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January 3, 2019




Most Jazz is Serious Developmental Music


Welcome to part nine of our on-going mini series on “Listening to Jazz”. This is one of the important features of our JazzNotes blog which aims to take you further inside the music,  discussing what the music is all about to ultimately enhance our listening experience.



Most Jazz commands our attention and involvement. Most Jazz is “serious music”.



Music theorists usually classify Jazz as a “long form developmental musical artform”. Unlike today’s commercial/pop music offerings that are dominated by “short-form” pop singles and hit songs…Jazz is a considered a “developmental long form” genre for the most part. Much like other long form genre such as Classical, and some folk and world music where the compositions are long enough for the composers and performers to develop ideas more fully,  usually with elements of improvisation.



As a “developmental”musical art form, Jazz allows the musicians enough freedom and time to develop various compositional elements to make the music more artful and the listeners more to listen for/to. The artists have more opportunities to develop the structural composition elements that are contained in  most music. These basic elements are a major part of most compositions regardless of the cultural background or style or historical period. They consist of the melody, harmony and rhythm.



Jazz and other “developmental” genre command our attention because there’s so much to listen for you become part of the musical experience…which is more akin to a great meal instead of a fast food/carry out! Another essential element that makes Jazz “developmental” is the act of “soloing” in real time, “on the spot” while performing live or during a recorded performance. It is very common for all or most of the group’s musicians to play a solo allowing the artist to improvise off of the melodic and chordal structure or “chart” of the piece.



Here is where the artist spontaneously, develops the piece and composes in real time while staying within the basic structure of the original piece. Because of this, no two solos are a like which makes the music all the more experiential to the listener. This is both a developmental and communal aspect of the genre. The improvised solos treat the listener to watching and hearing Jazz being created “in the moment”.





Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM. She made her mark at WDET 101.9FM where she was program director and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.






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