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7 Interesting Facts about Jazz You May Not Know

By Sumit Chakrabarti

13 February, 2017

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The good old jazz music is alive and kicking! Yes, far from being dead that many assume.

It’s a fact that popularity of peppy pop and head-banging rock took some sheen away from jazz, but a music genre with such strong roots can’t simply fade away.

Here are some interesting facts that would make you curious to know more.

Listen to this latest jazz fusion to get a glimpse!


Simply Falling - Iyeoka


1. Jazz is the Most Hybrid form of ‘Black Music’

Between the 19th and 20th century, jazz was created as a typically “Black Music” to stand alone. It is perhaps the most hybrid style of music that drew influence from European Chamber Music, Afro rhythm, and even modern rock/pop.


Black Power


2. The Origin of the Word ‘Jazz’ is Controversial

There have been different theories as to when the word “jazz” was used for the first time. Here they are:
  • The word appeared first time in print in 1913 when baseball players and sportswriters in
  • California used the term as a synonym for “enthusiasm
  • It was first time referred as an improvised music in 1915
  • Musician Clarence Williams was said to have used “jazz” for the first time in a song
  • It was first used as a casual or slang word, which means “to fornicate” or have sex

Mick Jenkins - "Jazz"


3. Jazz has around 40 sub-genres!

You heard it right! This versatile music style has three broad categories of sub-genres -- Early Jazz, Modern Jazz, and Jazz Related. Each of these eras got a list of sub-genres and all of them together the number is around 40, including Bop, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Cool Jazz, World Fusion, Latin Jazz, and Funk.


Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga: But Beautiful

4. The Words like “Cool,” “Hip” and “Funky” came from Jazz!

The words “cool,”“hip” and “funky” that we use in this era of modern rock, pop and hip-hop music actually originated from Jazz! These words are part of the famous jazz slangs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ScjucUV8v0

Christina Aguilera - Candyman


5. ‘International Jazz Day’ is Celebrated Every Year

The UNESCO has declared April 30 as the ‘International Jazz Day’ where events are organized to educate people about the significance of this music genre for spreading peace, love, and unity.

All Stars - International Jazz Day - April 30, 2016


6. Jazz and Hollywood Movies Go a Long Way Back

Some of the classic and modern Hollywood movies had jazz music in them. Here are some examples:
  • Casablanca (1942)
  • The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
  • The Great Gatsby (1974)
  • Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
  • Born to Be Blue (2015)

 Born to Be Blue


7. Bollywood Movies Got Jazz Too!

It’s true! Some of the foot-tapping Bollywood numbers got jazz fusions. Some of the songs that have jazz influence are:
  • Babuji Dheere Chalna (Aar-Paar; 1954)
  • Ek Ladki Bheegi (Chalti ka Naam Gaadi; 1958)
  • Dil Ko Hazar Baar (Murder; 2004)
  • Khwabon Ke Parindey (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara; 2011)
  • Girls Like to Swing (Dil Dhadak Ne Do, 2015)

Khwabon Ke Parindey - Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

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