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Jazz:
To African-Americans in the late nineteenth century, one literal sound of freedom was that of the military marching bands of the American Civil War. This music, combined with the Ragtime and blues styles that developed some time later, evolved to form one of the truly indigenous art forms of the United States.
The 'jas,' or the Creole brothel, is thought to have been the birthplace as well as the namesake of the new sound of jazz. Early traditional jazz combined the complexity of Ragtime, the tight arrangement of marching band music, and the inventive, free spirit of the blues. It incorporated structured improvisationsat its center while the band maintained a swing.

The sound evolved dramatically throughout the twentieth century in various forms: from the New York City Bebop of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker to the Free Jazz of the Art Ensemble of Chicago; from the Fusion of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to the Hard Bop of Art Blakey. But throughout jazz's great explorations, it has kept improvisation at its center, and as such it has always remained a music of freedom
 

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