An Analysis of Influential Precursors to Early Jazz


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An Analysis of Influential Precursors to Early Jazz
Jazz music is said to distinguish itself in “the rhythmic domain” (Collier 219) as its main characteristics, among many. Specifically, the unique rhythmic tempo, the “fluidity of the soloists” (219) that defines jazz is not easily described, nor is any one definition of jazz entirely satisfactory to serve the total purpose of what jazz is (
6), but the listener understands a certain rhythmic tempo
, an open and circular type of sound, as jazz when it is heard. The precursors that influenced what we now call jazz music represent a wide fusion of sounds and cultural and historical influences. This paper will describe some of the key influences that created jazz...
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.....nues to evolve in new directions while paying due homage to its predecessors.
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