Types of Jazz – Part 1

Do you love listening to that smooth, toe-tapping music we call jazz? Do you love to dance with your significant other to the sounds of Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, or Duke Ellington?

While its undoubtedly cool to use words like Swing, Bebop, or Bossa Nova when describing a jazz style, not very many people really know the difference between Hot Jazz, Classic Jazz, or Afro-Cuban Jazz.

Classic Jazz

More popularly called New Orleans jazz because of its origins, classic jazz originated in the late 1800s – early 1900s with brass bands performing for dances and parties using an assortment of musical instruments including the trombone, saxophone, tuba, clarinet, cornet, guitar, bass, drums and cornet. At the time, musical arrangements varied significantly from one performance to another.

Hot Jazz

Pioneered by Louis Armstrong, hot jazz was characterized by improvised solos that built up to an emotional and hot crescendo that was supported by bass, drums and guitar or banjo.

Chicago Style Jazz

If New Orleans was the birth place of jazz, Chicago was the breeding ground. Several young, dynamic players including Bud Freeman, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa and Eddie Condon significantly furthered jazz improvisations with a combination of high technical ability and harmonic, innovative arrangements.

In our next article, we will look at 4 more different types of jazz music. If that article is not up yet, check back in several days, as it may not have been posted yet.