Jazz Essays


Charlie and Marion in Babylon Revisited

decadent past lifestyle -- during the hey-day of the riotous jazz Age prior to the 1929 market crash and the ensuing Great Depression. It is in that period of loss that Charlie's life begins to change -- but not without a cost. Charlie's sister-in-law Marion cannot forgive Charlie for what he did to her sister, his wife: he locked her out of their home in the middle of winter after he saw her kiss another man. That night wandering in the cold was the "beginning of the end" for her and she later died. Marion and her husband Lincoln… Continue Reading...

Scott Fitzgeralds Babylon Revisited

titled The Last Time I Saw Paris. Set just a year after the 1929 stock market crash and the ' jazz Age', some flashbacks within the story take place within the jazz Age. The story references some instances of the Great Depression and how someone would have adapted their life in that era. In fact, the story is based on many of Fitzgerald's own experiences. For example, 'Scottie', his daughter is one of the people the story is based on along with his sister-in-law and husband. The story lends to the various feelings and thoughts of someone that feels and… Continue Reading...

Death and Faith from Existentialist Point Of View

'craftsmen': a chef of New Orleans, a carpenter of Japan, a guitarist of Flamenco and a jazz ensemble. The idea of introducing such people in the film was to present Heidegger's thought with real-life stories with 'temporality' faces that show 'anticipatory resoluteness'. It gives a definition and meaning to our lives through our projects, removing ourselves from 'the They' and thereby trying to understand the true ourselves. Altogether, it includes the positives of the philosophies of Heidegger and one's idea of applying it to their lives. But it looks strange for those who wish to enjoy their lives to… Continue Reading...

The Birth Of Jazz in New Orleans

New Orleans jazz The history of New Orleans was very interesting to me. It was nice to read about the city, as I knew nothing about it previously. What I most liked about this chapter was getting a sense of how the city came to be and what it was like for the people there. I was surprised to see life expectancy so low in that place for both blacks and whites. Looking back, it is not really surprising that jazz would come out of… Continue Reading...

How Jazz, Rag, and Blues Began

jazz Consisted of: • Folk and blues styles • Emphasis on: • simple harmony • rhythm • and improvisation (based on melody) • Mostly ensemble playing with all instruments playing together except for solos • syncopation The special conditions that gave rise to its development in New Orleans were: • Brass band marches were popular • The red-light districts known as "Storyville" had clubs where dance bands played • French quadrilles, ragtime and blues were popular there • The Afro-Creole and vaudeville shows were influences… Continue Reading...

Describing Artifacts from the 1960s

includes the song “Wild is the Wind,” which represents a powerful marriage between classical piano and blues/ jazz. Nina’s rich vocals and deep voice give the song a melancholy that couples with resonating romanticism. It is just one song on the record; others are: “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” “Either Way I Lose,” and “Break Down and Let It All Out.” With this record Nina reflects a cultural shift in America at the 1960s, moving beyond the traditional parameters of life and music and embracing a new frontier. It also embraces some of the racial tension… Continue Reading...

Music and Gym Workout

playlists available on Spotify), while the remaining four will include music from the jazz, Electronic, Classical and Rock/Pop genres. Regular exercisers will be made to randomly hear every sample and fill out a questionnaire following exposure to individual samples, the chief question being, to what extent they would prefer listening to such music in the course of exercise sessions. Respondents will be asked to provide a rating for individual samples on a scale of 1 to 7, followed by a brief comment on the piece heard. The second run will involve subjects being posed questions on their general musical… Continue Reading...

The Great Gatsby Essay

secure a permanent place as one of the greatest books ever written about the jazz Age. This paper discusses a summary of the novel, a brief analysis, a character rundown and some of the more pertinent themes. Introduction Teachers and college professors all over the world often bicker about which 20th century novel really deserves the label of, “the greatest American novel.” Fans of Steinbeck believe The Grapes of Wrath best encompass what it means to be American—in the construction of the nation, the development of the American west, and in the pioneer spirit of adventure and hardship that… Continue Reading...

