Jazz music and interesting knowledge for beginners (Part 2)

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Ragtime (circa 1895 ~ 1918)

Ragtime is also a precursor to the contemporary jazz style, played primarily on the piano but sometimes performed by other instruments as well. Ragtime has a concise and concise presentation, creating a unique and unpredictable. The subsequent ragtime piano techniques greatly influenced the technique of playing the jazz piano.

You can search for works by Scott Joplin to enjoy the original ragtime piano style. The pieces to listen to are  Maple Leaf Rag  or  The Entertainer .

New Orleans Jazz (1900 ~ 1920)

New Orleans Jazz originated from the unfamiliar style of the newly emerging bands in New Orleans. Instruments such as the cornet (like a trumpet) are used frequently in the New Orleans Jazz. New Orleans Jazz was later influenced by ragtime (contemporary but more popular) and began to move to a similar style of play. The only difference is that sometimes they get a little extra blues.

New Orleans Jazz is performed with banjo, string bass, drums, piano and several other classical instruments. New Orleans bands are also small, and do not have any outstanding solo artists or works, so it is less known than other branches. The New Orleans Jazz became known only in America after the invention of the phonograph. Many New Orleans Jazz performers also later left New Orleans for Chicago during their Great Migration.

You can listen to Buddy Bolden, Joe “King” Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton or The Original Dixieland Jass Band for a taste of New Orleans Jazz. The most-listened works include  Dipper Mouth Blues  (Joe “King” Oliver),  King Porter Stomp  and  Wolverine Blues  (Jelly Roll Morton).

Chicago (circa 1920s)

Jazz bands in Chicago have a different style of play from New Orleans by replacing the banjo with a guitar, adding a saxophone, and moving the beat 4/4 to 2/4. Another innovation is the introduction of the solo part.

The elder of the Chicago Jazz is no stranger to Louis Armstrong. Readers can listen to his two highly-rated albums,  The Hot 5s  and  The Hot 7s .