The Jazz Age : The Roaring 20 ' S

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The Jazz Age: The Roaring 20’s During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, jazz was the turning point or revolution and evolution within social stratification and the ideals of accepted normalities, bringing about a change within society and allowing African Americans to be commonplace among higher social classes and to exceed society’s standards. Ragtime, a more formally structured style of music, birthed jazz into this new era. Ragtime is more musically composed than jazz and most often found to be more upbeat and springy. Jazz is based on the art of improvisation and is rarely found written down. The term jazz originated from the word “jass”, which was used to describe promiscuous acts, but later took on the harsher ending sounds of the “zz” and changed its’ meaning. (“Gold Coast Jazz Society” 2/3) African Americans migrated from the rural South to the urban North during the 1890s in search for jobs and in escape of discrimination. The formative years of jazz were estimated to be about from 1895 to 1917. During these years, the origins of jazz were allusive as there were no written documentations of the music. Scott Joplin published his first two rags in 1895 and began the exploration of ragtime in New York. Jazz formed from loose variations of ragtime. The term “jazz” isn’t introduced to the English language as a proper word until 1917. Recordings of Jazz did not begin until 1917; however, the early crude forms of recording equipment altered the true sounds of the
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