Black Jazz Men

Black Jazz Men - Jordan Spitzer COML 1109 FWS Black & White...

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Jordan Spitzer COML 1109 Jazz Is Black? Are there genres of music that are completely occupied by a single race? Is classical music purely White? Is salsa music purely Hispanic? These styles, however, are not important in this context. Jazz, one of the greatest and oldest forms since the dawn of time and since the beginning of these United States of America respectively, is assumed to be a black music. While there are many reasons to support that jazz is both black and white, there are even more reasons to support that jazz is solely a black music. There are many theories and a handful of evidence that support this idea. The theories that jazz is derived from blues and blues is derived from African music, that blues and African music sound alike compositionally and dynamically, and that White jazz musicians got no respect in the much larger black jazz scene all point to the larger idea that jazz is a black music. The idea that jazz is derived from blues, which came from Africa, demonstrates that Jazz is, at the heart, a Black music. Because of these derivatives, the style of Jazz music as it stands is considered to be of an African-American nature. As Amiri Baraka says in Blues People
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