Instruments used in Jazz Bands
Jazz music was originally created in New Orleans during the late period of 19th century. Since then it is a greatly popular kind of music. Jazz lies in everyone’s choice list and loved by almost all people in the world because of its innumerable kinds which fits to the mood of every type. That's why there are quite a few jazz bands out there...
Most instruments were included in jazz music by different artists over the previous century but finally the jazz music has engaged a limited number of instruments to be played and their respective sounds are creditworthy for its tremendous acceptance worldwide. Following are the instruments discussed which are used in jazz music.
The trumpet is prodigiously loud and evenly soft. It is a rhythmic effect that flows with the song and tune, despite of its size as compared to other instruments. Trumpet had its prevalence in the band of New Orleans which paved its way through and succeeded its inclusion in the band.
Saxophones were included in jazz during 1920s. Earlier they were used on streets and clubs. They were not the popular instrument but still they worked as a backbone of Jazz. Unlike the larger instruments like tuba and trombone, saxophones are easier to record exactly. Saxophones have dual properties. They also produce the music as of brass. It is the main reason that it bore enormous popularity. Now they are also being played in orchestras.
Piano is the most melodious instrument used in jazz music. Earlier, piano was not included in the list of the instruments of jazz bands but as Jazz is all about improvisation so by the passage of time as the evolution took place, piano also became a mainstay in a genre of Jazz, with its absence the genre will not remain a particular one as it becomes with the inclusion of piano. Scott Joplin is the most famous pianist of its time.
Drumming in Jazz is a special kind of art that is played in the rhythm sections. The different techniques of playing drums in Jazz are evolved over various time periods. This style of performance was first started by New Orleans (marching bands), its main origin. Jazz drumming method is different from the traditional European style, also it is easily a adjustable and gives a total new look to the music. Jazz drumming started to germinate in the start of 20th century - since then drums are commonly found in a jazz band.
Singer - Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz can be termed as the approach of voice to the instruments. Singing art in Jazz was first introduced by Louis Armstrong. Again as Improvisation is Jazz’s middle name, Armstrong said that it is the best way to evolve jazz music by adding vocals to the music, which can enhance its beauty to the greater extent.
According to a jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, “I don't feel like I'm singing, I feel like I'm playing the horn.” Her entrance into the world of jazz was itself a declaration.
From 1970 and onwards, jazz vocals are being led by many big names, some of them are, Maxine Sullivan, Sarah Vaughan, Mark Murphy, Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae and many more.
Jazz Upright Bass
The upright bass is also called string bass, double bass, bass violin, contrabass or bass fiddle. The Upright bass lies in the range of string section of Western Classical music. The person playing the bass is called bassist. The length of the upright bass goes up to six feet and it is manufactured by different kinds of wood including maple, spruce and ebony. It is played in orchestras. In Jazz, pizzicato is the normal unaccompanied bass music played. The playing position to play bass is either to sit or to stand. Lean towards the instrument and play the chords by fingers.
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