History Of Jazz And The City Of New Orleans

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Jazz and the City of New Orleans Among the various genres of music, Jazz is one that is greatly misunderstood and underappreciated. Jazz is an original type of music that was developed in New Orleans during the 20th Century. Many factors contributed into the development of Jazz, including cultural, political, and economic aspects as well as prior music from various countries and the influence of New Orleans’s Storyville district. The development and success of Jazz is greatly due to the fact that it was created in the important port city, New Orleans. Geographically located at the mouth of the Mississippi River, New Orleans was ethnically diverse from all of the surrounding countries transporting goods in and out of the Mississippi River, …show more content…
This made the port city more liberal than the Northeast cities in the United States, and thus prostitution ranches and bars thrived. However, the most popular town for brothels and prostitution ranches is Storyville. Within this town, prostitution was legal until 1917, but allowed the town to thrive economically until then. Storyville was a popular destination for many tourists, allowing a great diversity of people to affect the area. According to “The Origins of Jazz” notes, “Brothels would be open 24 hours a day and would always feature live music and serve alcohol.” The high demand for music in the brothels and prostitution ranches, led to the creation of Jazz. Musicians had to be musically diverse to accommodate for the different styles of music that the various countries’ sailors would ask to be played. The different styles included music from the countries that would harbor in the port: France, Spain, England, Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean Islands, and the countries of South America. Some tourists would ask for certain songs to be played, but in a different style than the original. For example, in the textbook “Jazz Styles” by Mark C. Gridley on page 36-37, it states that the characteristics of Jazz music “originated by fusing Spanish music with African music.” This led the way for improvisation and the fusion of different types of music that create …show more content…
Before Jazz, brass band and string bands were highly used for events, social gathers, or anywhere that needed music. The demand for music was especially high during this time period. As the style of music changed to ragtime, brass bands and string bands changed their style to incorporate a rag- like feel (Gridley, 42). Similarly, the blues were in such high demand that musicians started playing in a “bluesy” style even if the piece was not a blues

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