The Birth and Evolution of Jazz – Infographic

Diaries from 19th century New Orleans recount fascinating anecdotes of a new form of music and dance that took place in the market squares – of throbbing, pulsating sounds being created from strange-looking percussion and string instruments, and hundreds of chanting voices. These public slave dances, called the ‘ring shout’ were, essentially, a transfer of pure African sound and rituals into the New World.

This is the pre-history of jazz music as we know it today. But the collective memory of the African-American’s oral history and their self-image is what shaped generations of jazz, that are chronicled in this infographic.

A Brief History of Jazz:

The Birth and Evolution of Jazz - Infographic

Infographic by – Milkwhale

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