The other day in class, we watched a video on the history of Jazz music. We learned that Jazz roots were similar to other types of music; such as ragtime but no other genre had established such unique sounds up to that point.
In its early days, Jazz music was played all over the United States and Europe where it sent a positive message for all cultures. As the music progressed, the true message of Jazz music started to fade and it was surrounded by controversy. With Prohibition in full swing, Jazz music started turning up in speakeasies; making some people believe that the music was the cause of sinful tendencies.
We’ve seen a pattern of extraordinary, self-taught musicians who come from poorer backgrounds. (Duke Ellington was an exception, having come from a middle class family.) Jazz music and its pioneering musicians have influenced countless others all over the world. After many, many years of misconception; Jazz has finally received the recognition it rightfully deserves.