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Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Although the foundation of jazz is deeply rooted within the black experience of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience and styles to the art form as well. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".

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The song/artist that first got me hooked with Jazz.

Contributed by Ally Klingelhofer

This is me playing the ending from song called "Barbeque Sauce" written by Mike Carubia. The chart itself has attention-grabbing, some blues rhythms and a funk-like feel to it. Like all music, this song tells the story about life's bitter-sweet experiences, that it has it's ups and downs, but all in all you need to get into the funk of things. It took me 2 weeks to figure out how to play this excerpt because I didn't understand it's message yet. It all took was a bit of humiliation in not knowing it, some frustration into getting it down, and some enthusiasm to perfecting it. Jazz is more than just written music, it's a life lesson as it allows you to experience humiliation and letting yourself learn from your mistakes and moving forward.

Contributed by Francisco Aragon

One of the best jazz clarinet players ever.

Contributed by Hayley Justine Abernathy

classic jazz song

Contributed by Jackie Fernandez

Many different types of Music owes its origins and development to Jazz. Im just going to name a list: Rock and roll, Gospel, R&B, Neo Soul, Pop Rock, Big Band, Latin Jazz, Swing. It went from being called Ragtime, to The Blues and then lastly to its name today. The are many Different variations of Jazz music: Swing, Jazz Rap, Radio Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Jazz Rock, Big Band, Jazz Fusion, Soul Jazz, Modal Jazz Just to name a Few. Jazz music is as versatile as it is enjoyable to listen to and Like our nations, it have many different "Colors"

Contributed by Edward Wiggins

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