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Jordan Spitzer COML 1109 Jazz Isn’t Black? Are there genres of music that are completely occupied by multiple races? Is rock n’ roll a biracial music? Is it a white music as well as a black music? Rock n’ roll, however, is 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 not to be a black music. While there are many reasons to support that jazz is black, there are even more reasons to support that jazz is entirely not a black music. There are many theories and a handful of evidence that support this idea. The white and European origins of jazz, the existence of prominent white jazz musicians, and the acceptance of white musicians by the prominent black musicians all point to the larger idea that jazz is not a black music. The origins of jazz may seem to have been black and only black, but many of the roots of jazz were actually white. The idea that the origins of jazz in New Orleans were purely black is a flawed one that shows that jazz is not only black. New Orleans was a very complex society when jazz was created. It consisted not only of African Americans, but also a variety of Creoles, or people “of European ancestry born in the New World, including Spanish America.” And, there were many different types of Creoles. “In New Orleans there were white Creoles, black Creoles descended from Haitian Immigrants, and Creoles of mixed blood,” (Lees 198).
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