“I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything”(Maya Angelou). Southern music is a popular genre, enveloping some of the most popular kinds of music that people enjoyed back in the 1900s up to modern days. Also, southern music played a leading role in developing and inspiring other styles of American music. The South acted as the main origin of some of the greatest musicians recorded on the American timeline and enriched the art of American music.

Big Band web

"Big Band" by LeRoy Neiman (1921–2012)

This music was divided up into multiple sub-genres such as jazz, blues, country music, and rock and roll. “Since the 1920s jazz age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. As jazz spread around the world, it drew on different national, regional, and local musical cultures, which gave rise to many distinctive styles”(Wikipedia). Also, jazz was one of the most famous style of music during the 1930s and 1940s, in which it also gave birth to other genres. “First described as "jazz" in Chicago, this music rapidly won over young musicians and fans with its dance beat and spirited improvisations”(pbs). Over many countries, jazz gained more and more fame, stimulating band groups to be based off of jazz. Jazz was then divided into even smaller categories, such as gypsy jazz, Kansas city jazz, and cool jazz, leading to the rise of popular Southern musicians.
Early 1920's Jazz05:14

Early 1920's Jazz

Examples of Jazz Music in the Early 1930's

There were many significant musicians such as Elvis Aron Presley, who was born on January 8, 1935. “From very humble beginnings, Elvis Presley grew up to become one of the biggest names in rock and roll. Soon, Presley was everywhere—on the radio, television and the silver screen—working as a musician and actor”(Biography). “Since the beginning of his career, Elvis Presley has had an extensive cultural impact. It was Elvis who made rock 'n' roll the international language of pop"(Wikipedia). He impacted not only the growth of rock and roll, but also influenced southern music in general and even southern culture. As his songs grew fame, rock and roll became more and more popular, which added to the popularity of southern music.

The 20s - The Jazz Age05:19

The 20s - The Jazz Age

Southern Music (Jazz) Explained

Jazz rooted from and influenced blues, rock and roll, and country music. One of the most famous musicians that helped the growth of southern figure in musical means.

Works Cited:

Big Band. “Country Jazz.”

Early 1920's Jazz. Young Hollywood Family, 9 Oct. 2012, Accessed 23 Apr. 2017.

“How the Blues Affected Race Relations in the United States.” How the Blues Affected Race Relations in the United States, Accessed 22 Apr. 2017.

Jazz, All About. “History of Jazz Timeline: 1900.” All About Jazz, Accessed 22 Apr. 2017.

“Jazz.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Apr. 2017, Accessed 22 Apr. 2017.

Neinman, LeRoy. Big Band., Kenneth E. Behring Center, Washington, D.C, 2009, Accessed 23 Apr. 2017.

“PBS.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, Accessed 22 Apr. 2017.

Ratliff, Ben. “The Jazz Life, a Reading List Selected by Ben Ratliff, Music Writer for The New York Times.” New York Times.

Son, J.W. Pepper and. “Gospel Treats for Jazz Piano ( Piano Music) | J.W. Pepper Sheet Music.” Gospel Treats for Jazz Piano ( Piano Music) | J.W. Pepper Sheet Music, Accessed 23 Apr. 2017.

The 30s - The Jazz Age. American History Rules, 17 Mar. 2011, Accessed 23 Apr. 2017.

Pages in category "Southern music"

This category contains only the following page.

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.