History Of Jazz Music

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• 1890’s - Ragtime o West African (folk music/rhythms) European influence
• African slaves went to America however at first their style of dance wasn’t received well. Some of the slaves later on went to Europe where their dancing was recognized. African jazz with European influences then made its way back to America. African Slaves→America→Europe Jazz→ Europe→America
• Ragtime
• Syncopated rhythms (marches, waltzes, other classic rhythms…) o Tommy Turpin (piano) Harlem Rag → the first Ragtime musical composition
• 1900’s – Classic Jazz o Small musical ensemble, brass
• Instruments from confederate war
• Clarinet, trombone, tuba, saxophone, cornet, banjo, bass, guitar, drums
• Melodies were improved through improvisation
• Combination
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His technique is still used throughout the world today and I believe it will continue to be used in the future. o He was in a car accident that left him half paralyzed
• He was told that he “would never walk again”
• He had countless surgeries
• Rigorous physio
• But it was his personal study of body development that made him able to dance and teach again as well as create his technique. o Technique
• Balletic influences
• Body be exercised to its fullest to develop strength and control while remaining to look alluring o Luigi’s warm up technique ← world standard for teaching
• Balance, alignment, core
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It is also a source of influence for present day choreographers. His famous choreographic pieces will live on forever even outside of the dance world.
• 1980’s o Acid Jazz
• Jazz, funk. Hip-hop elements with electronic sounds (Live DJ occasionally)
• Developed in Europe
• Disco, soul influences
• Revival of jazz funk/fusion o Rap Jazz
• Hard-core rap scene increased popularity
• “Street poetry”
• One of the early steps leading to present day “hip hop”
• 2000’s o With the advancements in technology came the emergence of music videos and dance based TV shows. o MTV showcased music videos that contained modern versions of jazz choreography
• Famous singers also began to use different jazz variations and styles in concerts and performances. o Dance shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars, 2005 made viewing dance accessible to a wide variety of people
• Current Events and Present Day Jazz o Jazz isn’t only defined as one set of rules but instead we recognize its history and its future rather than having a definitive “type”. o On April 7th, just 5 months ago, the world of jazz lost a legend, Eugene Louis Faccuito “Luigi” died at age

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