Some musicians believe that jazz would not have begun if slavery had not been practiced in the U.S. What do you think? How did this practice impact the music world?
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If it were not for slavery, I believe that there still would have been some type of events that would have inspired Jazz. I believe that the different genres of music are impacted by many events of a particular time period and by many cultural factors relating to a particular group.
As far as slavery and it's impact on the music world I would have to say it stretches from the hymns of the black southerners into the world of blues and jazz. There is no way to say for certain whether jazz would have come to be without slavery but it is safe to say it has had a great influence on jazz.
That jazz would not have begun if there had been no blacks in America is an opinion that rings of Miles Davis who claimed that no white could truly play jazz. There is no one like Louis Armstrong, whose rhythmic sense and improvisation and amazing range are incomparable, and whose innovations paved the way for swing and other musical movements is true. And, there are few like Duke Ellington. Perhaps, the emotive quality of jazz appealed to those who were disenfranchised, such as the blacks. Still, it later stirred many, many caucasians. Great trumpeters of European descent are Al Hirt and Maynard Ferguson, and Chris Botti; Chuck Magione plays the fuglehorn. Of course, Kenny G is another great jazz musician.
During the early days of jazz, Louis Armstrong who came from an orphanage in New Orleans found expression in the coronet and trumpet. In fact, he transformed the trumpet as he improvised street music from his city. Another transformer of jazz was Thelonius Monk, a great improvisor. An admirer of Monk and composer of his own rank, Anthony Davis incorporated African and Southeaster Asian musical rhythms into his compositions. One African-American made the statement, "As long as people have feet, there will be jazz."
The musical instruments of jazz were created by Europeans, with the saxophone coming from the Belgian, Adolphe Sax, and the piano from Italy. The trombone comes from the Flemish in the mid-fifteenth century.
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