Jazz Essay Topics

The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties implies the phase that is used to describe the North America in the 1920s regarding its social, artistic and cultural dynamism, that turned to politics in the wake for the World war I (Sammis, 43). The phase is characterized by the several innovations and discoveries during the time, and the industrial growth…. View Article

Readings in Jazz History

Jazz, the music which was born and blossomed in New Orleans at the turn of the twentieth century, later traveled all over the country acquiring new features and forms. The New Orleans jazz style included polyphonic music in which different musical instruments simultaneously play different variations on a particular piece of music and which includes… View Article

The Jazz Age

The Jazz Age or the “Roaring Twenties” is a period just right after World War I between the 1920s to the 1930s which is known for the emergence of Flappers, Charleston, and Jazz. Flappers represent a new breed of women who are “saucy, outspoken bombshells with short skirts, shorter hair and plenty of ‘It’ (sex… View Article

Classical Music and Jazz Music

Music has always been an important element for the humanity. Exist many different kinds of music. For purpose of this paper I’m going to compare classical music with jazz music. This two types of music belong to the category of complex art music. A comparison of classical and jazz music yield some similarities and different… View Article

Tap dance

?Jazz dancing involves movements that are specially choreographed to West-African music compositions. The movements are termed as jazz, which is basically an umbrella term, and set to ‘blues’ notes, polyrhythms, improvisations, the ‘swung’ note, and syncopation. The Jazz form of dancing actually relates to several dance styles that are related, such as ballet, tap, and… View Article

Bebop Research Paper

Bebop music was the next evolutionary change of Jazz music that succeeded swing music. This paper’s aim is look at musicians who impacted this era, exploring more in depth Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. In the early 1940’s, the swing bands began to all sound the same as well as work along predictable chord changes.1… View Article

The Cotton Club

No matter what happens, music is going to be popular around the world. Its beats are drilled into us like a file is programmed into a computer. In the 1930’s, Jazz and blues were in the prime of its fame, and the growth of the black society in music was increasing rapidly. People like Billie… View Article

Roaring Twenties and Jazz Age

The Roaring Twenties was an exciting time for America and was also known as the Golden Twenties. The reason for this is because many new things were happening and one of them was known as the Jazz Age. Although the Great Depression was a bad time in America for most people, the Jazz Age provided… View Article

Duke Ellington

One of the greatest jazz bandleaders, arrangers, recording artist, and composers of all time is none other than Duke Ellington. Born on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C., Ellington was destined for musical talent. His family was musically talented; both of his parents could play piano even though neither could read music. Ellington did not… View Article

Art Tatum

From the time Tatum was born on Oct. 13, 1909 in Toledo, Ohio, he was destined for revolutionizing jazz. He was born with a blind eye and the other partially blind, but his ears were his way of seeing the world. He could sit down and play the same music meant for four hands. He… View Article

African American Dance

After viewing the video “Dance on the Wind: Memoirs of a Mississippi Shaman” what is your opinion of the connection that Mr. Washington makes between African dance and African American Dance? Do you agree or disagree? Please be specific as to why and use examples. If you agree give an example of a popular African… View Article

African American Dance

Assignment: After viewing the video “Dance on the Wind: Memoirs of a Mississippi Shaman” what is your opinion of the connection that Mr. Washington makes between African dance and African American Dance? Do you agree or disagree? Please be specific as to why and use examples. If you agree give an example of a popular… View Article

The Effects of Jazz and Classical Music on Musicians

A thesis presented on the history of jazz as compared to classical music and the effects on musicians, beginning with the birth of jazz, and covering the twentieth century. Berliner (1994) impresses upon the idea that jazz music is more important to a musician’s development and an individual’s mental health than classical music. It is… View Article

Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman was a great jazz clarinet player and the leader of one of the most popular big bands of the Swing Era (1935–1945). In fact, Time magazine dubbed him “the King of Swing.” Benjamin David Goodman was born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 30, 1909, into a large, poor Jewish family. His parents, who… View Article

History of the Trumpet

Trumpets are one of the oldest instruments. In ancient times, people used animal horns or shells like a trumpet. It was first used for signaling in ancient China (2000 BC), Egypt (1500 BC), and Scandinavia (1000 BC). It was long and had no valves. In Roman times, the trumpet was played at military and civilian… View Article