Music before blues and jazz?
What type, genre, or style of music came before blues and jazz? Thanks.
- JohnLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
In America. The most native music (aside from true native American) is mountain music, sometimes called country music which is WAY before country and western. Homemade instruments, washboard, kazoo, fiddle, lots of singing because that is free. From that came bluegrass and also what is called country and western. Around the time of blues and jazz came ragtime and Tinpan Alley in general. American popular music. Before THAT there were pretty much two kinds of music - popular and orchestral. Popular music came from the troubadour traditions that are centuries old - "Dan'l Boone was a man, was a BIG man", which is the TV theme but the style is correct. John Brown's body, Casey Jones, Paul Bunyan. Some legend, some true, but the stuff of song.
- ProfGene.TogolotLv 72 months ago
Ragtime was the style that influenced Jazz. Blues grew out of the field hollers that slaves sang when they were picking cotton and rhythms from from African tribal drumming. Other influences were English, Irish and Scottish folk songs as well as Jewish wedding dances called Klezmer band music.
- Jimmy CLv 72 months ago
I presume you are talking about America where jazz and blues originated. White people who inhabited north america had English folk music, plus jigs and reels from Scotland and Irish, all folk music style, plus hymns in church. American country music came from that.
Meanwhile african slaves kept part of their own music alive and introduced it after slavery to bring about the invention of blues and jazz as they fused white music with african sounds.