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Updated: 10/21/2017 05:48:54PM

Jazz: ‘An American gift to the world’

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Richard Ramos

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At the dawn of the 20th century, African and European musical traditions blended in the black communities of the southern United States to produce a uniquely American musical genre — jazz.

In the century since its birth, jazz has evolved a variety of distinctive styles, such as: New Orleans, swing, big band, Afro-Cuban, Latin and other jazz styles. Musical characteristics overlaid on loosely defined temporal periods exemplify many jazz styles.

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