Where did the Family of Jazz Originate?
- How important was the music of the first English colonies?
- Where did the music of the frontier come from?
- When did the Irish Jig meet the African banjo?
- When did commercial Popular Music arrive ?
- Are Country Music and the Blues brothers under the skin?
- When did Afro-Latin Music enter the family ?
- What was the influence of Brass band Music?
- Were Jazz and Ragtime cousins?
- Who was swinging in the Holy Roller Church?
These and many other questions are explored in
The Ancestry Of Jazz: A Musical Family History
What is it about?
In 1917 the Original Dixieland Jazz Band made the first jazz recordings. They also announced that they had invented this new music. However since the appearance of Buddy Bolden’s band in 1897 jazz had regularly been performed in New Orleans dance halls. But did it just appear at that time? Jazz historians have sometimes suggested that it sprang from the memories of wild slave dancing performances in the celebrated Place Congo in Downtown New Orleans. Others have claimed that it was invented by Creole Musicians, and still others that it was invented by white bands of street musicians.
In The Ancestry of Jazz: A Musical Family History Daniel Hardie traces the genealogy of New Orleans jazz. Exploring the musical families introduced to the first English, French and Spanish colonies, and their descendants, the author reveals the connections between them, and the musical sources from which the musical characteristics of Early Jazz were derived. This analysis also explores how the family of jazz and its many relatives influenced the course of American Popular Music for much of the twentieth century
1. Genealogy and Jazz History
2. American Popular Music : The Parent Stock
3. The Scotch-Irish Legacy
4. The Slave Heritage
5. Ante Bellum Sacred Music
6. Emerging Popular Music 1800/1865
7. The Brass Bands
8. The Afro-Latin Strain
9. Popular Music after the Civil War
10. The Folk Underground
12. The Origin of the Blues
13. Music in New Orleans Before the Birth of
14. The Birth of New Orleans Jazz
15. Meet the Ancestors
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