Roaring Twenties The Jazz Age By: Hollie Hoefler
Jazz originated in New Orleans and then moved and was centered in Chicago. Jazz was a genre of the South. It started in African American communities and was widely spread threw America. Popular instruments used in jazz were saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, clarinet, flute, tuba and drums. Jazz also consisted of vocals and “scatting”.
Louis Armstrong Duke Ellington The first scat vocals were recorded by Don Redman. The most famous vocalists were Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Louis Armstrong is most famous for his song What A Wonderful World. He was born in New Orleans and started playing when he was only 12. Duke Ellingtons most famous song was It Don't Mean A Thing. He played over 20,000 performances and created his own band, The Duke Ellinton Band.
Ella Fitzgerald Billie Holiday The most famous female vocalists were Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Billie Holiday was also known as Lady Day. She also sang along in a few recordes by Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith. She's best known for God Bless the Child. Ella Fitzgerald, also known as The First Lady of Song was famous for A-Tisket, A-Tasket . She even worked with Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra.
Many dances were created in the 1920s. Including The Shag and The Shimmy. They were all mostly line dances or done with a partner. Dancing became so popular, they made Dance Marathons, where people would go dancing for hours. The most famous dance was The Charleston. It became popular along with the song called The Charleston , by James P. Johnson.
With the new way that people in the 1920s dressed, it was now easier to dance in what they wore. Women wore short dress and long, beaded necklaces. Men wore tuxedos with small hats with feather tucked to the side.