By: Kemi Ajenifuja & Taylor Bennett (C Period)
Joi Marlowe & Anna Lynch (E Period)


"But jazz to me is one of the inherent expressions of Negro life in America;
the eternal tom-tom beating in the Negro soul--the tom-tom of revolt against
against weariness in a white world, a world of subway trains, and work, work,
work; the tom-tom of joy and laughter, and pain swallowed in a smile."

--Langston Hughes

Jazz Music
Jazz music grew in quickly in the United States and also influenced other parts of the world. After, WWI, around 500,000 poorly paid African Americans moved to the northern part of the United States in search of better jobs. They brought their culture to New York during the Harlem Renaissance. African Americans contributed to the period by writing and performing. Many people took an interest in music in the 1920’s. People owned pianos, played sheet music, and listened to records


This video gives a brief overview of the revolution of music during the Roaring 20's.

Influential Jazz People

Bessie Smith

Empress of the Blues
Empress of the Blues

Bessie Smith earned the title of “Empress of the Blues” by virtue of her forceful vocal delivery and command of the genre. Her singing displayed a soulfully phrased, boldly delivered and nearly definitive grasp of the blues. In addition, she was an all-around entertainer who danced, acted and performed comedy routines with her touring company. She was the highest-paid black performer of her day and arguably reached a level of success greater than that of any African-American entertainer before her. Smith was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
[Source: http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/bessie-smith]

Love Me Daddy Blues - Bessie Smith[http://www.imeem.com/bluesmusic/music/BdvJ07Ix/bessie_smith_love_me_daddy_blues/]
- This site is was used to express some of the musical talents that were used during the 1920's.

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong (1901-1971)

Louis Armstrong has performed in front of many different types of audiences, from all different types of races. He has played for Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, King Ory, and many others. He is still known today for his talented music playing.


George Gershwin (1898-1936)

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George Gershwin was an American composer, whose compositions mark the entrance of America into the serious international classical music world. His musicals and popular songs are among the finest in those genres, and his art-music compositions are infused with jazz and popular music.Today he remains one of America’s most beloved popular musicians.
[Source: http://www.balletmet.org/Notes/GeorgeG.html]

Jazz Groups & Other Pictures