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Ragtime And The Life Elements Of Early Jazz

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With ragtime springing up in New York and blues rising from the deep South, in New Orleans, early jazz was inevitably coming together (Szepesi). As Schuller puts it in his book Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development, “It seems in retrospect almost inevitable that America, the great ethnic melting pot, would procreate a music compounded of African rhythmic, formal, sonoric, and expressive elements and European rhythmic and harmonic practices” (Schuller 3). The mixture of the syncopated rhythms of ragtime and the life elements of blues was finally beginning to coalesce into what is known as jazz today. Ragtime brought improvisation and syncopation to jazz, musically stylistic elements that characterize the genre. On the other hand,
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