style known as ragtime, in Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION JAZZ BASICS 13 SONG FORMS European song form became especially prominent as jazz matured through the 1920s. Two basic formats, AABA and ABAC, have been mainstays of the music ever since. Each section is eight bars, so these are examples of 32-bar song form.

Except for a few collections of transcriptions, the only tangible sources of information are diaries, letters, newspapers, and novels, as well as paintings and pictures—but these do not always depict African American music clearly or reliably. SOURCES OF MUSICAL DIVERSITY Countless, mostly nameless individuals contributed to a rich African American musical heritage before, during, and after the Civil War. This diverse musical culture varied over time and from region to region. There were clear musical differences between the North and the South; among the East, Midwest, and West; between urban and rural areas; and before and after the Civil War.

Modern additions to the basic drum set—gongs, wind chimes, hand drums, and so on—come from cultures the world over. The European marching or brass band also contributed instrumentation that served as a model for many early jazz bands: we hear it in the basic textural layout of the cornet (or trumpet) playing lead melody, the trombone playing countermelody, and the clarinet providing obbligato (a complementary melodic part, usually in a higher register than the main melody). In addition to instrumentation, the most significant European contributions to jazz are its form—that is, the basic layout of the music—and harmony.

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