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On February 26, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass Band released the world’s first jazz record. The record’s two songs, “Livery Stable Blues” and “Dixie Jass Band One Step,” became instant hits and introduced millions of people to the new genre of music.
 
Like jazz itself, the Original Dixieland Jass Band (they later changed the spelling) got its start in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dixieland jazz combined traditional African rhythms, as well as earlier musical styles like ragtime, blues, and marches. It also included new aspects like improvisation, which remains a standard in jazz music today.
 
Unlike other early jazz pioneers, most members of the Original Dixieland Jass Band were white. Jazz quickly became associated with the African American experience, however, and legends such as W.C. Handy and Louis Armstrong led its early expression.
aspect
Noun

view or interpretation.

blues
Noun

musical style associated with jazz.

economic
Adjective

having to do with money.

genre
Noun

category of art.

improvisation
Noun

act or performance executed without previous preparation.

international
Adjective

having to do with more than one country.

introduce
Verb

to create, begin, or make an idea known for the first time.

jazz
Noun

American musical style with many variations, often featuring strong rhythms and difficult solos.

Noun

movement of a group of people or animals from one place to another.

pioneer
Noun

person who is among the first to do something.

Noun

any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.

rhythm
Noun

musical pattern or beat.