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The Origins of Jazz Music

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in Jazz Music, Music, News |


dto2-tate-venome-orchestraJazz music is an American founded coalescence of instrumental diversity and culturally rooted emotion, originally manifesting itself in Africa American communities as a means of bonding the young and old together with tradition. Jazz first grew out from wordless storytelling; it was a means of expressing African and Slave Folk songs as brought to New Orleans with slaves from West Africa. Following this, American Jazz found its home in New Orleans in the late 19th and 20th century, in a place where Europeanization was met with the richness of African American communities there, in turn creating a fusion of European music with rhythmic African elements.


Interestingly, the origin of the word Jazz is as uncertain as the notes, which define its pieces. Most experts believe it was nothing more than a slang term used as early as 1915 to name this new and unique form of expression. Nevertheless, as Jazz grew into a beloved American genre, its name became something of great importance as well; and in 1916 the American Dialect Society named Jazz, “The Word of the Twentieth Century.” This was a period where America saw immense growth in immigrant populations, and a time when many cultures were adopting the styles of jazz and transforming it to mesh with their own country’s roots as well. From Jazz many new genres of music found their roots as well, including swing.

Due to its versatile and unpredictable nature, a result of playing in the streets, Jazz has a heavy improvisational foundation, encompassing its mixed cultures with traces of polyrhythm, syncopation, and the swung note. This eccentric genre of music is widely considered one of America’s first and greatest art forms, and truly regarded as a representation of America as it is a musical melting pot where the unexpected collide; sometimes seamlessly, sometimes painfully, but nevertheless together and arguably more colorful than any other genre of music.


Like any other genre of music, Jazz has evolved since its start and continues to do so with every decade. In the 1930s, the most prominent style of Jazz music was the class bebop and big band arrangements that filled dance halls with unstoppable energy. It was indeed from this period that some of Jazz’s most starlit names arose, such as Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller, and Billie Holiday. These artists in particular led the transition into the calmer and smoother variations of Jazz found in the 1940s, exhibiting more linear melodies than its earlier jazz counterparts.

Jazz-band-jamming-on-stageIn an interview from 1988, infamous Jazz Musician, J. J. Johnson said, “Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will.” That is precisely the attitude that continued to spread Jazz into later decades, allowing it to transform into variations of Jazz Rock, Latin Jazz, and Afro-Cuban fusions. The origins of Jazz music are as unambiguous as the music itself is lithe and impulsive. We know where Jazz came from; Jazz walked off slave ships in the hearts of those who faced unfathomable adversity. Jazz arose from adversity to provide whole communities with colorful, international collaboration, and showcasing the beauty of unity as proven by Jazz’s ability to bridge gaps of communication.

Sounds Of Jazz From Dr Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Jazz Music, Music, News |

Alot of jazz, celebrity chefs and a dash of flamenco will heat up 2015-16 season at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The Morgan Stanley Jazz series will include award-winning performers Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, Michael Feinstein and Tony Bennett. And the lineup for the new chefs series — Chefs at the Dr. Phillips Center — will feature Emeril Lagasse, Ina Garten and Guy Fieri.

One of many supporters of the Center, local Dr. Phillips Realtor Paul McGarigal, says he is very pleased with quality of shows

More shows at the Dr. Phillips Center will be announced throughout the year. Here are the scheduled performers to date:

Morgan Stanley Jazz

Arturo Sandoval, 8 p.m. Oct. 24: Sandoval is one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

Michael Feinstein Celebrates Sinatra, 8 p.m., Jan. 29: The recording artist and entertainer will star in a centennial celebration of legendary singer Frank Sinatra.

Patti LaBelle, 8 p.m. Feb. 20: The soulful singer is known for belting out classic rhythm and blues, pop standards and spiritual sonnets.

Tony Bennett, 8 p.m. March 9: With 24 Top 40 songs and legendary duets with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Lady Gaga, Bennett is an American icon.

