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The jazz history and jazz age is characteristic of technological advancements in the form of car, air travel, and telephone. However, this age between 1918 and 1929 also saw a change in lifestyles of people, which was now marked with pursuit of pleasure. Jazz History is reflected in the literary works of that time, notably by authors, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Jazz Music - The jazz age and jazz history also saw the birth of a new style of music which was rooted in African American musical traditions. The African slaves in America were largely attributed for its birth. From its time of origin in 1930s till 1960s, jazz music went through a sea of changes in the form of improvisations. It gave birth to various other forms of jazz music, such as Swinging jazz of 1930s, Cool jazz of 1940s, and Latin, Modal, and Soul jazz of 1950s and 1960s.
Jazz Fusion – If you look at jazz history, late 1960s and early 1970s saw the blend of jazz with rock, much against the liking of jazz purists. Pioneers of jazz fusion include, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie hancock, guitarists Larry Coryell and John McLaughlin, Frank Zappa, Al Di Meola, drummer Tony Williams, bassist-composer Jaco Pastorius, and jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, Sun Ra, Narada Michael Walden, Wayne Shorter.
Smooth Jazz - The late 1970s and early 1980s jazz history saw the innovation of smooth jazz, which became immensely popular. Although, it moved away from the original innovation of jazz music, it stood its ground throughout the 80s. Kenny G was one of the most notable jazz musicians of this genre. His use of the saxophone made this music softer. Other famous saxophonists of this style were Grover Washington and Najee.
Jazz Rap - The late 1980s jazz history saw a new kind of fusion between hip-hop and jazz, called Jazz Rap. Composers who became famous in this genre were Gill Scott Heron, Gang Starr, and Stetsasonic.
Jazz Urban - The 2000s saw the blend of jazz with urban music. Notable performers of this style of music are Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse. Debates are rife as to whether these musicians can be considered jazz musicians at all or not.
Jazz music and jazz history continues to be experimented with and improvised upon, producing new sounds and new harmonies.