LESSON 4 - Instruments and Styles

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  1. Dixieland
  2. Boogie-Woogie
  3. Swing
  4. Be-Bop
  5. Ragtime

Assignment: Instruments
Test yourself. Which instruments are associated with Jazz? Begin with Brass.
Assignment: Websearch
Name ten instruments that play in the rhythm section of a jazz band.
Assignment: (in conjunction with the Musicians' page)
Investigate Jazz Styles

Other Jazz styles include:

Progressive Jazz or Cool Jazz which make use of unusual time signatures and harmonic ostinatos. Also, classical instruments like violin and flute are sometimes used in progressive jazz groups e.g. Dave Brubeck Quartet and Oscar Peterson.

Third Stream Jazz which occurs when serious classical music is mixed with a jazz idiom e.g.Gollowog's Cakewalk by Debussy (1906) and Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin (1924)

New Wave Jazz which experiments with microtones and other avant-garde features.