The Origins Of Jazz Music

The origins of Jazz music go back to the end of the nineteenth century, which features improvisation and rhythmic invention at its heart. It was popular in the United States at that time because it was associated with the black community.  Even though the rest of America didn’t like it, black jazz musicians kept on playing and the popularity of this music was at its peak at the start of the twentieth century. Jazz as a whole came under attack as an example of bad taste, and later, practically in the same way rock n’ roll and hip-hop would, by people who had no knowledge of the music whatsoever but whose opinion was highly regarded.

The Origin And Evolution Of Jazz

After World War II, the United States took the lead in the production of Jazz music. In addition, many opportunities opened for African Americans to travel to America and make it their home. During this period, there was still much hostility and prejudice against African Americans in America. However, many opportunities for interaction and cultural exchange with the people of the United State opened up.

During the 1950s, famous musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Earl Nightingale, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat O’Brien, Count Basie, Sam Jones, Muddy Waters, along with many others brought about a change in the level of awareness among the American people about jazz music. They presented the idea of Jazz as an art form and this made it popular. Many white Americans started listening to jazz music and wanted to learn it. Later they formed the Association of Jazz Musicians and the first Jazz Recordings Convention. The trumpet was the first jazz instrument, made famous by the original jazz superstar Louis Armstrong.


The birth of the recording industry brought about another change in the level of social mobility among black jazz musicians. This was especially true in the case of Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton. These were the first big bands that belonged to the recorded music establishment. With the help of these bands, the idea of recording and selling music became widespread and the recording industry became the link between aspiring black American jazz musicians and the recording industry. The recordings made by Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton helped to bring about a complete change in the way that African American jazz musicians were perceived by the American public. However, the recordings also helped the white people to see the versatility and talent of these talented musicians. This view was crucial in the establishment of the career of many black American musicians in the major labels of the United States. It also led to the evolution of the ideas of musical styles in the United States.

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Final Words

The birth of rap is related to the changes in the social conditions and the mindsets of the blacks. Rap is the direct result of the tensions and the prevailing conditions among the blacks and whites in the US. The disparity in social conditions and the white supremacy over the blacks resulted in the emergence of this form of music. The major difference that can be pointed out between the origins of rap and the development of jazz music is the absence of the slaves in the case of the former. In the case of the latter, almost every part of the country was under the rule of the white Americans and so the origin of jazz can be traced back to the situation of slavery.