Traditional and Modern Jazz

Jazz music has changed quite a bit over the years. There have been many styles of Jazz to come to the music world. Some of the styles are not really considered Jazz music, but were influenced by Jazz.

jazzchurch-s460x460In the age of electronica where jazz was used in the beats, some of the musicians include Apex Twin, Portishead, Jazzanova, and St. Germain. Julien Lourau and the Cinematic Orchestra used this kind of music for their success. Some of these musicians, however, were able to keep the traditional jazz music and combined it with some newer stuff and are seen as more loyal to jazz. In the American Pop scene, the elements of jazz music were seen with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Christian Aguilera, and Norah Jones.

As a by product of jazz, Rhythm and Blues are more about soul and funk. There were quite a few artists that made their mark successfully with this kind of music. Some of them are Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Brian McKnight, Lauren Hill, Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, Teddy Riley, Levert, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Guy, En Vogue, Mariah Carey, Keith Sweat, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Robert Palmers.  Later on, with Pop music, other artists added some R&B elements to their songs such as Gwen Stephani, Britney Spears, and Pink. Jazz, throughout its history, has become a starting point for many different styles.

Many people still love jazz in its traditional style and fear that it may be lost forever because of the new innovations in music. A divide between the traditional and modern jazz lovers has been caused because of free thinking. Jazz was once the leading type of music but has now become an element of art in today’s world. Nothing about traditional jazz music has been changed, though, but many radio stations add all the music styles with elements of jazz into the “jazz music” grouping.

When you visit a jazz festival, the music played in many of them has a lot of African elements that do not even sound close to the original jazz. It’s the elements of jazz music, such as the chord progressions, the chromatic chordal harmony, and the complex rhythm that make these types of music be seen as jazz by many.