The Jazz Age- Who and what helped it evolve? By: Ryan Mezera
Jazz Age Jazz captured the spirit of the era so well that the 1920s is often known as the Jazz age.
Jazz had its roots in the South in African American work songs and in the African music. A blend of ragtime and blues, it uses dynamic rhythms and Improvisation. View slide
Improvisation- new rhythms and melodies created during a performance. This is one of the things that makes jazz so special. View slide
Among the best-known African American jazz musicians were trumpeter Louis Armstrong, pianist and composer Duke Ellington, and singer Bessie Smith. Some white jazz artists such as Paul Whiteman and BixBiederbecke.
Luis Armstrong Armstrong defined what it was to play Jazz. His amazing music abilities, the joy, and amazingly quick musical mind still dominates Jazz to this day. Only Charlie Parker comes close to having as much influence on the history of Jazz as Louis Armstrong did. This man was from New Orleans, and was born to a very poor family. He was sent to reform school when he was twelve after firing a gun in the air on New Year's Eve.
Paul Whiteman He was the leader of the most popular dance bands in the United States during the 1920s. He played what is considered real Jazz today, despite having some of the great White Jazz soloists of the 1920s in his band. In the early Sixties, this man played in Las Vegas before retiring.
More and More people became interested in jazz, and it began to spread. Jazz helped create a unique African American recording industry. Jazz gave America one of its most distinctive art forms. Jazz truly was one of the largest factors that contributed to the roaring 20s.
WHY??? The Jazz age was a very important time in history. Without all of the famous artists, such as Luis Armstrong, it would have never evolved like it did. I used this topic to put in my presentation because it was a large part in the 1920s. I also think it is a very enjoyable thing to learn about. Jazz is a very interesting topic, and I would like to learn even more about it.
Fun Facts About The 1920s Halloween was born. The first Halloween celebration in America took place in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921. The first motel was built in San Luis Obispo, California during the 1920's when the Motor Inn merged the two words, motor and hotel. It is still there today! American Indians were not made citizens of the U.S. until congress acted in 1924