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Jazz, Blues, and World Music

Updated on April 17, 2012
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Deborah is a writer, healer, and teacher. Her goal is to help people live their best lives everyday by sharing her joy and love of life.


With a variety of rhythm, rhyme, and reason, there exists a variety of jazz, blues, or world music for every taste.

It is possible to load your Ipod with jazz classics, hip hop blues, and the undulating music of Africa.

While jazz originated during the early 20th century in african american communities, it remains a uniquely american icon. Jazz represents a hybrid of african and european musical traditions. It is a form of art created, inspired and perfected by american culture, history and diversity.

The Blues

Early blues came to America as tribal music, on slave ships and plantation fields. The call and response format, common to african oral tradition evolved to fit into the culture of the field workers. This highly improvisational style of folk music is filled with feeling and saturated with meaning.

World Music

The term "world music" is a generic catch all phrase, which refers to non-western type music. This expansive genre includes aftican, south american, latin, middle eastern and other types of indigenous folk music.

Global, or world music gained in popularity after the1987 World Music Celebration in France. It was then that interested parties, including artists such as Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel decided to capitalize on the popularity of different musical styles and spread influence in the genre. Many different styles of World Music are easily available.


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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks billyaustindillon, I appreciate you stopping by.


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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Some great Blues and Jazz here - nothing better than a smoky jazz club on a Saturday night for atmosphere.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks LillyGrillzit, I agree. I love the emotion of the blues.

      De Greek, thank you for your kindness.


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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      How can I thank you enough for this hub? :-)

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Ms.Deborah, I love those moanin' groanin' Blues!! Thanks for putting this together.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks carolina muscle, jazz is on the move in all kinds of directions right now.

      FCEtier, thanks for reading.

      Hey LeanMan, maybe you can find some good jazz where you are!


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      Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

      Great hub, some different choices of listening material.

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      Chip 7 years ago from Cold Mountain

      Long time jazz fan here!

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      There is definitely more Jazz openness today... I think the form stagnated a bit in the 80's, but is coming back with all kinds of new ideas and directions.