During the later part of the 1800’s, all manner of Europeans immigrated to America’s cities seeking their fortunes in this “land of opportunity. “French quadrilles, Spanish flamenco, Irish jigs, German waltzes and so many other varied musical traditions arrived in our cities and ports. These European groups have a vast influence on the way music was played in the United States. The African American composer Scott Joplin combined European compositional styles with the rhythmic and melodic music that came from the black community. This style of music became known as “ragtime.” In the 1890’s, ragtime was centered in Missouri where many talented musicians lived to perfect their music. To “rag” a song meant to drag out certain notes and rearrange music to make it livelier.
Also, in the early 1890’s, blues music emerged from the traditions of spirituals and work songs born of the 1700’s. In performing the blues, singers used the power of their voices to express their feelings.
Both styles of music – ragtime and blues – set the early stage for what would transform into what we know today as jazz.
If you’re planning an office event, chamber concert, wedding ceremony or special event that calls for professional Austin jazz music or San Antonio jazz musicians, please contact us so we can help. Our performances can range to include the trumpet, violin, cello, string quartet, and so much more! From traditional jazz music to contemporary choices, we provide the perfect setting for that special event.