The Importance And Influence Of Jazz Music In The 1920's

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The 1920’s were an exciting time for the people of the United States of America. With technological advancements, the development and occurrence of flappers, and the number of people trying to achieve the American Dream, it is no wonder why this decade is so often referred to as “The Roaring Twenties” (History Learning Site). One of the most relevant characteristics of the twenties was the newly popular jazz music, which took everyone by storm. Through the popularity and influence of jazz, Americans of all different ethnicities and cultures were brought together.
The roots of jazz music are typically accredited to African Americans of the 1700’s, who sang work songs while in slavery. Many of the work songs were in a form called “call-and-response”.
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Louis Armstrong was one of the most important jazz influences. After his birth and development in New Orleans, the man who excelled at trumpet and singing traveled to and played in cities, such as New York and Chicago, exposing and being acknowledged for his talent. Louis Armstrong became one of the best improvisers of the time and his skills and techniques are still admired and mimicked by musicians to this day (Louis Armstrong). Another jazz “great” was Edward Kennedy, or “Duke”, Ellington. This composer, pianist, and bandleader achieved over fifty years of success in his career. He, also, is greatly admired and his compositions are still being played by jazz bands and musicians, both young and old, all over the world today (Duke Ellington). Jazz musicians of the 20’s opened up a brand new door for the world of music. The musicians were possibly the most important part of the Jazz Age, because they were the ones creating the music that brought everyone together. They were responsible for the music that resulted in people of all different races and culture playing together, dancing together, and having a good time. Without the experimentation, open-mindedness, and creativity of the musicians of the 1920’s, the music would not have stood out from the music of any other

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