Musical Styles-From the Blues to Modern Pop
Singing the Blues
The blues are one of the earliest forms of music that become popular in the U.S. However, it didn’t originate here. Today’s blues songs are remnants of African American spirituals and work songs sung during the period of slavery. From this music arose the blues and jazz.
Jazz and Rock n’ Roll
Jazz morphed out of the blues, and was first heard and recognized as being a distinct sound in New Orleans. Personalized from city to city and individual to individual, jazz takes on the soul of whoever is playing at the moment. Louis Armstrong was the founder of modern jazz.
Country music originated in the eastern mountains as well as the American southwest and was made very popular by western TV shows. Pop music is easy to sing along to and almost always melodic and rhythmic. Many sub-genres of both country and pop music exist today.