Jazz's roots dig deep into the darkest continent. This quintessential, uniquely American music genre's first ingredients were probably the driving rhythms of tribal drums. These were blended with slave work chants and the sinuous harmonies of Negro spirituals. The Celts' musical traditions were added - the folk music of Scots and Irish immigrants - and blended with the sounds of central Europe and Scandinavia as each new immigrant group contributed its musical heritage. New indigenous sounds like Blues, Gospel, Bluegrass and Country were stirred into this eclectic mix and Jazz was explosively born.
Artists include:Earl Hines, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller,
Woody Herman, Fats Waller, Harry James and many more.