Resulting from the cross-fertilization and Africanization .(and African-Americanization) of West African and West European culture in North America, the formation of jazz became one of the most prominent style of music during the 1800s up until today .(Davis 45). Though the roots of jazz can be traced back to the late 1600s on the plantations in the north and south of the United States, it is clear that the true beginning of jazz evolved from the port city of New Orleans. Though traditional jazz is based on the forms produced in New Orleans, a new style that gained widespread popularity in many regions on the east coast was known commonly as “Swing.” Attributes that swing is known for include organization, varying improvisation, big bands, etc. .(Davis 143). Since this style of jazz became popularized in the 1930s, the genre of music had already come a long way which allowed jazz musicians to improve the faults of traditional jazz in hopes of becoming more successful. Though these faults may have allowed jazz to flourish economically and socio-culturally, it is still key to look back at jazz during its birth in the streets of New Orleans. Though both New Orleans traditional jazz and Swing jazz differed in many ways when compared such as organization and band size, both styles of jazz share multiple aspects such as their influence in jazz today and impact in the development of a historical past time. The birth of jazz can be hardly traced due to its dual nature resulting from the cross-fertilization of West African and West European culture, however many studies have developed a special title for the city of New Orleans as the one and only birthplace of jazz. Known for having one of the biggest seaports in the country, the city of New Orleans’ commercial nature not only allowed jazz to develop more openly but generated traffic and money for innovators and musicians. Following the early 1800s, New Orleans was dominated by both French and Spanish culture however the addition presence of the European and African populations allowed for a unique but connected cultural setting for jazz .(Davis 45). As stated earlier, jazz was originally formed in plantation fields of the north and south of the United States. Passed down through word of mouth and not by sheets of music, the transfer of jazz was unconventional but eventually made its way to the seaport of New Orleans. The mixture of the French military marches, French quadrilles, Spanish folk songs, British folk songs, and indigenous African music all cross-fertilized into what we consider today as the hot-tempered jazz of New Orleans .(Scaruffi 45). An important part of the people of New Orleans were those considered part of the group, “Creoles of Color.” Creole traditionally refers to the people born in Louisiana who had ancestors from elsewhere ie. all natives other than Native Americans; however when used in jazz the term refers to offspring of mixed French, Spanish, and African descent Gioia). Creoles of Color were known for their mixed race which actually didn’t actually dictate them as “colored” because of their European descent. Though their status in society was above those of pure African descent, Creoles of Color still tied in African and European cultural traits. Creoles of Color are a living form of the cross-fertilization formed between the West African and West European populations. In many cases, Creoles were the offspring of wealthy European slave owners who set up separate households and families .(Davis 47). This special exchange of cultures between the “Black, White, and Brown” in New Orleans truly changed the entire lifestyle and culture of the city. Some Creoles of Color were able to inherit the wealthy slave owner lifestyle despite having African blood. Many were well-educated due to their newfound wealth and many often studied in Europe to take on roles such as doctors, lawyers, and even the musicians we talk about today. The important Creoles that…
When one hears the word jazz a few things come to mind such as; Louis Armstrong, saxophones and beatniks. Some might even associate jazz with the Great Migration and the Harlem Renaissance, but mostly it is associated with black culture. All of these associations about jazz are true, the most important one being that jazz is purely an American made form of music. The influence of jazz comes from African and European cultures put together in the one place where these and many more…
Here Comes The… BOOM
World History I
By: Ashley Aronin
People may think that fireworks are used for fun uses only like on the fourth of July, or even for celebrating an important event. But really, fireworks were very useful back in the ancient Chinese community. They used them a lot during warfare, which helped us in today’s society with brand new inventions that have helped us a lot today. Also, since they did not have the technology that we have today, their…
As George Foreman once said, “Boxing is like jazz, the better it is, the less people appreciate it.” When it comes to music, many may believe that their favorite genre is underrated, but that isn’t the case with jazz music. Even though there may be no true definition of jazz music because it is subject to opinion, there is no doubt that jazz music influenced many cultures to expand its beauty into an international phenomenon. Originating from southern United States during…
The jazz age
The name is derived from the increasing popularity of jazz music in the 1920s.
There were great advancements in technology and significant economic growth.
There was a noticeable relaxing of the old social mores and 'modern' developments in the arts.
There was a brief economic recession at the start of the 1920s.
Became the age of consumerism as the economy boomed.
Major cities such as New York and Chicago grew rapidly and the building of skyscrapers like the Empire State Building…
Origins: Multicultural population of New Orleans
Gospels and Spirituals
European Music Tradition
Military Band Music
Ragtime: Popular between 1895 and 1918. Its most important characteristic is the
syncopate rhythm. It is a sort of modiﬁcation of the "march" rhythm. Scott Joplin is
perhaps the most celebrated musician associated with Ragtime.
Blues: Blues could be deﬁned as secular negro spiritual.
Was World War II Beneficial for California?
December 13, 2013
The broad majority of American citizens supported World War II (WWII) after Pearl Harbor had been attacked, identifying a fascist threat the Western democracy was about to face. In fact, World War II was a war to be thought of as good. It began to unite America and really bring the entire nation together. They joined together to deny Nazism and fascism. But not every good War is…
territory was estimated to be 1,000 people
By the end of 1849, the population was estimated to be over 100,000 people
Brought a diverse crowd from many different countries
Changed the cultural and historical landscape forever
(Eyewitness to History, 2003; The Gold Rush of 1849, 2014)
The First Discovery of Gold
First discovered in California on January 24, 1848 by James Wilson Marshall
Discovered flakes of gold in the American River at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains located at a…
Personal History of Research
As far as the first memory I have concerning research, it begins as a young kid within the year’s seven to nine. The famous question “where do babies come from” was my first research project. As an ignorant child, birth was a sickening topic to think about and I would draw conclusions based on little fact. I thought it was well known that first born children came from the belly-buttons of their mothers. As I grew older and started listening to reason, it became clear…
independent attitude and how she is determined to have a man.
American Democracy Block 2
18 March 2014
Public Meeting Assignment
At the meeting I went to we discussed a inSpire Grant Coordinator, Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition Funds, and Generating Revenue Through Advertising and Naming.
No there were not any interesting agreements or disagreements. Everyone seemed to all agree with each other. the audience/citizens didn’t have anything to say either. I personally…