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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.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    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.

    migration 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.

    region Noun

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

    Encyclopedic Entry: region
    rhythm Noun

    musical pattern or beat.