Posted on the 13 December 2017 by Charles Parker

Dixieland is one of the genres of jazz music that developed in the early 20th century in New Orleans in the early 20th century. It was played by black and white musicians. It is considered to be the first real jazz genre.

Dixieland development and composition

The original Dixieland music was influenced, among other things, by the combination of march music and the staccato and the ragtime music. Blues tonality did not appear in the original Dixieland.

After the golden age of the 1950s, a style called Progressive Dixieland developed. It blended the original Dixieland music into a newer bebop style. Today there are three types of Dixieland music: Chicago Jazz, West Coast Revival and New Orleans Traditional. These styles have been blended with more blues and solo projection. In addition, for example, the rhythm has become more flexible and quadruplicated.

The typical Dixieland composition includes a drum kit, piano, clarinet, cornet or trumpet and trumpet. Of these, the role of piano and drums was to support and form a rhythm that emphasises second and fourth strikes. The Kornet / Trumpet plays the melodic sound improvising only a little, and the trumpet forms the chord base. Clarinet decorates music with the patterns above the solo voice.

In later stages, the Dixieland composition was bred with a bass guitar or double bass, banjo or guitar.

Famous Dixieland bands

The first album recorded by Dixieland was the Original Dixieland Jass Band. Other Dixieland bands include Bob Cats and Mugsy Spanier.


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