Everything you need to know about Jazz By aaron durst

To start, what is jazz? Where did it come from and what does it mean? Jazz doesn’t really have a deep origin story. ‘To jazz’ meant to fornicate, ‘jazzing’ meant having sex, ‘jazzbo’ was a person who loved the ladies and a jazz baby was an ‘easy’ women.

"One thing i like about jazz, kid, is that I don't know what's going to happen next, kid. Do you?" Bix Beiderbecke

Did you know that playing jazz music can actually alter the chemicals being emitted inside your brain? When Jazz musicians improvise, their brains turn off the dorsolateral, prefrontal, and lateral orbital regions. These are linked to self-censoring, inhibition, and introspection. Their brain also turns on the medial prefrontal cortex, letting self-expression flow.

"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know" -Louie Armstrong

Jazz musicians are actually pretty awesome. Believe it or not, jazz musicians have formed their own sort of sign language to signal when solos are completed. Usually a solo ending is cued with a nod or a point to the head, signaling the other players to play the “Head” or main section of the song.

"Jazz isn't just, 'Well, man, this is what i feel like playing' It's a very structured thing that comes down from a tradition and requires a lot of thought and study." -Winston Marsalis

Hope you enjoyed learning some things about jazz you might not have known! Hope to see you soon, Aaron :)

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Created with images by canorus - "Trombone Shorty in Black and White" • Paul Loubet - "jazz 5" • SPakhrin - "jazz" • the3cats - "flute musical instrument silver plated" • ElisaRiva - "head brain thoughts" • bcmom - "PEHS Jazz Band"

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