Jazz is a musical style that was born in the USA in the New Orleans region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
With its roots in African-American culture, jazz has a non-linear rhythm, and its main characteristic is improvisation. As the years went by, many sub-genres emerged from this same root.
It is also important to highlight the great relationship between jazz and blues music styles.
Origin of Jazz
The emergence of jazz has its main matrix in African culture. People who were captured in Africa and taken to American soil to be enslaved had in music and song a kind of “refuge” in which they could express themselves.
Thus, while working on the rice, cotton, sugar, and tobacco plantations, the workers would sing collective songs.
After the abolition of slavery in the country in 1863, blacks approached western instruments and a mix of cultures, melodies and rhythms took place.
Later, around 1890, with the growth of the cities, this effervescent sound takes shape in New Orleans, Louisiana, more precisely in the Storyville neighborhood, in bars called Honky Tonks.