The roots of Jazz are in the work songs and the spirituals.
Ragtime grew from those songs using catchy, syncopated, disjunct melodies.
The Maple leaf rag - Left hand steady beat, Right hand syncopated.
Homophonic. The whole song is made of even 16 bar phrases AA-BB-CC-DD
Blues and Jazz use the same scale which is a penatonic scale which incorperates the "blue" note.
Blues dervives from the work songs but incorperate elements of European folk music.
Blues songs that spoke of social injustice included.
Bessie Smith - Homeless Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson - Broke and Hungry Blues
How do these song raise awareness of social injustice?
Billie Holiday - Billie's Blues
This is using syncopated melodies with pitch inflections and improvisation. It is laid back with diffent feeling for the solo sections. It follows the same 12 bar blues sections.
New Orleans Dixieland Jazz - Louis Armstrong.
A heavy use of Scat singing, small orchestra led by Louis Armstrongs trumpet. Room for improvisation from vairious instruments in the group. Use of swing.
Duke Ellington - Take the A train
During the time of Jim Crow laws in the USA and the civil rights movement? How did musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Duke Elllington fight adversity? How does this show in their music? Do you think this music impacted on the need for social equality?