Subscriptions for the jazz series range from $135-$339 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by calling 844-513-2014, at the box office (455 Magnolia Ave. in downtown Orlando) between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday or noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, and online at Online and phone purchases may include handling fees.

Celebrity chefs

Emeril Lagasse, 8 p.m., Dec. 1, Walt Disney Theater: Lagasse has hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network and is the food correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Emeril’s Florida” is in its third season on the Cooking Channel.

Ina Garten, 8 p.m., Jan. 21, Walt Disney Theater: Her Emmy-winning cooking show, “Barefoot Contessa,” is one of the highest-rated shows on Food Network. She has written eight cookbooks; her first was “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook,” published in 1999.

Guy Fieri, 8 p.m., Feb. 11, Walt Disney Theater: Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and host of Food Network’s top-rated show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

Flamenco Festival

The two-day event brings together flamenco artists. Known for its passion and spontaneity, flamenco has many aspects including dance, singing and music.

Farruquito, 8 p.m., March 4, Walt Disney Theater: Juan Manuel Fernández Montoya (“Farruquito”) is a celebrated figure in the world of flamenco. He is the son of singer Juan Fernández Flores and dancer Rosario Montoya Manzano and a chief proponent of a style founded by his grandfather.

Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, 8 p.m., March 6, Walt Disney Theater: The 20-year-old company is recognized as an important representative of flamenco art in Spain.

Celtic Woman, 3 p.m. Oct. 31, Bob Carr Theater: The 10th Anniversary World Tour features three vocalists and a Celtic violinist, plus the Anotas Choir, bagpipers and Irish dancers under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes.

One Man Star Wars Trilogy written and performed by Charles Ross, show times vary, Oct. 12-18, Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater: Ross plays all the characters, re-creates the effects, sings the music, flies the ships and fights both sides of the galaxy. Buckle up.

John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last … for the Very First Time, time TBA, Oct. 17, Walt Disney Theater: The performance by the irreverent founding members of Monty Python crew will blend scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an audience Q&A.

One Man Breaking Bad, showtimes vary, Dec. 26-Jan. 1, Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater: Los Angeles actor Miles Allen’s supercharged, hilariously accurate renditions of all the iconic series characters.

Paul Anka, 8 p.m., Jan. 14, Walt Disney Theater: A singer-songwriter whose work has spanned several decades and genres.

The Temptations and the Four Tops, 8 p.m., Jan. 24, Walt Disney Theater: An R&B double bill celebrating some of the best American music that emerged from Motown and the Detroit music scene.

Yanni, 8 p.m., Feb. 13, Walt Disney Theater: With more than 40 platinum and gold albums, Yanni has developed a signature sound popularized the combination of electronic music synthesizers with a full-scale symphony orchestra.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party, showtimes vary, March 14-27, Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater: The production has been called a Southern-fried version of Dame Edna.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!, 3 p.m., May 21, Walt Disney Theater: The legacy of Mister Rogers lives on with the hit television series, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” from The Fred Rogers Co.

Florida Blue Concerts: Free performances on the Seneff Arts Plaza with a lineup of popular bands and artists.

UCF Celebrates the Arts, April: a free festival featuring an interactive exhibition of student work including studio art, music, theatre, dance, gaming, animation, photography and film.

Warriors Don’t Cry, 10:30 a.m., Nov. 19: In 1957, the Little Rock Nine risked their lives to end segregation at Central High School. One actress embodies many roles as she leads the audience on an educational, emotional and inspiring journey through this pivotal event in American history. “Warriors Don’t Cry” received the American Library Association Award, 1995 Nonfiction Book of the Year and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Moon Mouse, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 26: Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled as a loser and a geek. To get away from the badgering, he retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures, to be the hero. Lightwire Theater presents this cosmic adventure about celebrating differences.

Kevin Spencer’s Hocus Focus, 10:30 a.m., April 1: A fusion of magic and illusion, humor and mystery, and persona and personality. Spencer fuses this student-friendly production with a gamut of science, emotions and with the skills of a master showman.

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