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The History Of Jazz

The first jazz was played in the early 20th century. The work chants and folk music of black Americans are among the sources of jazz, which reflects the rhythms and expressions of West African song. Ragtime, an Afro-American music that first appeared in the 1890s, was composed for the pia ....

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.... band. The third major jazz center was New York City, and it became the most important. In New York, pianists such as James P. Johnson created the piano style by transforming rags and Southern black folk dances into jazz. Jazz was first played in the ballrooms and theaters of New York. Louis Armstrong was among the jazz musicians who accompanied Ma Rainey and the rich-voiced Bessie Smith, the classic blues singers of the 1920s. When Armstrong began singing, too, he scattered songs by improvising his own phrases and nonsense syllables. Billie Holiday was only a teenager when she b ....

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