Movement Through Jazz

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View into civil right movement through Jazz
Jazz, used by artists as a means of expressing their emotions and feelings, has had a lasting impact on the United States. Many look at Jazz as a simple art form, however, few know its roots as means of bringing blacks into mainstream American music. Also, few know that Jazz brought together multiple American music forms together into a global phenomenon. Marching bands, church music, religious hymns, and underground civil right music were all integrated into this genre and presented to the world as the true American music form. Jazz also become a symbol of resistance and way of expressing against racism. Jazz artists like Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong were only a few African Americans who broke
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Artists like Benny Goodman, a white Jazz artist, were probably the first one to bring in black musicians into their band. Dr Martin Luther King called Jazz "America's triumphant music," “ no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Opening Address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival).. Artists like Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong helped Jazz find a rightful place in the US history due to his efforts of promoting it worldwide. Civil rights movement created platform for many black artists in their early life to express solidarity with their people, and use this…show more content…
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