This And That About The Origins Of Jazz

This And That About The Origins Of Jazz

This And That About The Origins Of Jazz

There are many music options available to people today. They can listen to country, rock, rap, jazz, and more. A lot of folks are unaware of the origins of the sounds though. Plus, there is always plenty of debate as to where each genre came from. So, ((blog, city)) residents should stay put and read further to learn about some of the mystery surrounding the history of jazz. 

Who Invented Jazz?

Many people, even those in ((blog, city)), say Elvis Presley invented rock n' roll, while others argue that the achievement belongs to Chuck Berry. Meanwhile, some persons believe that Grand Master Flash created hip hop, but other society members think the accomplishment is DJ Kool Herc's and his alone. In other words, there are lots of discrepancies when it comes to these matters.

The answer to the question of who invented jazz is not always cut and dry. For instance, the Original Dixieland Jass Band's cornet player and composer, Nick La Rocca, claims that he is personally responsible for the music. However, Buddy Bolden and the Creole artist Morton have claimed that the honor is theirs as well. One thing is for sure, which is that the Creole artist Morton was the first individual to write out jazz as sheet music. 

The First Jazz Recording

On February 26, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded Livery Stable Blues. It was more of a novelty song as the clarinet imitated the sound of a rooster, the trombone a cow, and the cornet a horse. The event may not have been as big as let's say Ed Sullivan hosting The Beatles, but still, it was a significant moment for jazz history. In fact, the single wound up selling over one million copies. While this achievement may not sound like a big deal now, it was monumental at the time as many consumers still preferred to purchase sheet music over recordings. 

Now, On To The Darker Side Of The Song

All the members of the Original Dixieland Jass Band were Caucasian. They were known for wearing white collared shirts buttoned all the way up, no ties, and black jackets with shiny lapels. It was felt that the group borrowed sounds from African-American musicians in New Orleans. Hence, a lawsuit was born. The judge decided that the song was in bad taste. This official also determined that Livery Stable Blues was composed by musicians that could neither read nor write sheet music. Thus, a ruling was made that the song become placed in "public domain" with no writer accredited. 

The Most Popular Music 

Jazz, was by far, the most listened to kind of music in the U.S. from 1840 to 1920. However, it came under fire much in the same way that other popular genres have received scrutiny over the years. For example, in the 1910s and 1920s, the New York Post printed loads of articles discrediting jazz. They insisted that the music originated in brothels and deemed it unfit for society. These attacks didn't stop the music from flourishing though as it is still alive and going strong today.