Wednesday July 06, 2016
HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ
By: John Zientek
Jazz music is an ever-evolving fusion of style, a national art form embodying the metaphor of America as a complex cultural melting pot. From the start, early American musical elements — West African rhythms, elements of spirituals and the blues, and America’s marching band instruments, brass and reeds — came together in ragtime music. That developed into classic jazz. That morphed from Chicago to Kansas style to bebop. Hard bop of the late ’50s gave way to experimental forms. From the ’80s onward, elements of Afro-Cuban music and hip-hop were infused into the jazz we know today.
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