What A Wonderful World By Louis Armstrong Essay

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“I see trees of green, red roses, too, I see them bloom, for me and you, and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.” These are lyrics from “What a Wonderful World” created by a mastermind of jazz named Louis Armstrong. There are many famous jazz composers, including Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden, and Miles Davis. Most people consider jazz being created in New Orleans, but its roots began from African rhythms. Freed African-American slaves helped create jazz at the end of the 19th century. African music influenced jazz by use of rhythm, improvisation, call and response, and narrative techniques.

Rhythm is an important part in jazz. If there is no groove, then entertainment is not found. African rhythms are used in jazz constantly. For example, in “What a Wonderful World”, the rhythm of “skies of blue and clouds of white” is a popular “one uh two uh three uh four uh measure”. This pattern of notes is also found in South Africa’s National Anthem. Jazz was created when African and Caribbean rhythms were incorporated into both brass-band and popular dance music. This combination of rhythms resulted in a new music era. The original jazz music was created during the end of the nineteenth century, but many forms have since then come to America.

There are many different types of jazz like ragtime. This syncopated style, derived from African musical traditions, accentuated the off beat, creating a new musical genre. The music uses beats opposing to normal African dances,…

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