About Us and Why We Believe in Jazz
Why we Believe in Jazz?
This is the place for Jazz now and all the time. I have been a Jazz performer myself for a number of years, and since I have left the touring business myself I have stretched out my ambition to write and document the best Jazz in the world, especially the new sounds reaching out from South Africa.
Jazz is said to have begun in the United States but the roots of the music are laid down thick in both Africa and Europe.
It was just in the United States that these two cultures came together to create something new. The fundamental elements of Jazz that were borrowed from West Africa are the heavy emphasis on rhythm, the use of syncopation and other complicated rhythmic figures. Employing certain call and response patterns, vocal techniques and heavy improvisation were all heavy influences from West African musicians.
These were soon added to European musical features such as incorporated musical forms, harmonic structure, scale, and applied to specific European styled instruments such as the piano.
So this was the foundation of two elements coming together but exactly how did Jazz emerge onto the main stage? Well, the first main stage for Jazz was located in New Orleans. Louisiana was the state that exemplified the blending of the musical styles more than anywhere else.
One of the very first Jazz prototypes to hit the scene was the Buddy Bolden band in 1895. The music was not quite Jazz yet but it was definitely in the process of developing into it. It wasn’t until 1917 that the first Jazz recording was made and the Jazz Era truly began.
And it has been going strong ever since, this is the history that has not quit and we are still very much enriched to be a part of this experience we call Jazz and that is why we have made this home page to celebrate this astonishing history. It is something that both invigorates and makes us proud. Jazz takes a little bit from everything and it’s history is something that we can all believe in.
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