Very briefly about how jazz and blues developed

Jazz and blues are some of the most popular musical genres. In this article we decided to share a short history of the origins of these two musical movements.

A Brief History of the Development of Jazz and Blues

Jazz - a musical movement that arose, like the blues, as a result of a synthesis of African and European cultures. The roots of jazz lie in AfricaThe music of the African folk music was a very special rhythm. It was characterized by a special rhythm and was associated with religious rituals. African rituals often accompanied by collective dancing to certain rhythms.

Popular jazz musician Duke Ellington
Popular jazz musician Duke Ellington

When Europeans began to transport slaves to the American continent, gradually the number of Africans living in European culture grew larger and larger. This set the stage for the beginning of the merger European and African cultures.

After abolition of slavery In America, former slaves became full members of European society. They gained access to education. This gave a new impetus to the fusion of European and African cultures, resulting in a world of music at the end of the nineteenth century blues and jazz begin to take shape.

The development of blues and jazz in Europe

There is a reason why blues and jazz have a lot of room for improvisation. In fact, the whole beauty of the melody, the whole meaning of it, lies in this feature. In classical European music, for example, there is not much room for improvisation, but in jazz it is the opposite. It comes at the expense of the structure of the melody.

Jazzman Archie Shepp
Jazzman Archie Shepp

African folk music was largely based on polyrhythmiaThe music is based on cross-rhythmics, on rhythmic polyphony, while the harmony and melody of the Africans are poorly developed, which together give the musician a great opportunity to move easily away from the main theme, to dive into the improvisationand give free rein to his talent, and then return to the main theme. In this way, European culture contributed harmony and melody in African music, added characters and tones, and picked up new means of of expression.

Further development of musical styles

Jazz and blues constantly evolving. By the nature of the melody, you can tell approximately what period of time a particular composition belongs to.
TO Twentieth or Thirtieth years can be attributed to the term Swing. Swing is an expressive means in jazz based on pulsation and constant deviations from the rhythm, which created a feeling of a large accumulation of energy that was about to explode and splash out on the listener.

TO Fortieth years refers to the style of bop. Bebop opened the era of modern jazz.
The main characteristic features are fast tempo, complex improvisations with changes in harmony. Bebop is mostly performed in small ensembles.
However, still, in the period from the twenties to the forties the fashion was more for large and loud jazz orchestras, big bands. Such orchestras worked out their scores well and played already memorized improvisations at concerts, also showcasing their improvisational soloists.

Gradually, large orchestras began to squeeze small jazz ensembles. Their concerts were often even spontaneous, and the improvisations were more varied than the memorized parts of the big bands, which also attracted the audience.

It was in this environment that the style was born. mainstream. Musicians from various large orchestras also joined in small groups to feel freedom and really give themselves to the spirit of improvisation, to express their soul and convey their emotions to the audience, instead of just reading from the sheet of memorized and boring parts.

Since the big orchestras were mostly played by real professionals and masters of their craft, their improvisations were really great, even though bebop dominated and the orchestra members played mostly swing style, their improvisations were no less successful.


"Enough Tears," or Ozzy Osbourne's "first farewell" album

A timeless classic: "No More Tears" by Ozzy Osbourne For dedicated fans, Ozzy Osbourne's albums are all awesome! But for the wider global audience, who are not...

Mariah Carey: surprising facts about the beloved beauty

Mariah Carey - What You Didn't Know About Your Favorite Singer Mariah Carey is one of the most enchanting singers of our time, who has won the hearts of listeners not...

Amazing Facts about Roger Taylor

What you didn't know about Roger Taylor - surprising facts about the Queen drummer Roger Taylor is a "percussion legend" of Queen, the drummer who went on to become forever...

Related Articles

Best Rock Albums of 1984 by Fuzz Music magazine

Rock classics of the 20th century, encapsulated in the best albums of 1984 Today we decided to dive into a truly magical period, the year 1984, which was the year that...

What you didn't know about John Deacon, the quietest member of the most spectacular band of the 20th century

Interesting facts about the life of John Deacon, the bass legend of Queen John Deacon is the bass legend of Queen, one of the most (if not the most) spectacular and unique bands in history...

The Man Who Was Present at the "Birth" of Rock and Roll - Remembering Scotty Moore

Do you remember Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's guitarist Before there was Jagger and Richards, Plante and Page, there was Elvis Presley and Scotty Moore. And if.

The magic of Queen on stage

Queen: Remembering the iconic band's epic performances Freddie once said: "Either there's magic or there isn't. That's the secret!". The Queen legend was definitely full of magic!

Top 5 hard rock albums that rewrote music history

These hard rock records rewrote music history - what's it about Let's take a little trip back in time: America, it's the early '70s. The legendarily famous and loud "Summer...

Top songs by Judas Priest, the dinosaurs of heavy metal

Remembering the best Judas Priest songs and their gorgeous music videos Judas Priest burst onto the rock and roll scene in 1974 with their debut album, Rocka...

Best Rock Albums of 1971 by Fuzz Music Magazine

20th century rock classics encapsulated in the best albums of 1971 The early 1970s is a very fascinating time, full of many events! But both intoxicating and tragic...

"I'm the Best Bassist in the World": Remembering Jaco Pastorius, one of the most legendary bassists in history

Jaco Pastorius - the story of his ascent, his "conquest of the world with the bass" and his tragic finale Jaco Pastorius is a bright, brilliant and very brazen bassist who became a legend. His name is...

They have no equal - let's remember the legendary jazz performers that millions of people have tried to imitate

Remembering the best jazz artists of all time Many describe jazz music as rhythmic, emotional, free and fluid. This legendarily famous and for many decades now...