Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Duke Ellington: swing jazz in Harlem moved people across the globe

Originally uploaded by trudeau.
Early Jazz - 1910's, 1920's
New Orleans: King Oliver, Louis Armstrong / brass band-influenced. "Hot music."
Chicago: Oliver, Armstrong, etc., making small group jazz in a ragtime style. Dancers loved it.

Swing jazz - 1930's, 1940's
NYC / Harlem: Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa.
Big bands made a big sound; dancers got wilder with the jitterbug and variations.

Cool jazz / bebop - 1950's, 1960's
NYC: Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, etc. made complex jazz primarily for listening, not dancing.

Rock & roll - 1950's
Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Bill Haley, Little Richard, etc. combined the blues and R & B with country music and came out with Rock/nRoll. Dancers began with the jitterbug and moved on to the twist, etc.

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