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All Things Jazz

A visit with Arthur White, Assistant Professor, School of Music

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: jazz jazz ensemble Missouri Theatre performance Ron Dziubla

What is Jazz?

Topics: improvisation music

A uniquely American art form, jazz grew out of many musical developments around the turn of the last century. What most sets jazz apart from other kinds of music is its complex improvisational content. Percussionist Lloyd Warden suggests that, if done right, jazz can express emotions better than the spoken word. “When you hear Charlie Parker play the alto saxophone or hear Ella Fitzgerald sing,” he explains, “the emotions are condensed and presented in a way that is a lot more accurate than just a conversation, reading a book, or watching a movie.”