In one word, describe how jazz music has influenced culture?
Jazz music has had an immense influence on modern music, from hip-hop to rock & roll. Jazz originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans and is characterized by improvisation, syncopated rhythms and swing. Jazz has been a major source of inspiration for many styles of contemporary music and art.
Influences of Jazz Music
Jazz Improvisation: The ability to spontaneously compose music on the spot by adding a personal flair to existing harmony and melody. Syncopation: A rhythmic device that gives a composition a subtle, off-beat feel. Big Band: A large group of jazz musicians that often includes brass and percussion instruments, as well as a rhythm section and a vocalist.
Jazz music was originally known as 'ragtime'. It was a combination of African rhythms, European harmonies, and American blues. Jazz music has been a large influence on Rock and Roll. Many Rock and Roll musicians cite Jazz as an influence on their sound. Jazz music has been used in many popular television shows, movies, and commercials. It has also been used as a motif in video games.
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Work together in pairs: What are the key influences of jazz music, and how have they shaped the development of modern music genres?
How did jazz music influence the civil rights movement in the United States?
Work together in pairs: What are some of the cultural and social influences on the development of jazz music?
Brain break: Draw a fish driving a car in the desert.
Which of the following music genres did not influence jazz?
Who was known as the 'King of Swing' and a major influence on jazz music?
- Benny Goodman
- Charlie Parker
- Duke Ellington
- Louis Armstrong
What is scat singing in jazz?
- A type of dance to swing music
- A form of improvisation on the trumpet
- A vocal technique that imitates instruments with nonsense syllables
Which city is credited as being the birthplace of jazz?
- Los Angeles
- New Orleans
What is syncopation in jazz?
- Emphasis on off-beats or weaker beats in a measure
- Emphasis on strong beats only
- Playing at a slow tempo