Bostonand Jazz Music
Jazzis a music genre whose origin is as a result of the African and theEuropean interaction. New Orleans is the special place that boost asthe origin of jazz. Being a port during the trans-Atlantic trade, thecity hosted people from various races and origins. During theinteractions, music practices from the two regions were integrated tocome up with the powerful jazz genre. Louis Armstrong is perhaps thepersonality who carries the greatest credit in as much as thedevelopment of jazz music is concerned. Jazz music is among the mostcelebrate culture in the United States history and command asignificant market share. There is no universal definition of theterm jazz, but all I can say is that jazz is an art, a lifestyle, ajourney or milestone. Jazz later spread all over the United States.The goal of this exposition is to investigate the origin andinfluence of jazz music in Boston.
Jazzmusic in Boston was developed by the presence of night clouds alongthe streets of the city. Jazz music became a common music in theclubs as competition loomed for entertainment. At some point,renowned jazz musicians including Duke Ellington and Charlie Parkercould be heard in the clubs performing live. However, it was theopening of the StoryVille by Boston`s native George Wein thatcommercialized the concept of jazz performance in Boston clubs. Withthe increased competition, other clubs set in their branches inBoston city including Billie Holiday, Dave Brubeck and musicians suchas Sarah Vaughan and Errol Garner. Hi-hit, Roseland, and the SavoyCafé are among the leading clubs in the 1940`s, and 50`s that hostedsome of the remarkable jazz musicians. Currently, Boston hostnumerous renowned jazz clubs in the United States including theWally’s Café, beehive and Johnny D’s. All the clubs mentionedwere mentioned during the 40’s when jazz got first in Boston(Peretti,1994).
Jazzmusic has received a significant reception and is considered one ofthe top jazz cities. However, demographics implies that Boston is thefourth largest city in jazz followers and popularity behind New YorkCity at position one and Los Angeles. At number three is Chicagofollowed by San Francisco to make it top five cities that have a hugefollowing of jazz music. California is no doubt the state with a hugefollowing, but it is closely followed by New York. Considering thegeographical proximity of California, Massachusetts, and New Yorkstates are among the state with the largest proportion of jazzenthusiast in the United States. Jazz music, therefore, continues todominate the way Boston life is managed.
NewOrleans by all means deserve the bragging rights as the home of jazzmusic because it is where it originated. The other jazz leadingcenters namely New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco andAtlanta are all recipients who used jazz position themselves. Bostonjazz history was propagated by the numerous jazz clubs that made it afamous jazz town. New York City is the largest jazz city in the worldbragging of hosting world-class jazz artist. Los Angeles, on theother hand, have a great influence on the jazz scene because ofcity`s capability in music production for commercial purposes.Although New Orleans is somehow neglected, it produces some of thebest jazz artists but Los Angeles plays a pivotal role in hostingthem. The population of these large cities create opportunities forbigger market share, development, and growth of jazz music ingeneral. However, despite the greater competition in the jazz field,Boston continues to enjoy a significant popularity in jazz music, andits clubs continue to be a cherished destination for many Americans.
Bostonjazz music started as an entertainment front but later developed intoan art. That can be proved by the establishment of an institutionsuch as the Berkley College of Music and the New EnglandConservatory. Berkley College of Music is an institution in theBoston that offer music and contemporary education in the UnitedStates. NEC on its part was established to nurture talent and offereducation for jazz music to facilitate its development. The commonaspect of the two is that they were both established with an aim ofdeveloping the music industry and more so jazz. Jazz has a longhistory in the setting of Boston and as such the need to develop thegenre to enable integration of emerging issues. Through training andresearch, superior vocals are identified to help in achieving greaterbenefits in jazz music. Both the Berklee and NEC develop talent andnurture individuals to make them superior jazz artist and helpmaintain the position of Bolton in the jazz music genre (Wall& Barber, 2015).
NECwas established with the main intention of improvising andcomposition of the basic variables that improved jazz. In thataspect, NEC provides nurturing and mentorship programs on a one onone basis especially using a top artist. It aims at studying jazz asa discipline based on musical knowledge of self-expression andsuperior techniques. This has in the long-run made Boston boost ofthe various artist it have developed through the mentorship program.Developing the local talents and music in general. Berklee on itspart is so specific and aims at improving the level of and quality ofjazz music. In this regard, the institution studies the vocals andrecommend any meaningful alteration that can improve the currentstatus. Artist and students are improved their vocals, dancing andother contemporary jazz techniques to form a strong jazz culture forBoston. Boston is a landmark in as much as jazz music is concernedand these two institutions have played a leading role in establishingthat position. Continued consultation and interdependence between thetwo institutions. NEC and Berklee would greatly help improve thequality of jazz music in Boston city.
