Music is an important part of any cultural heritage as it speaks history, keeps the memories alive, and brings pride to those who are related to its origins. Jazz has always captured its listeners with upbeat, soulful, and free tones. The genre influenced all aspects of life since its beginning and it keeps coming through modern music. With its rich history, jazz proved to revolutionize the course of society.
From the beginning of jazz history, it has always been about movement, individual expression, and freedom. It was different than previously known music genres and managed to break the musical tradition pivoting towards improvisation, which later set course for cultural changes. Nowadays, jazz is played all over the world.
The origins of the music genre date back to the late 19th century in the African-American communities on New Orleans. Jazz is a mix of blues and ragtime that came from slave folk songs, but also from other different music styles that were famous in the region. It spread through the American culture after World War I, as more and more people wanted a fresh start and were tired of the simplistic social customs. Even though jazz originated from the African-American culture and met some resistance on its way to fame, it continued to grow and eventually changed the path of American music. The African-American culture finally was viewed differently by the world, and it was being brought back to life with one of the main benefits – black musicians had their jobs back.
The genre with its free expressions and nature spread through the American culture rather rapidly causing major changes in society. The first change occurred in the male and female roles. Women started breaking free from the regular social norms; they got rid of rather conservative clothing, started speaking up about their freedom and changed the family roles.
Jazz was a reason for women to work in the industry as well as provided more workplaces for those who performed on stage. A great example of such change is the movie Some Like It Hot with the famous Marilyn Monroe. The film has become a classic, but was revolutionary at the time by putting women musicians at the forefront, adding credibility to them in society. From the beginning of jazz in the 1920s, jazz was the main attribute of youth culture. The genre influenced all aspects of life in the past, including fashion, literature and society.
Nowadays, Jazz has become a part of modern music culture. Because of its energy, jazz can be found in modern pop, rap, rock, soul, and R&B. Many famous songs that are loved by thousands of people across the world have hints of jazz in their music notes. For example, Honey Pie by The Beatles. Other famous examples of jazz in modern music include Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, and Led Zeppelin. Not to mention that jazz has become a staple of cafes and restaurants, playing several-hour long playlists, which some even use as background music when working.