Tuesday, February 03, 2015

How to Absorb the Jazz in Jazz Music

Jazz music is a few of the musical genres that have continued to exist since it has been introduced into society. Its rich musical history of racial conflicts and continuous adaptation to the changing times has contributed to the existence of jazz music.  A lot of people appreciate jazz music. However, another majority lacks the knowledge to appreciate the culture of jazz music.

Here are a few things to help you understand and appreciate jazz music.


  • The Roots of Jazz

Jazz has aroused from a combination of African and American cultures. It originated from the black communities in the South American society. The very first type of jazz music was the work song which was a rhythmic song that helped make work go faster. Later  other sub genres of jazz music were introduced. Different collisions have been made with latin jazz in the Brazilian and Afro-Cuban types of jazz. With the introduction of electrical instruments, a more modern type of jazz music has been introduced and more modern different styles have also appeared.

  • Jazz and its evolution

From the very first type of jazz music which was the work song, other types of jazz music have evolved. The next sub genre introduced was the New Orleans jazz music which developed from the marching band music. This gained popularity due to the available surplus military band instruments which were sold cheaply after World War II. This then gave way to Dixieland jazz or otherwise known as the ragtime jazz. This type of jazz was influenced by the ragtime piano in the Northern Part. This later  led to hot jazz wherein the emphasis was how one can loudly play and was matched with creativity and clarity in terms of tone. The Big Band was then introduced which from the name itself, implies a very big orchestra and having three or more players to play one kind of musical instrument and having a band leader, who played a very important role. The swing type of jazz was then introduced and the Bebop jazz came in later.  The bebop jazz was often lengthy and was distinguished with its solos, which were chaotic but still had harmony with the note. Cool jazz then came into the scene which was characterized by playing tones that were easy for the ears and this led to the evolution of the modern jazz which is known to be soothing and relaxing. Latin and soul jazz was also then brought in and later  the fusion type of jazz arrived, which fused jazz and rock music.

  • Jazz is not blues and blues is not jazz but both are not apart and are similar

It has been established that the blues influenced jazz music and in the modern times' jazz later  influenced the blues. Both types of music have emerged from the southern part of America with the black community. At the same time, both music had also arisen from racial conflicts, slavery and hardships. In the present times, blues has been often identified with jazz due to its freebase, instrumental sound.

  • Sit back, relax and listen to jazz music.

Now that you have a background on jazz music and to be able to give you a deeper understanding of the jazz culture, listen to albums of jazz and the famous personalities of each sub genre. For example, in the cool jazz music you can listen to Miles Davis, who was noted and famous for this music or to Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk for bebop jazz or listen to albums of Herbie Hancock for jazz fusion. If you have the time and cash, listen to live in jazz music, which will give you more admiration and a feel of jazz music. This can also facilitate in relaxing your mood and will help enhance your senses.


Jazz music like any other music went through different transformations and has introduced different styles. One can have his own choice of jazz music and might or might not appreciate it, but knowing its roots can give you a deeper appreciation and recognize the distinction of jazz music apart from other musical genres. 

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