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Throughout this paper I will take you through some of the different styles and eras of jazz Such styles as be-bop cool jazz dixeland swing and fusion emerged define jazz music Along with these different styles there were important eras that molded jazz music such eras as the golden ages and the swing eraJazz is a kind of music that has often been called the only art form to originate in the United States The history of jazz began in the late 1800s The music grew from a combination of influences including black American music African rhythms Americans band tradition and instruments and European harmonies and forms Much of the best jazz is still written and performed in the United States But musicians from many other countries are making major contributions to jazz Jazz was actually widely appreciated as an important art in Europe before it gained such recognition in the United States What differentiated jazz from these earlier styles was the widespread use of improvisation often by more than one player at a time Jazz represented a break from western musical traditions where the composer wrote a piece of music on paper and the musician then tried their best to play exactly what was on the score In a Jazz piece the song is often just a starting point for the musicians to improvise around Few of the early jazz musicians knew how to read written music although the majority of the musicians did not African Americans and Creole musicians in New Orleans played the first jazz music Charles Buddy Bolden is considered to be the first real jazz musician His band The Bolden Band started playing around 1895 in New Orleans parades and dances they eventually became one of the most popular bands in the city In 1907 he became very ill and was committed into a mental hospital where he spent the rest of his life Frankie Dusen the trombonist of the
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