Born in New Orleans
New Orleans in the first two decades of the 20th century was a musical melting pot of musical styles. African music was still prominent, as drumming and dancing were some of the few freedoms allowed slaves before emancipation. Ragtime was popular, and its up-tempo and syncopated rhythms had a profound influence on later styles.
Military marching bands had begun to influence New Orleans music, in terms of musical forms and also the types of instruments that were available.
Early jazz is often referred to as “Hot Jazz,” and sometimes “Dixieland music.” It incorporated the ......