Jazz Music Of The Time

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Music such as jazz was commonly used mediums where African American musicians sought fame and fortune. Many influential artists took to the stage in clubs such as the Cotton club. Notorious gangster Owney Madden took over as the owner, where he used the club’s popularity as a platform to sell his alcohol in the face of prohibition. It came to be known as a hub for alcohol, drugs, marijuana, and interracial sex. Despite being a white-only establishment, this Harlem nightclub lent itself to some of the greatest African American performers of all time. It was the first time in history in which white and black people had interacted in a non hostile environment. Jazz became the “in” music of the time. The new genre looked at an instrument as a…show more content…
This song painted a grotesque scene of the lynchings in the south. Despite the controversy of her music, it got the word out that there was such a separation between white and black people and this trench that had been dug between them could lend itself only to violence. Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) may be one of the most iconic jazz musicians, who climbed his way from the age of eleven to taking over one of the most popular bands in New Orleans, the heart of jazz music. As a child, he was arrested for firing a gun and was nearly immediately taken to a correctional facility where he fell in love with music. As a student of Joe “King” Oliver, he soon overtook him in Kid Ory’s Band, one of the most successful jazz bands in the area. He popularized the skill of scat, or improvisations, over top of some never-before-seen rhythmic stylings. Cab Calloway dazzled audiences with his vast range and mastery of scat. “The Hi De Ho Man”, as he soon became known, was often seen as a charismatic man with a love for his craft. Unlike the other two musicians, Calloway grew up comfortably in a middle class household where his parents actively supported his skills through private lessons. His breakout solo, “Minnie the Moocher” still reigns as one of the most iconic jazz pieces in history. For those that had the great fortune of seeing him perform live, it was clear that he had mastered the jazz stylings of call and response and scat; no two of his performances were
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