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Some Jazz History
Jazz is a musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States, born out of a mix of African and European music traditions. Its west African pedigree is evident in its use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation and swing.
As the music developed and spread around the world it has drawn on many different national, regional and local music cultures giving rise, since its early beginnings, to many distinctive styles:
New Orleans jazz dating from the early 1910s. Big band swing, Kansas City jazz and Gypsy jazz from the 1930s and 1940s, bebop from the mid-1940s and on down through West Coast jazz, cool jazz, avante-garde jazz, modal jazz, free jazz, Latin jazz in various forms, soul jazz, jazzfusuion and jazz rock, smooth jazz, jazz-funk, punk jazz, acid jazz, ethno jazz, jazz rap, cyber jazz, Indo jazz, M-base, nu jazz, urban jazz and others.
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