Jazz Blues Tickets

Jazz and Blues are two different music genres, which are often coupled in a sentence. Both genres have deep roots in the 19th and 20th century’s African-American communities of the Deep South. According to Joe Mathieu, a guitar player, “The difference between blues and jazz is a hard one to answer.”


Blues refers to a specific type of chord progression and a genre built on this. Jazz, on the other hand, is much harder to explain since it encompasses a broad range of music ranging from the late 19th century ragtime to present day fusion music. While two different genres, Jazz and Blues have striking similarities. If you are looking for Jazz Blue tickets, click here.


Origins of Jazz

In 1912, an article in the Los Angeles Times appeared in which a minor league baseball pitcher described a pitch, which he called jazz ball “because it wobbles and you simply can’t do anything with it.” Jazz, in its present day musical context was first used in a Chicago Daily Tribune’s article, published in 1915.


One of the reasons why it has been hard to definitely describe Jazz is rooted in the lack of consensus amongst the Jazz musicians and commentators. Different commentators and enthusiasts prefer a more restrictive approach in defining Jazz, where some type of music is excluded from Jazz. The musicians’ approach, however, is different and can be summed up in Duke Ellington’s quote: “It’s all music”.


Origins of Blues

Blues probably has its origins in the phrase “blue devils” – referring to sadness and melancholy. With time, “devils” has lost its meaning and the “blue” has increasingly come to be referred to the state of depression or agitation. By the 1800s, blues meant drinking alcohol. Blue law meant a Sunday on which the sale of alcohol was prohibited. The term “Blues” was first printed in 1912, which coincides with the first publication of the term “Jazz” in a Los Angeles Times’ article.


The Brief History of Jazz

The history of Jazz isn’t old; it dates back to the late 19th to early 20th century interpretations of European and American classical music entwined with slave folk songs.  Over time, Jazz’s style and composition have changed with each performer giving it their own improvisation and interpretation. This has made this musical genre rich and diverse.


The Brief History of Blues

The emergence of Blues music coincides with the end of slavery and the newly acquired freedom of the African-Americans. This musical genre also has its roots in the African music and the religious music of African-American communities. Blues has evolved from its early days of oral traditions of slaves and unaccompanied vocal music to other styles and subgenres. Blues has branched off into West Coast Blues, Chicago Blues, Piedmont Blues, Delta Blues and country Blues. World War II saw the Blues music transit from acoustic to electric blues and the wider acceptability of the music with more and more white Americans listening to it. In the 1960s and 1970s, Blues further branched off into Blues rock.


The Most Popular Blues and Jazz Artists

John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Ian Stewart, Ma Rainey, B.B. King, Dr. John, Ray Charles, Robert Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Janis Joplin, W.C. Handy, Little Richard, Nina Simone, Ike Turner, Patti LaBelle, Muddy WTaters, Eric Clapton, Linda Martell, Bessie Smith, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Gladys Knight are some of the most popular Blues and Jazz artists in the world. If you are looking for Jazz Blue tickets for sale, click here.


Blues Rock

As the name suggest, Blues rock incorporates elements of both rock and Blues. It is electric ensemble-style music. This subgenre of Blues emerged in the mid-1960s and since then has undergone several stylistic shifts. These changes have led to the emergence of heavy metal, Southern rock and hard rock music. The artists and bands that helped popularize Blues rock in the US were: Canned Heat, Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Lonnie Mack. Initial Blues rock pioneers in the UK were: the Animals, the Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones.


Which Came First?

That Jazz has its roots in the Blues is a commonly held notion. In reality, both music genres came out at the same time and share much in common. Blues is both a musical genre and form, while Jazz is a musical art form.