The Events That Defined Jazz: 1890-1965

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  • Buddy Bolden Invents Jazz

    Buddy Bolden Invents Jazz
    Buddy Bolden is referred to as the originator of Jazz. He started playing the cornet semi-professionally in 1895 in New Orleans and he helped create that vibrant and legendary New Orleans music scene that was the hotbed of music and the early proving grounds of Jazz.
  • The Orginal Dixieland Jass Band Records The First Jazz Record - "Livery Stable Blues"

    The Orginal Dixieland Jass Band Records The First Jazz Record - "Livery Stable Blues"
    The Original Dixieland Jass Band Records the first jazz record - "Livery Stable Blues." Jazz as a genre becomes an instant hit and sweeps through America. Made by Alonso Garcia, Mendocino College
  • Duke Ellington Forms His Orchestra

    Duke Ellington Forms His Orchestra
    In 1924, Duke Ellington became the bandleader of "The Washingtonians," a struggling orchestra of Jazz musicians. However, with Ellington at the helm, the orchestra became increasingly popular and received national fame through radio and the many concerts that they played. "Duke Ellington's Orchestra" as it later became known as, was a powerful force that grew the popularity of Jazz immensely.
  • Louis Armstrong Records "Ain't Misbehavin'"

    Louis Armstrong Records "Ain't Misbehavin'"
    In 1922, the famous King Oliver invited a young Louis Armstrong to lay in his band in Chicago. Under the tutelage of Oliver, Louis Armstrong became a fast rising star in Jazz and by 1929, he was one of the biggest names in Jazz. In late 1929, Louis Armstrong recorded his interpretation of the song "Ain't Misbehavin,'" introducing the use of a popular song as the basis for a Jazz work.
  • Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker Pioneer Bebop

    Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker Pioneer Bebop
    While on tour in 1940, Dizzy Gillespie met Charlie Parker, and together, they would create the sound that would become known as Bebop. A faster paced jazz with Parker and Gillespie playing their trumpets in unison at some parts, dazzling listeners and their contemporaries alike.
  • Miles Davis Records His Album "Kind of Blue"

    Miles Davis Records His Album "Kind of Blue"
    In 1959, the well established Jazz musician Miles Davis releaased Kind of Blue. After that, he became a titan in the Jazz music scene. KInd of Blue went on to become the best selling Jazz album of all time by far and Kind of Blue is considered one of the best works in Jazz. The "Cool" style of Jazz in Kind of Blue was an innovation, solidifying Davis' reputation as a pioneer.
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    The Defining Events in Jazz From 1890 through 1965