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type of music, popular music, African Americans, Jazz, blues

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Jazz, type of music first developed by African Americans around the first decade of the 20th century that has an identifiable history and distinct stylistic evolution. Jazz grew up alongside the blues and popular music, and all these genres overlap in many ways. However, critics generally agree about whether artists fall squarely in one camp or another.

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Porter, Lewis, M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music, Rutgers University. Author of "Lester Young". Editor, "A Lester Young Reader". Coeditor and contributor, "Annual Review of Jazz Studies".



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type of music, popular music, African Americans, Jazz, blues, century, camp, decade, critics, artists, genres

 
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