Historically started in New Orleans in the early 1900s, Jazz typifies musical flexibility not seen by many other genres. Featuring a mix of rhythms and tempos as well as a focus on soloing, jazz also has a huge range of potential instrumental structures and setups.
It’s very common for there to be a drummer and a bass instrument as well as any number of lead instruments ranging from woodwind to stringed instruments. Identified with swing and blue notes, Jazz has its roots both in the West African and European cultures. It is said that Jazz is “One of America’s original art forms” and boasts a unique combination of creativity, coactions, and interactivity. Originating in the late 19th to early 20th century, Jazz has also played an important role in introducing the world to a number of women performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, and Ethel Waters.