This post is another mashup. The post is primarily about Jazz music.
I am sharing’s its history and variations as a way for you to become better acquainted with a major aspect of African American culture. It is a mashup because I have additional footage and photos of mural art to share and decided to create content using the images set to various styles of Jazz music. I also wanted to share poems that I wrote, as well as, poems from other poets, adding this all of this to jazz music of various tempos in a visually-enticing video.
As a result, this post is a mashup of Jazz Music, Mural Art & Poetry (by me and other poems from around the world). Not sure, but let’s see how this goes for you. Kevy
Before I go any further, I want to remind you that I am not immediately knowledgeable, off the top of my head, on all the topics on which I write.
I am inspired by life events, observations, relationships, family scenarios, web surfing, and National Public Radio (NPR) to create fresh content. In a sense, I provide a service with my posts. I perform the research, give my opinion, and provide you with references to do further research. You are always invited to respond and even share an entire post.
Though I am African American, and though I appreciate jazz music, I did not know as much about its history, variations, or health benefits until I did the research for this post. I learn something new with every post.
I grew up surrounded by jazz music in New Orleans as a child. My cousin was a DJ at a New Orleans jazz radio station WWOZ. I highly recommend that you download the app for 24 hours a day of free jazz music.
I knew that African Americans invented jazz music, and of smooth jazz, Dixieland Jazz (hate it!), and Brass Band Jazz (love it!), but I only scratched the surface of the depths of jazz music. In my travels to Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean, it seemed that jazz music was more appreciated there than here in the States. Now, in my older life, I appreciate jazz music more. When I was younger, I shied away from Jazz music. I saw it as for old people. Well, I am old now, and I love Jazz. I guess I was correct!
In addition to listening to New Age music, I often listen to jazz when I am writing, creating content, and especially when video editing.
In this post, I will whet your appetite with jazz music. I will delve into its history, benefits, and styles. I will attempt to set the moods right, including video images, and poetry.
I have a hidden agenda with this post, though.
I am suggesting with this post, that getting jazzy is an easy first step to learning more about Black people and Black culture. It is very unoffensive and even has health benefits which I will discuss. There are many other steps that Whites and other races (including Africans) can take to heal African American pain. Listening to Jazz music is but one.
In the post, White Liberal Boomers – ‘White Silence’ Is Unacceptable In Revolution 2020, I provided additional suggestions for healing racial tensions, and at least attempting to put a dent in institutionalized racism.
The suggestions are as follows:
- Stop Normalizing Racists – Don’t normalize your Trump-loving friends and show affinity to them for material and other reasons, while ignoring their contribution to racism, and the perpetuation of oppression against Blacks and other minorities.
- Show More Empathy – Don’t fail to recognize or selfishly interpret Blacks’ expressed pain and mixed emotions in the midst of this Racial Revolution about all of who we are, no less.
- Don’t Aggressively Defend – Don’t resort to defensiveness, ugliness, and misinterpretation.
- Examine Yourself – Carefully examine your friends, opinions, and life, in general, to identify how you contribute to continued racism. Look closely, you may perpetuate racism in subtle and not-so-obvious ways. Examine your surroundings, circle of friends, and you’re engaging in African & African American culture.
- Listen, Don’t Talk – Allow Black people to have their moment, to express their pain. This is not your moment. Swallowing your pain will be much easier than what Blacks have continually swallowed for hundreds of years. Take a backseat on this one. Don’t try to upstage. Listen, don’t talk.
- Listen To Jazz Music – I just added this to the list. This will make you more aware of a culture that is not your own. This will allow you to remotely allow you to become comfortable with reaching outside of your world. The emotions, joy, pain, and trials of African Americans will express itself in Jazz music. Listening to Jazz music will reduce your stress and lower your blood pressure, which is much needed during today’s trying times.
Don’t think that I don’t recognize the pain and dilemma that Whites must feel today. I get comments and participate in discussions with Whites regularly. My White friends have said a mouth full by disappearing and saying nothing at all when the race issue was brought up directly.
I am sure that many are angry, feeling innocent, feeling guilty, confused, and defensive. These emotions have a damaging effect on the Mind, Body, and Spirit because they cause disharmony.
Listening to jazz music will remedy that. It is nearly impossible to feel these emotions while listening to jazz music.
The History of Jazz Music
- Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime.
- Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms, and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions.
- As jazz spread around the world, it drew on national, regional, and local musical cultures, which gave rise to different styles.
- The 1910s – New Orleans Jazz began
- The 1930s – Heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands were the prominent styles.
- The 1940s – Bebop emerged shifting jazz from danceable popular music toward a more challenging “musician’s music”.
- Cool Jazz developed near the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines.
- The 1950s – Hard Bop introduced influences from rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing.
- Modal Jazz developed in using the mode, or musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation, as did Free Jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat, and formal structures.
- The 1960s – 1970s – Jazz-rock fusion appeared, combining jazz improvisation with rock music’s rhythms, electric instruments, and highly amplified stage sound.
- The 1980s – Commercial form of jazz fusion called Smooth Jazz became successful, garnering significant radio airplay.
- The 2000s – Other styles and genres developed such as House, Latin, and Afro-Cuban jazz.
Read More – Jazz History Wikipedia
Describing the top 10 as “the best of the best,” Radio 3’s Geoffrey Smith said the first three positions were all occupied by “immortals” of jazz music. “Duke, the orchestral master; Louis, the father of us all; and Miles, the essence of the ever-changing contemporary spirit.”
The Top 10 is here…
- Miles Davis
- Louis Armstrong
- Duke Ellington
- John Coltrane
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Charlie Parker
- Billie Holiday
- Thelonious Monk
- Bill Evans
- Oscar Peterson
The list of ten was drawn from a list of 50 possible contenders…possibly to some a slightly strange and skewed list…but such is the nature of these things. Read More
My Art Jazzy Video
Art Jazzy! – Jazz Music, Murals & Soft Poetry
I spent the week using my Lumix DSLR camera, and a new Samsung S20 to take more pictures of Denver, Colorado’s mural art. There is still much more to shoot! I will end with this video which infuses Jazz Music, Mural Art & Poetry (about Jazz). Comment if you like it. Comment if you don’t.
Never thought I’d see
That’s I’d become
… So Jazzy
Now it’s my home
…A pillow for
Salts, Essential Oils & Candles
My aching feet
I’ve been walking
On Life’s road for 60 years
Give or take a year
But I never imagined
It’s taking everyone
They can’t believe
That I’ve become
I don’t have nobody
I’m sure I could be
I don’t even want anybody
I only have time
For me and
…My Dear Love Jazzy
I can feel her sound
Touch her Light
And smell the rhythm
Of her vibe
Life sometimes seems like
Two worlds competing
Both trying to survive
Jazzy ignites creativity
She brings my
Spirit up high!
Life is too
And I told mamma
That I won’t slip off
So I’ll just stay to
I Never thought I’d see the day
But it is now
Here I am
… So Jazzy
Just Jazzy Y’all
Love is Supreme
By Kevy Michaels
Special Thanks to Rick Posner, of The Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop, for inspiration.
Clouds for curtains unveil the Sun again
On an amphitheater with no audience
Just me center stage naked and scarred
Ambient rays reveal that
I’ve been touched by Love
Rhythmic chants and prayers
Returned me to my comfortable element
Dissolved my many destructions
Entranced in its meditative tranquility
Until now I’ve awakened
With a deeper awareness of me
…And of God
The grandeur of Love
Profound and soul-passionate
Grateful as the grace in the breaths of a guru
Beliefs built casually on Hail Marys
…Holy Water, dried Palms
Cross-shaped ashes on the forehead
Novenas to rosaries
Not moved like a priest
But rather in this moment
More like a Mississippi preacher
Humbled by nature’s dominion over me
Strengthened by my importance and my irrelevance
Thoughts capable of creation and destruction
Manifest-able & Defy-able
Matter occasionally bowing to my mind
Finding wealth in scarcity
Circling back and forth
Finding truth from every approachable angle and direction
Betrayals mapping paths to undeniable mercy
Trading greatness for nothing at all
The awakening to the sun before me
Is like none previously
Atop this mountain of Understanding
If only for this moment
One with Divinity
And if only for this moment
We both Acknowledge our connectivity
Having been exceedingly blessed and rewarded
And strained by overwhelming trials and burdens
Witness and participant in Miracles
Twice buried in ashes
Reincarnated from a seed to a live oak
Iterated and reiterating
Birth with each Divine revelation
Transformed through Crucifixion
Then through Resurrection
Awakened to my oneness with Universal Good
Vibrating much deeper in it now
And if only for this moment
Divinity and I Acknowledge each other’s common element
Supremacy through Love
Both enamored by returning to our essence
In this moment
I’m preaching the gospel of
Supremacy through Love
Love is Supreme!
