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Instrumentalism in Improvisation: The Flourishing of Jazz

Spontaneous and soulful, that’s how jazz music is expressed and appreciated.

Such free-flowing lack of musical structure makes Jazz universally popular across divides of language, education, race, and social status. Instrumentalism, not music principles, accounts for its timelessness. The performance emanates from deep soul ideas expressed in a tilt of a note, a wailing crescendo, or staccato percussion. Success is measured in the listener’s appreciation.

Jazz is traced to Africans taken from their homeland around the 19th century to work in the West Indies. They produced a narrative of their lives through song, movement, and rhythmic work instruments. Its New Orleans origin is well known but perhaps not its move to Chicago. A big fan, infamous mobster Al Capone had a photo taken with popular trombonist, Tom Browns.

Every single time it is played, jazz is made fresh and original by the performers’ own internal rhythms.  Every single time it is heard, the listener becomes deeply immersed in the moment.  Jazz is never-ending newness in the now.

2 comments on “Instrumentalism in Improvisation: The Flourishing of Jazz

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