Jazz is a form ofmusical art that originated in the United States through the confrontation of blacks with European music. The instrumentation, melody, and harmony ofjazzare derived primarily from the musical tradition of the West. The rhythm, phrasing and sound production, and harmony elements ofbluesare derived from African music and the musical concept of African Americans.
The musical identity of jazz is complex and cannot be easily defined. First of all, although the term is often used to refer to a musical idiom (as is done, for example, when talking about classical music ), jazz is actually a family of musical genres that share common characteristics, but they do not individually represent the complexity of gender as a whole; second, its various "social functions" ( jazz can serve as background music for gatherings or as dance music, but certain types of jazz require attentive, focused listening) require a different angle of study; and third, the issue of race has always generated a deep debate about jazz , shaping its reception by the public. Although jazz is a product of African-American culture , it has always been open to influences from other musical traditions, varying with the mix of cultures, and since the 1920s it has been performed by musicians from various parts of the world with very different backgrounds. different. On occasions, the work of musicians with the most commercial success has been shown as a paradigm of jazz , which fans and critics have considered by-products far from tradition, understanding on the contrary that jazz is a form of black music , in which that African-Americans have been its greatest innovators and its most notable representatives. (Wikipedia)