Music, Art & Spoken Word
Music uses sound to take us on
A journey to our essence
With no steppingstones
Guiding us through our moods
Instruments used like paintbrushes
Art manipulates light revealing
A different image
Of endless realities
Colors used on canvas like
Musical sounds are organized
Within a measure
Spoken word arouse emotions
Awakening wounds of emptiness
Serving warm cups of Joy
Filled with the right mixture
Of alphabets like
Swimming on top of
Cup of java
In the morning
Jazz, Mural Art & Soft Poetry
Are as immersed in the spirit
As the Faithful & Holy
That which they cannot
That no one can see
Until they reveal it
Jazz is a kind of music in which improvisation is typically an important part. In most jazz performances, players play solos which they make up on the spot, which requires considerable skill. There is tremendous variety in jazz, but most jazz is very rhythmic, has a forward momentum called “swing,” and uses “bent” or “blue” notes. You can often hear “call–and–response” patterns in jazz, in which one instrument, voice, or part of the band answers another. (You can hear Ella Fitzgerald and Roy Eldridge do “call and response” in Ella’s Singing Class.) Jazz can express many different emotions, from pain to sheer joy. Read More
New Orleans in the late 1800s was a remarkably cosmopolitan city, with a more racially egalitarian society than the rest of the American south. In that city, distinct musical trends began to develop, fusing elements of West African musical traditions with European harmonic structures. Musicians used readily available military band instruments left in pawnshops after the end of the American Civil War. Read More
I grew up listening to New Orleans brass band music. We call is Second Line music, named after a New Orleans style dance, done at parades in of celebration of life, and memory of those who have passed on. The size of the parades ranged from small neighborhood marches to huge Mardi Gras parade marches. As the Brass Bands pass by, folks join in, marching for miles following the band, doing the second line dance.
The Second Line is a tradition in parades organized by Social, Aid and Pleasure Clubs (SAPCs) with a brass band parades in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The “main line” or “first line” is the main section of the parade or the members of the SAPC with the parading permit as well as the brass band.
The Second Line consists of people who follow the band to enjoy the music, dance, and engage in “community.” The Second Line’s style of traditional dance, in which participants dance and walk along with the SAPCs in an African-based, free-form style with parasols and handkerchiefs, is called “second-lining”. It is one of the most African-retentive cultures in the United States. It has been called “the quintessential New Orleans art form – a jazz funeral without a body”. Another significant difference from jazz funerals is that Second Line parades lack the slow hymns and dirges played at funerals (although some organizations may have the band play a solemn selection toward the start of the parade in memory of members who died since their last parade). Read More
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Living here in Denver, Colorado, I have the great fortune to enjoy second-line brass band music often, as played by the Boys of Brass, a local brass band that includes members from New Orleans. The Boys of Brass really rock crowds and have been very active during recent Black Lives Matter(#BLACKLIVESMATTER5280) protest marches and other events.
Top 5 of 13 – Read More
SHABAKA HUTCHINGS: Worldwide FM Session – Streamed live on Sep 11, 2019 – Worldwide FM
Kamasi Washington – “Truth” (Live at WFUV) – Jan 27, 2018 – WFUV Public Radio
Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells – Esperanza Spalding
Nubya Garcia – Lost Kingdoms [Audio] (1 of 6) – May 30, 2018 – jazz refreshed
Young Genius – Jul 12, 2018 – Makaya McCraven – Topic
Five myths about jazz – Washington Post
Myth No. 1 – Jazz is more serious than other genres.
Myth No. 2 – Jazz was born in New Orleans. Note: No one agrees where jazz was ‘born’ in America. Everyone agrees that jazz ‘originated’ from West Africa.
Myth No. 3 – Jazz must swing.
Myth No. 4 – Jazz musicians were (or are) on drugs.
Myth No. 5 – Jazz is dead. Read More
Smooth jazz is a commercially oriented, crossover jazz which came to prominence in the 1980s, displacing the more venturesome jazz fusion from which it emerged. It avoids the improvisational “risk-taking” of jazz fusion, emphasizing melodic form. Much of the music was initially “a combination of jazz with easy-listening pop music and lightweight R&B“.