Consideringthe two institutions, growth in the jazz music have been experiencedby differing magnitude. New England Conservatory have awell-structured system that place focus on major factors thatinfluence the growth of this genre of music. In that case, manydepartments and faculties have been established in the institution tohelp in improving the level of music. NEC have categorized itsdepartments into two major categories namely the performance and theacademic departments. Relevant to our topic, the performancedepartment is perhaps the most resourceful department for a personpursuing a passion for jazz music. Among the departments in theperformance, the portfolio includes voice and opera, contemporaryimprovisation, composition, chamber music and conducting. Al thisdepartment have been established to ensure perfection in the variousaspect necessary in writing, producing, singing, and performing jazzmusic. They are therefore vital in total growth and development ofthe jazz genre (Vacca, 2012).
Voiceand opera department is the of the peak departments that help in thegrowth of jazz music. Every genre of music have a unique way thatdistinguish it from the rest and vocals are the leading factor thatproduce the difference. As such, young talents and emerging artistare taught on how to orchestrate their vocals to exert stronger voicecommands in the industry. The vocal pedagogy department is closelyrelated and has an important resource called the voice and soundanalysis laboratory that help students get real-time feedback on thedevelopment in their vocals. Students can identify their ability inthe vocal field and, hence, the appropriate genre of music toparticipate. They also help identify the specific roles that anindividual can play to produce a high-quality track and performancefor the greater good of jazz music. The improvisation department alsohelps in innovations in the music industry by seeking possiblecollaboration with other genres to improve the quality of jazz music.Music is a process that grows and develop and as such, jazz musichave to meet the emerging needs of the younger generations tocontinue appealing to the fans all over Boston and United States ingeneral.
Whentalking about jazz music, Boston city cannot be eliminated from thedebate because it is one of the places where jazz music have beenmade a culture. Boston is the fourth most popular city in the UnitedStates and as such is in a better position to develop and even becomethe leading jazz city in the world. Jazz clubs in Boston are aleading factor that have contributed to the exponential growth ofjazz in Boston. The above institutions, Berklee, and NEC have alsoplayed a pivotal role. Boston is currently the leading music centerconcerning learning because Berklee institution of music is theleading music school in the world. Jazz music growth in Boston candirectly be as a result of the numerous artist who visit andencourage young talents into the venture of jazz music. Bostoncurrently has leading jazz clubs as it was before, and many live jazzshows take place across the city frequently. That shows that jazz isstill an important aspect of the music history of Bostonians. Thecurrent status is that jazz is as relevant and lively as it were backthen and continued to enjoy considerable support.
Jazzis an improvisation genre but has a long history behind it just as isother songs. Boston has made jazz a culture and that can be evidencedby the annual jazz week celebration that goes on around Boston andthe entire state of Massachusetts. This is an occasion where all thejazz enthusiast meets and interact with an aim of improving thestatus of the art. This is a clear manifestation that the Bostoncommunity is committed and interested in jazz music and itsdevelopment. Berklee College also has regular jazz concerts that aimat developing talents, and that cannot go unrecognized becauserenowned jazz artist like Quincy Jones and Diana Krall. Boston is ajazz city and will continue (Compton, 2009).
Bostonis a center of jazz music and boast of numerous jazz artist. Renownedand upcoming artist entertain the huge population of residents ofBoston. One of the performing artist in Boston is Karen Burciaga. Sheis a local artist, violinist, and fiddler. Karen is talented andperforms a long range of music including classics and jazz. Herperformance is done in various setting including concerts, colonialtravel, and churches. Her most preferred performance is the soloalthough she can effectively do a duo. She has an exceptionalbackground in music because she hold masters of music degree and haveperformed milestone themes including the folk music of the UnitedKingdom. Although her career did not solely major in jazz music, hervarious performance of the 1920`s jazz music makes her an exceptionaltalent Boston have. She has made significant progress in her careerby forging numerous collaboration in Europe the latest being becominga fiddler for Newpoli (Bogdanov, V. (2002).
Jazzmusic is a cultural integration in music between the European andAfrican during the trans-Atlantic trade. New Orleans is the origin ofjazz and Boston introduced jazz in the clubs. Jazz is a culture thatis growing and Boston astonishing interest in jazz music have made itproduce on of the most cherished jazz destinations in the UnitedStates. Many institution has erupted including Berklee College ofmusic aimed at improving the level of music in the country.Nevertheless, jazz continues to influence the music life ofBostonians and improve their cultural heritage. Currently, jazzcontinues to enjoy embattled support in Boston, and the city isranked fourth regarding jazz popularity in the United States. This isnot a mean fate to achieve given that Boston is less populated thanother cities it is ranked ahead. Jazz is as lively and relevant inBoston entertainment as it is to New York and Los Angeles.