Cyndi Epplin with a History of Jazz in the Early Years
My name is Cyndi Epplin and I am a Speech Language Pathologist working with children who have speechdisorders. When I
’m not working with my patients, I enjoy listening to Jazz music. Jazz has an interesting history
that dates back to the 19
century. I thought you might enjoy knowing a little more about the wonderful music genre that is Jazz Music. This article written by Pankaj Chobharkar gives a great overview of an interesting pieceof musical history. I hope you enjoy the information as much as I did.
Jazz Music in the 1920's
The ascent in the popularity of Jazz music, in the 1920's, was remarkable. The main reason for the Jazzphenomenon was the introduction of the radio and phonograph to most of the American homes duringthe same period. Keep reading to know what other factors led to the phenomenal success of Jazz music.An article on Jazz music in the
will require a brief introduction to the other prominent events of the 1920's, that directly or indirectly lead to the flourishing of the 1920's Jazz music. Events like,technological advances in terms of the radio and phonograph, the prohibition of liquor, increase in thenumber of speakeasies and prominent changes in the music industry, contributed to the popularity of Jazz music in some or the other way.
Jazz Music: The Beginning
The beginnings of Jazz music can be traced back to the nineteenth century, when African-Americanmusicians started experimenting with European musical instruments in their own distinct style. Jazzoriginated in New Orleans in the 1900's and soon disseminated to Chicago, New York and Kansas City.The 1920's were the most glorious years for Jazz music. The decade also witnessed the rise of manyindependent (Indie) record companies. The Indie companies started recording Jazz groups which helpedJazz reach wider masses and led to the popularity of Jazz Music in the 1920's. The Jazz dance form wasalso developed during this period. The history of Jazz dance is quite similar to that of Jazz music. Jazzbands began to mushroom all around the United Nations and became very popular with the middle andupper class Americans, despite racism being prevalent during that period. There were skeptics, whoconsidered Jazz and the Jazz musicians to be some sort of a threat, because Jazz was very different fromeverything that they had heard till then. It reflected the drastic changes taking place in society, whereAfrican Americans were more powerful, women voted and people had surplus time to perform, listenand experiment with music.