The genre arose in the mid-1970s in the United States as “smooth radio”, and was not termed “smooth jazz” until the 1980s. The earliest smooth jazz music appearing in the 1970s includes the 1975 album Touch by saxophonist John Klemmer, the song “Breezin’” as performed by guitarist George Benson in 1976, the 1977 instrumental composition “Feels So Good” by flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione, and jazz fusion group Spyro Gyra‘s instrumental “Morning Dance“, released in 1979. Read More
Smooth jazz musicians by instrument
This category has the following 7 subcategories, out of 7 totals.
- ►Smooth jazz bass guitarists (8 P)
- ►Smooth jazz flutists (3 P)
- ►Smooth jazz guitarists (41 P)
- ►Smooth jazz pianists (33 P)
- ►Smooth jazz saxophonists (44 P)
- ►Smooth jazz singers (34 P)
- ►Smooth jazz trumpeters (6 P)
Smooth Jazz Chillout Lounge – Smooth Jazz Saxophone Instrumental Music for Relaxing, Dinner, Study – Feb 28, 2019 – Dr. Sax Love
Smooth Jazz Chillout Lounge from Dr. Sax Love, Relax, enjoy, chill out, be cool…
What we hear when we listen to Jazz – Feb 9, 2014 – Self-actualization for Zombies
- Focus better
- Stress Relief
- Boost Creativity & Productivity
- Improves Recovery From Illnesses
- Reduces Pain
- Helps Sleep At Night
- Lowers Blood Pressure
Photo – Duke Ellington
Free jazz is liquid & fire.
It is sheer ecstasy.
It is vital, primal force
As wayward as the wind.
Its wild improvisations
Transcend mundane melody.
It’s a longing for the moon
It’s a longing for the sea
It’s a longing for life’s essence
In all its multi-layered radiance.
For just me
Evidence of your music!
Also seen with your dancing steps;
Zeal and zest! With the joy of your heart.
Jazz Found – Poem by Madrason writer
The talking drum
they moved the
returned to Africa
the womb of
jazz is sound.
Roses will rain
When I meet the train
Of eternal existence.
Jesus will find me
In a boxcar singing
A sad song slow and sweet.
The suffering hillside
Has been steep,
But I’ve patiently overcome
Every unexpected disappointment,
There’s nothing I regret,
St. Gabriel will dig my jazz.
I can feel its rhythm and beat,
And also its pulsating pain,
Its music flows freely,
Through my arteries and veins!
Its beats always echoes,
Through the corridors of my mind,
As I get wafted, on the wings of time!
Its music gets synchronized,
With my heart’s muffled beats,
As I try to keep time, –
With the tapping of my feet!
Each of its pulsating rhythm,
And all its background chimes,
With syncopated lilts,
Jazz remains harmonized!
The piano players dancing fingers,
Caresses a rhythmic sway,
While the Sax’s deep-throated tenor,
Drives my loneliness away!
When I hear my old jazz music,
And those golden classic tunes,
I forget I am getting old,
To time I become immune!
I begin to feel like the old King Cole,
As the music tingles my mind,
And rejuvenates my soul!
(Being a lover of classical Jazz, I had written
this poem as a tribute!)
In this episode of Tech Effects, we explore the impact of music on the brain and body. From listening to music to performing it, WIRED’s Peter Rubin looks at how music can change our moods, why we get the chills, and how it can actually change pathways in our brains. Read More
Photography, Editing, and Production
(Additional Photos of Top Jazz Artists – Wikipedia.Com)
Richard Wlodarski – Just Jazz
Edward Kofi Louis – Jazz Music
Madrason – Jazz Found
Uriah Hamilton – Dig My Jazz
Raj Nandy – Tribute To Jazz Music
Kevy Michaels – Art Jazzy
Kevy Michaels – So Jazzy
Love – Bensound.com
Sound_and_Mind – YouTube Audio Library – E’s Jammy Jams
A Night Alone – YouTube Audio Library – Track Tribe
The Black Cat – YouTube Audio Library – Aaron Kenny
Film Noir Background Music – YouTube Mr. Snooze – Background Music For Videos
Special Warm Regards
Denver Open Media – Tony Shawcross
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