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The facts included in this diagram are either facts with source listed, generally-known facts, memes, or our own ideas drawn from listening to musical recordings.
JAZZ IN DEVELOPMENT
1860s - c. 1900
Civil War, 1861-1865: Union and Confederate army bands exist throughout the South. As a result, slavery is made illegal and the Confederacy is under Union control again.
c. 1860s-c. 1900: Blues music spreads from singing in the plantations to pianists. During this era, different blues styles existed throughout the Midwest and the South.
DIXIELAND/NEW ORLEANS JAZZ
PEAK OF JAZZ INFLUENCE c. 1900: Bolden pioneered the idea of the jazz band and got history's great music in "full swing". For more information, visit this link:
c. 1900 - early 1930s
mid 1940s - early 1960s
Buddy Bolden (cornet)
Bunk Johnson (trumpet)
King Oliver (trumpet)
George Lewis (clarinet)
Sydney Bechet (saxophone)
Mezz Mezzrow (clarinet)
BIG BAND/SWING MUSIC
c. 1930s - mid 1940s
Big Band Leaders:
with Charlie Parker
Within a few years of being in the Barnet Band, "Dodo" was a leading bebop pianist.
mid 1940s - c. 1960
Bebop developed separately with different musicians and bands, so the layout of this section is done accordingly.
The Midwest, late 1930s: alto saxophonist Charlie Parker forms his own version of bebop, using the tune "Cherokee" as his base for modern improvisation
Early 1940s: Charlie Parker performs and records with Jay McShann; by this time, his style is almost completely developed
New York area, early 1940s: Gillespie, a top-quality professional trumpeter, writes some compositions for big bands and begins to develop his own version of bebop
Early 1940s: his band begins to play bebop-influenced phrasing, especially on the "Moose"
- - - Early-to-mid 1940s: Recording ban brings halt to most bebop recordings - - -
Mid 1940s: now both in New York without a recording ban, Parker and Gillespie make significant breakthroughs for bebop with some early recordings; Gillespie composes several bebop tunes
See the West Coast section
Early 1946: Parker and Gillespie tour in California, but Parker stays behind in Southern California; Parker begins recording bebop in Southern California
Early 1946: Included in Parker's bebop group in California is Marmarosa, former member of the Barnet Band
1947-1948: pianist Tadd Dameron becomes an important figure in bebop. Parker returns to the East Coast after his period in a California hospital in better health; he makes numerous recordings with Miles Davis
Late 1940s: Parker returns to the East Coast
c. 1950: Parker performs with bands and orchestras before his health declines once more
c. 1950: The West Coast's own version of bebop develops
1950s: soul jazz develops on the East Coast
mid 1950s - 1960s
Gets together his band of "stars", including musicians like Lucky Thompson, J.J. Johnson, and Horace Silver, for the Walkin' album in 1954.
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
Drummer Art Blakey's "Jazz Messengers" band records the now-famous "Moanin'" in 1957 with pianist Bobby Timmons.
Soul Jazz in the Early 1960s
In the early 1960s, soul jazz became popular through jazz musicians like Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, and Lee Morgan. Increasingly, it borrowed elements from other genres.
early 1960s - present
This tune, which has only two chords (D minor and Eb minor), was recorded around the beginning of the era of experimental jazz. The original main musicians were John Coltrane (tenor saxophone) and Miles Davis (trumpet).
As the 60's progressed, experimental jazz became increasingly popular among jazz musicians and took various forms, from free jazz to the "modal" kind of jazz that produced tunes like "So What".
To the Next Level
In the 70's and 80's, saxophone players like Michael Brecker used experimental jazz as a "springboard", if you will, for their own styles. Sticking to the chords was not a thing for these kinds of improvisers.
LATIN AMERICAN INFLUENCES
early 1960s - present
Around the same time as soul jazz and experimental jazz, southern influences were increasing in jazz music. Particularly strong was the influence of bossa nova from Brazil, but in general the craze for "Latin rhythms" has continued to the present.