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Swing by for Ashby’s Hot House Jazz eventby Simon Egan, Sep 2018
Glissando down to the Melbourne Assembly rooms on the 21st of September to witness the Hot House Jam Band; an intermediate level youth jazz group focused on allowing young people to make some noise and channel their enthusiasm and energy into music. They perform songs such as ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ and ‘The Final Countdown’
Also performing is the internationally celebrated and renowned Screaming Kicks Big Band; a project based jazz band that are about to embark on their Coast to Coast US tour. Fortunately, they found time to squeeze in one quick gig in Ashby!
Jazz music emerged from primarily African-American communities in New Orleans, Louisiana in the early 20th century. It is known as ”Americas Classical music”. It has roots in West African cultural music expression and other African musical traditions, as well as even European military band music to an extent.
Jazz is characterised by its polyrhythmic musical structure, which is the use of two or more rhythms that appear to conflict and are not perceived as having a similar derivative. It is also known for its use of syncopation, which is described as a general disturbance in the flow of rhythm.
Jazz became particularly important in America during the prohibition era of the 1920’s. With alcohol outlawed, underground illegal drinking dens emerged called ‘speakeasies’, where people could drink, dance and listen to music. This music played in these clubs happened to be jazz music. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are perhaps some of the most famous musicians from this era.
This genre of music has a great deal of complexity, history and social relativity behind it. Therefore, we’d strongly recommend heading to the Melbourne Assembly Rooms at 7pm on 21st of September for some irregular beats that nevertheless will make you want to get up and dance!