SHARE – To Know More About African American Culture Start By Getting Jazzy – It Is Love Supreme! – One Step From Meditative New Age Music – Healthy Too!

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.


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Photo – Palumbo – Miles Davis

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

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Photo – Ella Fitzgerald – Wikipedia

The Greatest Jazz Artists According to The BBC – Published November 16, 2015 – By Sam Armstrong

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…

  1. Miles Davis
  2. Louis Armstrong
  3. Duke Ellington
  4. John Coltrane
  5. Ella Fitzgerald
  6. Charlie Parker
  7. Billie Holiday
  8. Thelonious Monk
  9. Bill Evans
  10. 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, Mural Art & Soft Poetry – Kevy Michaels – July 10, 2020

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.


Original Poems

So Jazzy

Kevy Michaels

Never thought I’d see

The day

That’s I’d become

… So Jazzy

Now it’s my home

…A pillow for

My mind

Salts, Essential Oils & Candles

To Soak

My aching feet

I’ve been walking

On Life’s road for 60 years

Give or take a year

But I never imagined

Me?

Becoming…

…So jazzy

It’s taking everyone

By surprise

They can’t believe

That I’ve become

…This jazzy?

I don’t have nobody

I’m sure I could be

With somebody?

But

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

That

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

Myself

To

Become even

..Jazzier

I Never thought I’d see the day

But it is now

Here I am

… So Jazzy

Just Jazzy Y’all


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Photo – John Coltrane – Wikipedia

Audio File

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

…Again

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

The inevitable

Manifest-able & Defy-able

Matter occasionally bowing to my mind

…It seems

Finding wealth in scarcity

Circling back and forth

Finding truth from every approachable angle and direction

Betrayals mapping paths to undeniable mercy

Conquering Storms

Trading greatness for nothing at all

…It seems

The awakening to the sun before me

Is like none previously

Atop this mountain of Understanding

If only for this moment

Me,

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

…It’s Love

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!


Art Jazzy

Kevy Michaels

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

Mini marshmallows

And cinnamon

Swimming on top of

A warm

Cup of java

In the morning

Jazz, Mural Art & Soft Poetry

Are as immersed in the spirit

As the Faithful & Holy

Are in

Believing in

That which they cannot

That no one can see

…But them

Until they reveal it


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Photo – Charlie Parker – Wikipedia

What is Jazz? – National Museum of American History

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


Explainer: The History of Jazz – The Conversation

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.[1] It has been called “the quintessential New Orleans art form – a jazz funeral without a body”.[2] 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.

Brothers of Brass – Street Life [Official Video] – Jan 5, 2019 – Brothers of Brass

13 Young Jazz Musicians Shaping The Future Of Jazz – Discover Music

Top 5 of 13 – Read More

Shabaka Hutchings

SHABAKA HUTCHINGS: Worldwide FM Session – Streamed live on Sep 11, 2019 – Worldwide FM

Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington – “Truth” (Live at WFUV) – Jan 27, 2018 – WFUV Public Radio

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding – 12 Little Spells – Esperanza Spalding

Nubya Garcia

Nubya Garcia – Lost Kingdoms [Audio] (1 of 6) – May 30, 2018 – jazz refreshed

Makaya McCraven

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


List of smooth jazz musicians – Wikipedia

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“.[1][2]

The genre arose in the mid-1970s in the United States as “smooth radio”, and was not termed “smooth jazz” until the 1980s.[3] 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.[3] Read More

Smooth jazz musicians by instrument

This category has the following 7 subcategories, out of 7 totals.

Read More


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

House Jazz

Sax House Music Mix 2020 – May 3, 2018 – DR’ Playlist
Jazz in the House 2020 (Best of Jazzy Soulful House Music for 2019 – DJ mix – DJ Dacha

7 Health Benefits of Listening to Jazz Music – May 3, 2020 – Ellen Jones
Benefits
  1. Focus better
  2. Stress Relief
  3. Boost Creativity & Productivity
  4. Improves Recovery From Illnesses
  5. Reduces Pain
  6. Helps Sleep At Night
  7. Lowers Blood Pressure
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Photo Louis Armstrong – Wikipedia

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Photo – Duke Ellington

Additional Poets

Free Jazz – Poem by Dominic Windram

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.

Just Jazz – Poem by Richard Wlodarski

How about
Misery
For just me
How ’bout
The blues
Jazzin’
Lost me

Jazz Music – Poem by Edward Kofi Louis

Evidence of your music!
Jazz Music!
Also seen with your dancing steps;
Zeal and zest! With the joy of your heart.

Jazz Found – Poem by Madrason writer

Jazz Found – Poem Madrason

The talking drum
or balaphone
they moved the
world around
returned to Africa
the womb of
jazz is sound.

Dig My Jazz – Poem by Uriah Hamilton

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.

Tribute To Jazz Music – Poem by Raj Nandy – New Delhi

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!)


This Is Your Brain On Music – How Music Benefits The Brain (animated) – Apr 17, 2018 – Better Than Yesterday

How Does Music Affect Your Brain? | Tech Effects | WIRED – Mar 15, 2019 – WIRED

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


Credits

Photography, Editing, and Production

Kevy Michaels

(Additional Photos of Top Jazz Artists – Wikipedia.Com)

Poets

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

Music

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 MusicYouTube Mr. Snooze – Background Music For Videos
Special Warm Regards

Denver Community Media (David & John)

Denver Open Media – Tony Shawcross

Pastor Kevin Rawlins – Blow The Trumpet Ministries

Frank Guerrero – Rock Art Productions

Jesse Lockwood – Clockwork Beast

YouTube – DIY Videos

A Kevy Michaels Short Production

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