Jazz Camp West

Jazz fusion usually makes use of combined meters, odd time signatures, syncopation, complex chords, and harmonies. As noted above, jazz has incorporated from its inception features of African American sacred music including spirituals and hymns. Secular jazz musicians typically performed renditions of spirituals and hymns as a part of their repertoire or isolated compositions corresponding to “Come Sunday,” a part of “Black and Beige Suite” by Duke Ellington.

Hard bop was developed in the mid-Nineteen Fifties, coalescing in 1953 and 1954; it developed partly in response to the vogue for cool jazz in the early Nineteen Fifties and paralleled the rise of rhythm and blues. Miles Davis’ 1954 performance of “Walkin'” on the first Newport Jazz Festival announced the style to the jazz world. The quintet Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, led by Blakey and featuring pianist Horace Silver and trumpeter Clifford Brown, have been leaders within the onerous … Read More