An Analysis of the Growth of Blues/Jazz over Classical Music and its Influence on Late 20th Century Music This study will analyze the important origins of ragtime as the foundation for the early 20th century jazz movement and in the coming of the blues style. By using western modes of classical music and African rhythms, African American artists like Scott Joplin and the New Orleans Jazz movement helped to fuse these two forms into a popular music. During the Big band era, the popularity of singing and instrumental music became a powerful cultural force via the Dixieland Jazz Band and the coming of singers like Bessie Smith in the blues genre. Under these influences, singers like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley had access to white...The end:
.....ially challenging musical themes (Lankford, 2005, p.83). While many classical concert were playing to exclusive audiences (often paying a great deal of money for a seat), popular music provided a sanctuary for the common people to hear music in pubs, dance halls, and other places that music could be played. This is why blues and jazz became a far more popularized form, which defines its accessibility to the common people through big band foundations and the vocal form of blues and jazz styles. References: Hubbard-Brown, J. (2006). Scott Joplin: Composer. New York, Chelsea House. Lankford, R. (2005). Folk music USA: The changing voice of protest. New York: Schirmer. Ward, Geoffrey. (2000). Jazz: A history of America’s music. New York: Knopf.