American musicians

American musicians

The second quarter of the 20th century is the era of the highest heyday of jazz culture. The USA has become the cradle of this musical genre, and the New Orleans jazz is rightfully considered a gold classics. Initially, jazz arose as a synthesis of blues and ragtime, and its main distinctive feature was always improvisation of performance. But in the 1920s an important event for jazz culture happened – a swing was born. If to generalize, it is a bit ripple, which gives the music an amazing rhythm and vivacity. However, the classics of the 20s, such great performers as Benny Carter, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, always said that singling out the jazz is meaningless, since without the first the second can not exist. Also they often said that swing is a kind of special feeling that

allows you to master the jazz composition, that gives music its own life, with a head submerging the listener into it. Like any other epochal direction in music, jazz could not but reflect the processes taking place in American society. In particular, the Great Depression adversely affected the development of this genre. Many music theoreticians and critics believe that with the advent of the 30s, the era of the classical jazz school ended forever, they are accused of swing exclusively for commercial purposes.

Agree with these theses or not – a personal matter for everyone, but among the many amazing jazz performers of the 40’s it is worth highlighting at least one. Glenn Miller and his orchestra became one of the symbols of the musical culture of the United States of the pre-war period. His vision of jazz is still considered exceptional, and the compositions of Glenn Miller’s Orchestra are deservedly called swing classics. During the war, Miller managed, when enrolled in the fleet, to perform with the orchestra in front of US and British servicemen. Unfortunately, his life was mysteriously cut short in forty years, when the plane that brought him to Paris, disappeared over the English Channel in 1944.

The Second World War was coming to an end, and the jazz era was also ending. Undoubtedly, all the time, up to the present day there have appeared exceptionally talented jazz performers, but so far no one has managed to reach that extraordinary level of performance of the classics of the first half of the 20th century.


American musicians