Jazz music


  • The Beginning

    The Beginning
    In New Orleans in this period, distinct musical trends began to develop, fusing elements of West African musical traditions with European harmonic structures.
  • Growth

    In 1917 the cultural hub known as Storyville was closed, which coincided with The Great Migration, in which more than a million African Americans travelled from rural communities in the South to major cities between 1910 and 1930.
  • Major breakthrough

    Major breakthrough
    The period between 1935 and 1946, generally referred to as the “Swing Era”, saw small, soloist-plus-ensemble bands of Armstrong and others (now called “combos”), largely give way to big bands, consisting of about 18 music.
  • Innovation

    As electronic instruments and funk gained in popularity, jazz musicians quickly jumped on new trends and innovations, starting in 1968 with Miles Davis’ Filles de Kilamanjaro.
  • Decline

    As jazz moved through the 70s and 80s various elements of pop music seeped in, with just as many jazz elements seeping out – see David Bowie’s Young Americans (1975), for example.
  • The Resurgence

    The Resurgence
    Nu jazz, also known as jazztronica, is a genre of jazz and electronic music. The music blends jazz elements with other musical styles, such as funk, electronic music, and free improvisation.