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Jazz – Art or Entertainment? What is art? What is entertainment? Things to consider when making a decision. Definition: Entertainment - something that amuses, pleases, or diverts. Art - the conscious production of human creativity; sounds, colors, forms,  movements, or other elements found in a manner that affects the senses. Longevity – How long will it last? What is the reason it was created? Comparison of Jazz to Classical Elements Classical Jazz Sound Standard Personal Pitch Fixed Flexible Modes Major/minor Blues Social Concert Hall Night Clubs From Europe  -- musical form and harmony From Africa  -- rhythm and improvisation In conclusion European Tradition  - The player is an instrument through which somebody else’s  music passes.  Jazz  - The player expresses his/her own music. More room for individual expression.  Little or no  ROOTS Jazz is neither exclusively European nor African.  It is an American art form.  It is mainly the creation of  African-Americans whose roots and beginnings were in Africa.  African Music Characteristics Group oriented instead of private.  The African has a ritual for everything.  Music helps to affirm the bond with the group.  It acts as a social glue.   Music in Africa plays a role similar to the role that speech plays in our culture -- communication.  The pitch  of a word or syllable contributes to its meaning. African music is mainly vocal music.   African instrumental music is mainly rhythmic rather than melodic.   European Characteristics Grew out of patronage system Dependent upon the “Great masters” Often something for the culturally elite Very long history Improvisation was important but declined in the 19 th  century.  Gives complete control to the composer. 
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Jazz as a Term Used as a derogatory sexual connotation.   Originally spelled " J-A-S-S " and was used as a verb, rather than a noun.  
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course MUS 2000 taught by Professor Nunnery during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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