Jazz is among the most respected art forms from America. It has played a big part in shaping the music industry. It has helped initiate a variety of new music elemental genres and careers of many musical geniuses. Jazz originated back in the 19th Century and early 20th Century as European and American classical music mixed with slave and African folk songs.
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From Down Beat Magazine By permission of Down Beat magazine come these photos of some of the most famous jazz musicians of the Swing era. Left click on photos to enlarge. Berigan left a steady gig as a sideman in Tommy Dorsey's big band to form his own outfit in Sadly, Berigan was not adept at handling finances or managing a big band and filed bankruptcy before returning to the Dorsey fold in Bunny is pictured here with one of his sidemen, trombonist Bob Jenney.
With its roots in the blues, jazz has been referred to as America's classical music, yet has also become a major global phenomenon, branching off into a variety of forms. In contrast, contemporaries Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk developed bebop, with its speedy, dissonant harmonies and improvisations. And Miles Davis heralded the birth of cool jazz, modal jazz and fusion at different points in his career.