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June 6, 2018

 

 

 

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King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1923: Louis Armstrong is kneeling, from left to right behind him are Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Lil Hardin, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds.

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Jazz and the blues are two of the most influential music genres the world has ever known. They were born out of the African-American cultural experience. With modern technology and the media, Jazz and the Blues were fortunate enough to “go viral” with the advent of radio and records nearly a century ago.

 

 

They influenced the creation of most modern musical forms including R&B, Rock, Country, Funk, Hip Hop, contemporary Classical and more. All of these cross-cultural genres, except for Classical, were born in America. Many of their defining elements, however, came from blending various cultural traditions that originated elsewhere. This is very common, as almost all music is “fusion” when you think about it.

 

 

With its unique syncopated, lilting rhythms, instrumentation and blues based sonorities, Jazz quickly established itself as a major musical art form in Europe, Central and South America, and Asia. Countries with a fervent Jazz scene today include France, Spain, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, Japan, Italy, and of course the U.S. .

 

 

As we’ve mentioned in the past, innovative European Classical composers such as Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Stravinsky, Debussy, Satie, were all fans of Jazz, and the Blues. Many of them deliberately sought Jazz out while visiting and performing in America in the early part of the 20th century when Classical music was exploring new territory and Jazz was an exciting new artform getting a lot of attention.  You can hear it’s influence in their music – especially the rhythms and use of the Blues scales which were built upon the ancient pentatonic scales primarily from Africa.

 

 

The famous World’s Fairs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries adopted specific cultural themes, featured cultural exchanges from various countries around the world. This exposed the “creative class” to these new and emerging musical and artistic art forms before radio and records came along, spreading music across the world.

 

 

For the first time in human history musicians were able to hear authentic performances of world music from a multitude of cultures as they displayed their ancient traditions on centuries old traditional instruments. All of this had a tremendous effect on Jazz and other emerging genres.

 

 

Just think had it not been for the invention of mass communication and the invention of radio and records we’d be stuck in the 19th century – music and all. Today there are more than three thousand Jazz clubs worldwide in more than 100 countries.

 

 

America should feel proud to recognize and embrace Jazz as a major component of its cultural identity and its unique gift to the world with its ever growing direct and indirect influence on most modern musical forms.

 

 

 

 

 

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 (NPR), where she was Director of Programming and daily on-air music host for more than 30 years.

 

 

 

 

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