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Matt McLennan Professor Pawlak Jazz History Section #2 1 February 2010 Keeping Time #1: The Origins of Jazz Jazz music and its history is a story of great controversy. This profound and groundbreaking form of music began in the early twentieth century. While there are many who still debate about the true origins of Jazz, there are several solid facts that give us an idea of where it all began. What is now called Jazz music stems from a style of music called Ragtime that became popular in the 1920s. Ragtime is a fairly basic form of dance music that got its name from its “ragged” rhythm. Today it is considered the beginnings of Jazz music. While many think that Jazz takes root in New Orleans, Louisiana, this is not entirely true. Depending on who you talk to there are many stories out there that define the origins of Jazz. Two important artists who contrast in their origin ideas are James Reese Europe and Jelly Roll Morton. James Reese Europe believes that Jazz comes from the early rhythms and melodies of African-American artists. Jelly Roll Morton on the other hand firmly argues that there is also a great deal of outside influence and ideas that brought Jazz to where it is today.
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  • Spring '07
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  • Music, Jelly Roll Morton, Morton. James Reese Europe

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