Music has always been a beacon of unity for people of all cultures. In the 1930’s specifically, Jazz was the new music genre that was bringing all types of people together to enjoy this one thing. Even though there were many factors of separation in America at the time, such as segregation and the Great Depression, people have still found a way to have a great time.
Now, the along the theme of unity, the origins of Jazz have a similar structure; the components of this genre have some very intriguing birthplaces. The drums and the upbeat tempo of Jazz originated in Africa, while the strings and symphonies came from London and parts of Europe. Also, the vocals came from Latin American culture and music like the Samba and Merengue. The combination of all of these elements were formed first and more commonly seen in New Orleans in the early 1900s. In the picture above we can see the Cotton Club, one of New York’s most prestigious Jazz clubs in the 1930s. Though the performers were mostly African American, people of all races, class and types were able to come here and have a fun night of dance and music. We can see the parallel themes of unity associated with Jazz, and see that it’s not only just a form of music, but a peace maker as well.
– Kyle Chapman