What is jazz music? Ahh, if you could only hear the sounds in my head right now. “Improvised music with a lot of soul. Just play them blues, dude. Hey, that really swings! Play ‘out’ then come back right in…” That wouldn’t make sense to a lot of people. So, I looked it up online, hoping to find the perfect explanation of jazz music. Wikipedia’s article was too technical and difficult to understand, even for a supposed jazz enthusiast like me. This is my simplification: jazz was basically popular dance music back in the 40s and 50s, and a highly technical music genre where everything is improvised. How good the improvisation is depends on how technical and musical each musician gets. It is very…

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