Facts About Jazz Music

Jazz is a kind of music that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in New Orleans. Its characteristic features are improvisation and ensemble playing. It is a form of music that usually involves instruments such as the piano, saxophone, or trumpet. The term jazz music refers to both traditional and modernized styles of African American music. Many people think of jazz music as a form of art.

Jazz is often marked by swing rhythms and blues harmonies, and may be closely associated with blues and gospel music. It has roots in West African musical traditions, especially those of the Yoruba people.

Jazz was created in the early years of the 20th century by African-Americans, many of whom were immigrants or descendants of immigrants from West Africa and the West Indies. Its development was influenced by their cultures and by European musical traditions such as those brought by Spanish settlers and French, Italian, Scottish, Irish, Welsh and German immigrants.

Jazz began as dance music; its original purpose was to accompany social dancing. It later developed into a more complex musical form that could be played at dances, such as the tango or foxtrot. As it became more sophisticated, jazz allowed musicians to improvise new melodies over standard chord patterns at faster tempos.