Evolution Of Jazz And Blues. The Music Styles Of Jazz And

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Evolution of Jazz and Blues The music styles of Jazz and Blues are both considered to be great American musical art forms (Covach, 2015). These styles are also two very important “roots” of music and have evolved from the late 19th century and early 20th century to lead to the development of Rock and Roll. Jazz and Blues both originated from African-American communities when slaves were brought over to North America from Africa (Schuller, 1986). As time passed and the culture of America was constantly changing, so was the music of that time period. The country was starting to recover from slavery and many Caucasians and African Americans were beginning to emerge in the music scene together. From the Blues era, we get artists like B.B.…show more content…
The Classic Blues were established by female vocalists like Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith, and Bessie Smith (Ferris, 2009). The Urban Blues were basically the Delta Blues but enhanced with electric guitars (Covach, 2015). This form of Blues helped to spark the Great Northern Migration. This migration resulted in many African-American musicians moving north to escape slavery and find better jobs (Covach, 2015). A few of the artists that we get in the Blues genre are B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Bo Diddley (Ferris, 2009). These artists began producing music that followed the twelve bar form and mimicked the call-and-response style of old field hollers (Covach, 2015). The Blues paved the way for the up-and-coming form of the Jazz genre called Rhythm & Blues and eventually it will lead to the creation of Rock & Roll. The Blues had an influence on many of the bands and artists in the Rock & Roll era. One of the most famous being The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones are a British band that rose to fame during the British Invasion in the United States (Covach, 2015). They have referenced The Blues as being a huge influence if their music. The music genre of Jazz is the other great, American, musical, art form. The genre also originated from African-American communities in the South (Covach, 2015). One of the most famous places in the south that Jazz style was performed at was
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