Jazz has been a style of music for about a century. It is one of the only types of music that has changed with the times. It has created so many subgenres with itself, like Funk Rock, Swing, Bebop and many others. Many schools even have a Jazz band for the students. That is just one-way how Jazz music effects music today. There are also many other ways that Jazz has affected music today, like without it, African-Americans would not have the same rights as whites, because Jazz was one of the things that helped with the Harlem Renaissance, and the Harlem Renaissance is what started the pathway to civil rights for African-Americans. With so many different styles and artists, Jazz has survived to today, since the early twentieth century, and has become a popular style of music.
Jazz first started in the early twentieth century, during that time, live music was still the main for of entertainment. Historians believe that the birthplace of Jazz music win in New Orleans, Louisiana. It started in New Orleans because there was all kinds of music there. The music that was especially prominent there was Ragtime, from Missouri, and The Blues, from Mississippi (Tyle, np).
Just before World War I, the Creole band toured around the country as part of a vaudeville company. This introduced Jazz to many parts of the country. Even though, the Creole band was one of the first Jazz bands to make a record, it wasn’t until 1917, when the original Dixieland Jazz band would lay down the first example of New Orleans style Jazz. Another musician is Louis Armstrong, and he was one of the best Jazz musicians of his time. He preferred doing improvisation, and he had some of the best improvisations that there ever was (“History of Jazz”, np).
The 1920s were known as the Jazz Age (as well as the Golden Age and the Roaring Twenties), because that is when Jazz music started to become popular. It was the music that the younger generation liked and listened to, trying to set themselves apart from the older generation (“The Jazz Age”, np).
Jazz migrated from New Orleans to Chicago, New York, and Kansas City in the 1920s. It was the sound track to the changes that were going on in Americas at the time. Reporters attacked Jazz music as morally wrong and linked to alcohol. During the 1920s, the style of jazz music changed to being performed by a large ensemble. The ensembles began to be known as Big Bands. The entire band usually played the melody. Then, the soloist would follow the Armstrong model (improvisation based on the melody ad chord structure of the piece of music). Then the melody would join back in, sometimes in varied sections (Vook, pg. 16-19). Another change...