Preview…Pangea Jazz Fest 2015

The Rhythm of Study

Before the first jazz records were recorded in 1917, New Orleans musicians were part of a culturally diverse scene, a conglomeration of African American, European, Creole, Afro-Caribbean, Mexican, Brazilian, and many other cultures, religions, and genres. And with ears open to them all, these proto- and early jazz musicians incorporated elements of each in their performances whether they were playing “ragtime,” “vaudeville,” “the Spanish tinge,” “novelty music,” “rumba foxtrot,” “jazz,” or whatever else they may have called it.

After that first jazz record was released, it—and this musical genre newly coined, but historically rooted in many cultures—traveled the world widely and rapidly, inspiring musicians in Australia, Germany, the Philipines, and many other locales to adopt and adapt this music, cutting jazz records within just a few years of jazz’s emergence in the United States. In short, jazz has been an international phenomenon not just since its early days, but even before…

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