Jazz Music is defined as music that features improvised rhythmic beats and lyrics. This music was originally created by African-Americans living in New Orleans during the late 1800’s. What style of jazz music most influenced the beat poets? Their style of playing was known as “shaking the pan,” which meant that they would get up and dance for hours non-stop in an attempt to impress their audience. The musicians were called “jazz musicians.” Most importantly, they played before a large gathering where their charming rhythm and musical genius could be appreciated by all.
Many consider jazz music to be one of the first truly urban forms of music. Some claim it was a response to the staid, classical music of the day. Others say it was a break from the monotony of popular music. Still others say it was influenced by the blues. No matter what your opinions may be, one thing is indisputable: Any jazz musician from the past century can be considered a blues fan.
Blues-ology maintains that the origin of the music was the result of a metallically-inclined environment which was very similar to the 18th-century mining region located near New Orleans. During those days, gold was king, and everyone had to work. The environment was very conducive to this style of music-noise, steel paneling, heavy labor-because there were no tone controls, amplifiers, or compressors. And yet, amazingly, despite the heavy pounding bass of the early rock and roll, it was very pleasing to the ears.
Did the rock and roll of the early times sound similar to what is heard today? No, not at all. It’s generally agreed that early music was ahead of its time-there was never any attempt to make it “cool,” as hip hop and rap are today. Most beat poets of the time felt that music was a natural expression of life in America.
Jazz musicians, in addition to their natural rhythm and tone, use their voice to make music. Interestingly, most beat poets do not recognize the importance of the voice in music-not only in making great music but in delivering their poetry effectively. In most cases, the listener perceives the words in the music, not the singer. How so? Well, you can put any piece of music on a large stereo system, and it will sound great, but the voice is what really adds to the feeling of “intuition.” Therefore, many beat poets do not even try to use a recording device to produce their poetry.
One more question: What style of music has been most popular in the black community as well? What is most often played at funerals as well as in blues music? It would be tough to say Blues or Jazz-at least not with the general public. Why?
Most people associate the music of Emile for example, with the blues. They are so much alike, in fact, that many people confuse the two. However, they are very different as well.
Therefore, the question remains: What style of jazz music most influenced the beat poets? We may never know, because the genre continues to change. We are all simply waiting for the next new classic artist to come along and make the music heard on the radio, on TV, in clubs, and across the Internet. So, go out there and explore this exciting musical genre, because if you do, you just might find something you like!
What style of Jazz is best suited for a particular song? Well, let’s go over the history of Jazz for a minute. It started sometime in the late 19th century, when African-American slaves were liberated from slavery. Many of these slaves began to play an instrument called the “shakuhan.” This was an early form of Jazz but did take shape somewhat later in white America.
First, the free-jazz musicians had a great sense of musical beats and were able to write their own music. The early recorded music was considered poor in quality, but it helped the artists communicate their message to the black community, much the same as rock and roll did to white Americans. This music was what was known then as “ragtime.” It was later changed to “jazz” music.
Jazz music and beat poetry can coexist peacefully. There are many styles of music that have influenced music today. And, most importantly, despite what style of music is played, these beat poets continue to speak to each other across time. Music will always be a collaborative art form.
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