Coming up
April 8th, 2023 at 12:00pm
Proto Jazz—The Roots of American Music from the Songbook to Rock and Roll and Hip Hop
Producer: Marilyn Lester co-produced with Danny Bacher
Around the turn of the 20th century, exciting things were happening in American music. European-based music writing was being influenced by new rhythms with their origin in Africa. As James Reese Europe and W.C. Handy were discovering the blues, ragtime was coming on the scene. In New Orleans, early jazz, known as proto jazz was being developed, just as the writers of Tin Pan Alley were absorbing these new ways of composing music. The result was to lay the foundation of American music thereafter, from the classic Great American Songbook to R&B, Rock and Roll and even Hip Hop.

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Established in 1980, as the New York Sheet Music Society, the American Popular Song Society (name changed in 2015) is a New York based, not-for-profit social organization, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the American Song Book, by providing a forum for discussion, education, performance, the encouragement of current songwriters to create new songs which extend the tradition, and the collection of classic sheet music and recordings. More...
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