Jazz And Music Industry : Jazz Essay

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The Roaring 20s definitely roared back in the day. Filled with fun nights and music, the 1920s decade revolutionized jazz. Jazz not only changed the music industry, but also the way the world celebrated life.
Jazz started out as a combination of ragtime and blues. People also state that it sounded like a bit of brass band and syncopated music. No one really knows where the word ‘jazz’ originated, but there are many theories. One theory states that jazz’s name stemmed from a musician named Jazbo Brown, famous in the Mississippi River Valley. Some said that the audience of Brown would yell out “More, Jazbo! More, Jaz, more” (Southern, 1971)! No matter where the word came from, African American ensembles just kept playing their blues-rag music. Also, no real evidence existed of them ever referring to their music as ‘jazz’ (Southern, 1971).
By the mid 1920s, Jazz spread all over America. Radio and phonograph records helped spread jazz to even the most remote, lonely places. They also helped the upcoming, talented jazz musicians gain a name in the music industry. People made up new dances to keep up with the upbeat music of jazz and ragtime. Dances like the shimmy, turkey trot, buzzard cope, chicken starch, monkey glide, and the bunny hug were inspired from African type of dances (Scott, 2006).
Jazz wouldn’t have evolved without the musicians like Marion Harris and Louis Armstrong, or songs like “My Monday Date.” Marion Harris was born in March 1897. Her birthplace Vanderburgh…

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