Life of Jazz

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The slaves were striped of their right to participate in their native rituals of song and dance so they were forced to channel their sorrow filled emotions through the costumes around them. According to Ken Burns this African interpretation of the current American heavily European influenced music was the birth of Jazz...
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This birth included taking the tribal rhythms and instruments (guitar and percussion) of the African people and putting them together with the European harmonies, musical theories, and conventional instruments such as trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and piano. Ken Burns describes this balance of two different cultures is what makes Jazz; “It [Jazz] is between happy and sad; having and not having; country and city; between black and white and men and women; between the Old Africa and the Old Europe...
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