have contributed to many art forms, but jazz, a type of music, is the only art
form that was created in the United States. Jazz was created by black
Americans. Many blacks were brought from Africa to America as slaves. The black
slaves sang and played the music of their homeland.
is a mixture of many different kinds of music. It is a combination of the music
of West Africa, the work songs the slaves sang, and religious music. Jazz bands
formed in the late 1800s. They played in bars and clubs in many towns and
cities of the South, especially New Orleans.
Orleans is an international seaport, and people from all over the world come to
New Orleans to hear jazz. Improvisation is an important part of jazz. This
means that the musicians make the music up as they go along, or create the
music on the spot. This is why a jazz song might sound a little different each
time it is played.
became more and more popular. By the 1920s, jazz was popular all over the
United States. By the 1940s, you could not only hear jazz in clubs and bars,
but in concert halls as well. Today, people from all over the world play jazz.
Jazz musicians from the United States, Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe
meet and share their music at festivals on every continent. In this way jazz
continues to grow and change.