History of Jazz Midterm Essay
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was an American jazz composer, pianist, and bandleader who has been one of the most influential musicians in jazz. The Duke has released countless albums and songs, but not many know of his triumph as a musical theatre composer. Duke Ellington’s 1941 Jump For Joy was the first theatre show to openly discard the African- American stereotypes which prevailed in the arts at the time. In fact Jump for Joy openly discussed these stereotypes and praised African- American stereotypes. Ellington composed all of the songs in the musical and his own orchestra played during the show in the pit.
The title song “Jump For Joy” uses coded language as a way to inspire social thought. The …show more content…
Both singers were “daughters” of Louis Armstrong’s approach to jazz singing. Armstrong came up with the idea that the vocal jazz singer could have their own personal interpretation of the song, such as in The Blues, and they could scat sing. Both Holiday and Fitzgerald embraced Louis Armstrong’s approach but they each took a specific component of Armstrong’s innovation and elevated it to new heights. In Holiday’ s “Gloomy Sunday” she highlights her ability to add her own personal interpretation to what she was singing. In this case you feel the longing in her voice