The history of the music echoes the history of twentieth century america jazz provided the background for the giddy era that f scott fitzgerald called the jazz age the irresistible pulse of big band swing lifted the spirits and boosted american morale during the great depression and world war ii. This is an excellent history of jazz especially of the musics early years many books on jazz can be as difficult to follow as a bebop chord progression but wards text is clear and well written throughout the book the development of the music is presented in the context of americas social cultural and political history. Sign in now to see your channels and recommendations sign in watch queue queue. The goal of every jazz musician is to find their own voice a sound that is at once unique and identifiable one of the best examples is louis armstrong whose distinctive tone on cornet and personal singing style changed the course of american music armstrongs hot five was the vehicle for his growth as a jazz musician. The history of jazz music origins is attributed to the turn of the 20th century new orleans although this unique artistic medium occurred almost simultaneously in other north american areas like saint louis kansas city and chicago
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