Jazz is a music genre that originated in African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation.
Jazz was born in 1895 when Charles “Buddy” Bolden started his first band the ” Bolden Band”.
Throughout the 1920s, jazz music evolved into an integral part of the American popular culture. Jazz also had a heavy influence on the fashion world. It first emerged in the black cultures of New Orleans from the mixed influences of ragtime (songs with a syncopated rhythm), blues and the band music played at funerals in New Orleans. The term jazz or jass derives from a Creole word that means both African dance and copulation.
The instruments included in a Jazz rhythm sections can vary. A rhythm section consists of the percussion, the double bass or bass guitar, and usually at least one instrument capable of playings chords, such as a piano, guitar, Hammond organ or vibraphone.
As of today, the album “Kind Of Blue” by Miles Davis is the best selling jazz record of all time and was released 40 years ago and is still selling 5,000 copies per week. It is recognized throughout the world as a masterpiece.