The very idea of jazz impresses and intrigues me: the elements of improvisation, poly-rhythms, and blue and swing notes. It’s an extremely complicated art form, and yet so seamlessly effortless to listen to. Mohammed Babandgida writes that, “Jazz is the American genre of music which originated in the 20th century in African American communities in the south.”

Mohammed Babangida then comments on the ambiguous deviation of the term jazz–which is thought to be originally slang.

Today, jazz influences are noticed in funk and hip-hop. But the most notable jazz musicians, according to Mohammaed Babangida include Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, and Lionel Hampton.

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