The History Of Jazz
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November 5, 2012
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The leading ragtime composer was Scott Joplin.
The first improvising jazz musician was the cornetist Buddy Bolden, leader of a
band in New Orleans. The first jazz bands were usually made up of one or two
cornet players who played the principal melodies, a clarinetist and trombonist
who improvised countermelodies, and a rhythm section (piano, banjo, string bass
or tuba, and drums) to accompany the horns...
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These bands played for dancers or
marched in parades in the South.
Some of the first New Orleans musicians were among the most stirring of all jazz
artists. They include clarinetist Johnny Dodds, clarinetist-soprano saxophonist
Sidney Bechet, pianist Jelly Roll Morton, and cornetist King Oliver. The first
jazz record was made in 1917 by a New Orleans band the Original Dixieland Jazz
Band, made up of white musicians who copied black styles...
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