|The musical world of Jazz is as rich as it diverse. A genre of music commonly associated with the USA Jazz, like its musical cousins Blues and Country, has its origins in the African American southern communities of the early 20th century.
During its long and varied evolution many styles would come to be associated with Jazz. Dixieland, the Big Band, New Orleans, Bebpop, Latin, Fusion and Acid could all be said shelter under the Jazz umbrella.
With a theme consisting of a melody sitting within the chord progression Jazz compositions may follow the traditional 12-bar blues format or the 32-bar form associated with song. Still there are now hard and fast rules of Jazz as some forms and sub-genres can be much more complex with an array of different themes. With this in mind musical ability is a hallmark of Jazz. Pioneers and virtuosos of the piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harmonica, bass, guitar, banjo, drums, percussion and keyboard would, and continue go down in musical history. Miles Davies, often leading the vanguard embracing new styles and techniques, Charlie 'Bird' Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton, Larry Adler, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Art Blakey, Wes Montgomery, Chuck Flores, Art Pepper, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Pino Palladino, Tommy Smith and Johnny Dankworth all excelled and continue to flourish with the Jazz world. Romantic and hard, simple and complex, lush and disjointed, there are few musical form that offer so much; Jazz is one.
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