Clint Eastwood

ethos—both its positive and negative components. In 1988, Eastwood directed a film about jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker in Bird. Bird remains one of the few Eastwood films that does not star him in an acting role, and represents a total departure from his previous movies. Yet Bird also highlights one of the essential elements of Eastwood’s directorial style, which is the use of jazz in soundtrack. Yet Eastwood’s other music drama, Honkytonk Man (1982) blends his Western orientation in cinema with his appreciation for music. Moreover, these films show how Eastwood came to associate most with stories with strong male… Continue Reading...

When Memory Speaks Autobiography by Jill Conway Essay

readings belows)  Jill Conway: https://www.amazon.ca/When-Memory-Speaks-Exploring-Autobiography/dp/0679766456 Sonya Lea: https://www.amazon.com/Wondering-Who-You-Are-Memoir-ebook/dp/B00RKI3NAY Regina McBride: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Songs-Memoir-Regina-McBride/dp/1941040438 Lacy M. Johnson: https://www.amazon.ca/Other-Side-Lacy-M-Johnson/dp/1935639838 Herta Müller: https://www.amazon.com/Land-Green-Plums-Herta-Müller/dp/0312429940 A.J. Albany: http://www.jerryjazzmusician.com/2003/11/amy-albany-author-of-low-down- jazz-junk-and-other-fairy-tales-from-childhood/ Actual Essay: When Conway claims in the first sentence of When Memory Speaks that autobiography is “the most popular form of fiction for modern readers,” readers will immediately raise flags of protest (3). After all, autobiography can hardly be considered a form of fiction when it is defined as the truth-filled personal memoirs of those whose stories lend insight into the lived experiences of readers. When Memory Speaks is Conway’s musings on the potency of autobiography as a genre. In this book, Conway analyzes… Continue Reading...

History Political Social Economic Culture African American

flourishing of arts, literature, and music that characterized the Harlem Renaissance. jazz, blues, rock and roll, funk, soul, and hip-hop all originated in African American communities and thereafter became part of the broader American vernacular. African American filmmakers, visual artists, and fashion designers have also communicated political awareness and cultural pride through their media. References Allen, W. (1992). The color of success. Harvard Educational Review 62(1): 26-45. Brody, G.H., Zolinda, S. & Douglas, F. (1996). Parental religiosity, family processes, and youth competence in rural, two-parent African American families. Developmental Psychology, 32(4), 696-706. Burton, L.M. (1996). Age norms, t he timing… Continue Reading...

Describe Yourself in Three Words or Less” by Rita Dove

in “Describe Yourself in Three Words or Less” is somewhat random, almost like a jazz rendition: it proceeds at whatever pace the poet prefers, jumping about haphazardly or resting and allowing the words to roll out leisurely. The meter is not consistent throughout, but the rhythm does pick up and move at a quick clip, with barely 3-4 beats per line in the middle of the poem. There is also no rhyme scheme in the poem. Dove essentially tells that reader that she is not going to try to please anyone but herself and she is certainly not going… Continue Reading...

Why the Beatles Were Loved

together in 1958—young but passionate musicians from Liverpool, England, who wanted to play jazz, blues and folk music on improvised instruments. By 1962, they had added Ringo Starr to the group. With Starr on drums, the group’s first single “Love Me Do” hit the airwaves and changed the face of pop music forever. Beatlemania became a thing and the Beatles themselves became “more popular than Jesus,” as Lennon put it four years later to a London journalist (Runtagh). The Beatles surely did make history (whether they were ever actually bigger than Jesus was a controversial point): they had more… Continue Reading...

The Great Gatsby and Jazz

The jazz Age and Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the great novel of the Lawless Decade—the Roaring Twenties or the jazz Age, as it was otherwise known. It was a time of easy credit and flowing cash. It was a time of Prohibition, when alcohol had been outlawed and people looking for a good time had to go underground to the speakeasies, where they drank their liquor in hiding. To be human meant to be a criminal, and thus… Continue Reading...