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From National Museum of American History:
Jazz developed in the United States in the very early part of the 20th century. New Orleans, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, played a key role in this development. The city's population was more diverse than anywhere else in the South, and people of African, French, Caribbean, Italian, German, Mexican, and American Indian, as well as English, descent interacted with one another. African-American musical traditions mixed with others and gradually jazz emerged from a blend of ragtime, marches, blues, and other kinds of music. At first jazz was mostly for dancing. (In later years, people would sit and listen to it.) After the first recordings of jazz were made in 1917, the music spread widely and developed rapidly. The evolution of jazz was led by a series of brilliant musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis. Jazz developed a series of different styles including traditional jazz, swing bebop, cool jazz, and jazz-rock, among others. At the same time, jazz spread from the United States to many parts of the world, and today jazz musicians--and jazz festivals--can be found in dozens of nations. Jazz is one of the United States' greatest exports to the world.
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Everything about Jazz! -
Orff Level I "Take Five" – Bean Bag Jazz exercise - www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWRGafkyvqk
PBS Kids - http://pbskids.org/chuck/video_jazz.html
Jazz Explosion -
History of Jazz - Website
History of Jazz (Powerpoint)
Brief History of Jazz (Powerpoint)
Different types of Jazz
Silhouettes of Jazz
A Children’s Introduction to Jazz (book) – 46 mins.
Duke Ellington: Piano Prince (book)
Animated History of Jazz Part 1
Teacher Pin for Jazz activities
Jazz unit from Smithsonian – Excellent!
Does it Swing? An Introduction to Swing Jazz Music for Young People – Part 1
Does it Swing? An Introduction to Swing Jazz Music for Young People – Part 2
Does it Swing? An Introduction to Swing Jazz Music for Young People – Part 3