Why New Orleans Jazz Is Special? By Nadel Paris

While Jazz is considered an American art form and particular to New Orleans, the question is often asked “Why?”

All styles of traditional jazz (swing, Kansas City, dixieland, Chicago, west coast) are unique for any number of reasons, but New Orleans is often thought of as first and foremost in the genre. This is mostly because New Orleans is where it all started. While most Americans were dancing to military marches in the late 1800s, New Orleans was moving more to the sounds of voodoo rhythms and drums. Of course, you don’t have to travel far to also feel the strong influence of Delta Blues that combine those famous drumbeats into the style now known as “rhythm and blues” – but that’s getting ahead of the story! Rhythm and delta blues, together with the sounds of gospel hymns from early 20th century churches, put together by the local musicians of New Orleans created the style that first came to be known as “jazz.”

The first jazz greats are not always famous or taught in history class. But from Buddy Bolden, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong, the genre has continued to hold the interest of contemporary great musicians, such as Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Connick Jr. When Papa Jack Lanine’s band circa 1885 played, it was noticed that he did so in “ragged time.” It has been said that these musicians who were playing in various tempos invented the next genre, called “swing.” This may be so, but Papa Jack was also a well-known clarinetist, teacher, and mentor to many of the early jazz musicians.

Another factor in the early New Orleans sound was the importance of improvisation. In classical music the goal is to play the same songs without varying from one note each time play a piece. Now as for jazz, the idea is to use the melody line as a guide and then to play extemporaneous passages based on that melody and chord structure.

New Orleans jazz can also be called “hot jazz” or “early jazz”, which led to the Lindy Hop dance in Harlem not so many years later. But the real reason New Orleans took off as the birthplace of jazz is because the unique cultural environment of New Orleans in the late 19th and 20th centuries (home to both Spanish and French colonial roots, together with recently freed African slaves) couldn’t be found anywhere else. It’s still true today – there’s no place like New Orleans.

By 1917, the early pioneers of jazz were taking their music on the road. From Chicago, to New York and from Kansas City to the West Coast, New Orleans jazz spread like wild fire. The long list of musicians who each left their stamp on the evolving jazz style continues to this date. New Orleans jazz is alive and well in the city of New Orleans and across America.

Furthermore, many of the great musicians stayed at home in the 1920s which lead to such great bands as Papa Celestin’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Orchstra, A.J. Piron’s New Orleans Orchestra, The Sam Morgan Jazz band and many others. None of these musicians became famous in the manner of Louis Armstrong or Jelly Roll Morton, but the truth is the musical scene in New Orleans remains fertile ground for creative musicians united by a common love of that syncopated swing sound known as New Orleans Jazz.

Nadel Paris is an American citizen born and raised in France. Canada loved her immediately from Toronto and Vancouver to Quebec. With her experience Nadel shares important information on Music Genre, performing art. Visit her here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

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Musicians and Performance Anxiety Discussed by Nadel Paris

Have you ever faced your time to shine, and felt overcome with an intense hesitation or worry about an upcoming performance? As the time nears for you to address your audience, do you suffer from sweaty palms? Is there a lump in your throat? Do you experience tremors, tension, stuttering, upset stomach or loss of focus? All of these symptoms are a sign that you may suffer from performance anxiety, which is a common problem that requires a little mental rewiring to get you on the right track.

 

Music performance anxiety develops from the thoughts, feelings and habits of a musician. The level of anxiety that one has will affect a musician’s desire to perform, as well as their ability. Nadel Paris says that in order to deliver a high-quality performance, a musician must overcome the mental obstacles that create a barrier between wanting to perform and actually completing the act. When you feel anxious, pressure begins to build up that makes it impossible to pick up an instrument or sing a song.

 

Main Types of Performance Anxiety

There are three main kinds of performance anxiety that musicians encounter. The first occurs before a performance date is even mentioned. Fear of rejection or self-doubt regarding their abilities may hinder a musicians attempt to arrange a showing of their talents. The anxiety sometimes mounts to the point where a musician never feels they are truly ready to perform in front of others.

 

The second type of anxiety occurs during an actual performance. Gripped by fear of what the audience thinks of them, a musician’s body might tremble. Sweat may form on their forehead, nose, neck or hands. These bodily reactions may also impact the way an instrument is played. Voices become tight or locked, emitting cracked, flat or quivering notes. The anxiety of a musician might be so high that they may actually self-sabotage their performance without even knowing it.

 

Anxious musicians often become quite distracted by the slightest movement or noise during a performance. They might take this opportunity to blame their inability to complete their set because of outside interruptions. This is just an excuse. Within themselves, they do not feel completely adequate to continue their performance. Musicians with performance anxiety often exhibit poor concentration, as well as loss of focus.

 

After a performance, the anxiety madness continues, which is seen through a harsh, unforgiving critique of their presentation. The musicians will nit-pick every aspect of their set and despite positive encouragement and comments, they will continue to downplay and dismantle their ability.

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Tips by Nadel Paris on Maintaining a Powerful Voice

Excellent singers have powerful voices but some of them are not able to maintain and sustain its quality over a period of time. There are some of them who develop serious diseases that affect their throats and vocal cords. Some singers damage their vocal cords because of too much strain placed on it and at times they lose the sound of their singing voice as well. However, they can prevent these things from happening if they know how to maintain the quality and the power of their voices. Nadel Paris discusses about the health of singer’s voice here:

Singers will have to keep their bodies always in good health. If they do this, they are less prone to infections especially those that may affect the parts of their bodies that they use for singing. Staying healthy would include eating the right kind of foods, doing regular exercises and having sufficient time to sleep and rest. Aside from these there are some things that they need to remember. They have to understand that alcoholic as well as caffeinated drinks can cause some irritation on the linings found in the throat area. They also have to take note that spicy foods may cause some acid to go all the way up to the throat.

 

Regular people are advised to drink plenty of water each day. The same is true with singers but those who would like to preserve their powerful singing voice for a long time need to drink warm water as much as possible. They also need to practice self-discipline and avoid smoking including second-hand smoking in order for them to lessen their risks of developing certain kinds of cancer diseases. They have to choose to live healthier lifestyles if they want to succeed and stay long in the music industry.

 

Singers have to check labels of products that they use. There are some chemicals found in mouthwash that can cause harm to their vocal cords and other parts of their speech organ for example. They will also need to include proper breathing as well even while they are talking so that they are able to lessen the strain that is placed on their throats. Should they find themselves in areas where the climate is dry, they can also indulge in steam inhalations or they can also check if a humidifier is available.

 

Great singers may enjoy having their powerful voices until they grow older but they have to work on maintaining their health and their total well-being. They have to understand how some types of foods and activities may positively or negatively affect their health in general and their powerful voice in particular.

 

Nadel Paris a recording artist, musician, music producer, songwriter and a screenwriter. Nadel has amazing voice, beauty, humility and maturity that will strike you all at once as soon as you meet her.
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