Celebrating a Century of Jazz Music in England

Celebrating a Century of Jazz Music in England
Celebrating a Century of Jazz Music in England

The year 2018 has been an excellent year for jazz music in the UK. The country is said to have brought out some of the best jazz artists throughout the years and decades. The land of England alone brought some of the most iconic jazz musicians who have influenced the music scene for the last century. To celebrate the century of jazz music that England has brought to the world, some festivals and events were organized in Britain. The theme of the festivals and activities were all aimed at reliving the golden age of jazz music in Britain and England. Many of the events held to commemorate the 100 years of jazz in Britain, and several art societies joined hands with each other to bring a real jazz vibe to the country.

How Jazz Started in England

During the world wars, England was introduced to lively jazz music, and they loved it. The American groups and soldiers who came to the country brought the genre with them, and the British simply adorned and welcomed the music with open arms. The African American, as well as the British culture, has been infused in the jazz that originated from the UK. By the end of the 1940s, British musicians began taking the genre seriously and started playing at the international level. However, the music was still a minority in an England that was absorbed by tradition and closed culture. Brazilian jazz and French jazz also were in the rise at the time, and jazz began to take front and center stage in London. However, the reach jazz had was constrained only to London. During the 60s and the 70s is when jazz saw its true potential throughout the UK. There was a growing influence in the genre from different cultures that surrounded the UK, and the country absorbed it all and created a unique blend that was instantly recognized in the world of jazz.  

During The Course of The Century

Several artists who were enthralled by the vibrant music were inspired to draw and paint their favorite artists and share their love for jazz with other patrons. These paintings were also used in exhibits to celebrate the century of jazz music in the UK. Painters were not just the only ones who were inspired by the jazz muse. There were architects, sculptors, and other visual artists. Authors were soon writing about the jazz revolution in England, and the sales at jazz events were top-notch. Today, there is a massive influx of musicians who come to England just to learn and thrive in the jazz scene. What started as a niche genre in the country has grown leaps and bounds. The UK is now a hub for the jazz musician and welcomes both fresh talent and develops its own talent too. Several conservatoriums now specialize in jazz music courses and give talented artists the platform to learn and grow the genre in a country that is today, known for its jazz scene.