They say that you can be totally in awe of jazz or not like the sound of it. Yes, that is what this genre does for you. There is no middle path. You like it or you hate. Nothing more or nothing less does it. And this is precisely why musicians over the years have either made it big in jazz or never dared to touch it.
The audiences that love jazz:
People who love listening to jazz don’t particularly have any reason for liking it. For most of the audiences jazz is more than a genre of music. It is an emotion that they relate to. It is not a coincidence that people who are fond of jazz also are quite particularly fond of beat music, hip hp and bi-boy music.
Most of jazz is based on the improvisation:
If you are thinking what on earth is in jazz that makes it so surreal to its followers and so sacred to its listeners, it is the fact that the music is mostly an improvisation on the classics and the other streams of music. So a player can afford to have the absolute creative freedom to improve even as he is playing in front of his audience or merely practicing in his sound room!
But even the haters fall for it:
The world of music has crowned jazz to be its unsung king and even though a lot of people think that jazz per se does not suit their musical palate, yet when they hear some of the best hits being dished out by the veterans in the field they cannot help but fall for it albeit even momentarily and even before they realize it.
The fact that improvements can be continuously made to it does not make it sound retrograde in nature. On the contrary it goes on to show how progressive music can be especially in the context that someone or the other is continuously working on it as if it is an unfinished piece of art and still the outcome every time is sheer perfection, a melody made in heaven!
What is the root of the word?
Well, a little probing on the internet gave me the result that jazz per se has no meaning on its own even though it has been in the medieval times used to mean explicitly something that is controversial. To jazz in those times meant to have sexual relationship and jazzing as a verb meant capturing female adulation in order to fornicate or to have a sex orgy of some sort.
Clarence Williams, my research reveals was the first ever person who used the word jazz in one of the songs that he wrote talking about a relatively easy woman and then the name just stuck. It has been decades, but the music so known is nowhere even related to what the author originally meant it to be or the meaning of its times. Jazz definitely has acquired dignity over the course of the decades and today if you ask anyone if they like jazz music they would most definitely not cringe even at the mention of the word.
Jazz is extremely hybrid in nature:
Jazz music is known to be the most heterogeneous genre of music in the world. this is due to the fact that while the musicians itself draw inspiration from the various sources, they end up getting inspired from so many different and unrelated genres that in the end the result is outstandingly beautiful.
They can be inspired from African style rhythm beats, to soft ballroom music to the hip hop and pop music of our times. The inspiration can be as diverse in nature and spectrum but then they are collaborated as one they come out with surreal beauty. Jazz is yet again something that can never be replicated by other music types and also that which cannot be tolerated by some genres. But when the genres meet and unite, the new music so formed if revolutionary and almost like it was waiting to be heard – to be given a chance!
Jazz is an emotion:
For people who have grown up listening to jazz it is an emotion that they relate to. they feel complete with that kind of music in their lives. They probably relate it to their fondest memories can recreate that magic for you if you care.