Organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, from today until next Monday, the Festival Buenos Aires Jazz 2016 will be held, with an important schedule of activities For those who are starting or are interested in starting to listen to this genre Here are five tips that will allow you to appreciate the melodies of the swing world.
It is a style developed during the 20s and 30s in the United States, whose references are Duke Ellington and Count Basie, among others. But the swing is also understood as an interpretation of rhythm that is only understood during improvisation by musicians. It is, at times, so “instinctive” that it is difficult to translate into the conventional cipher of Western music. Furthermore, the swing can be defined as a rhythmic connection that maintains the interaction of the musicians. “Nothing in life makes sense if you don’t have a swing,” Ellington said in a song.
It is the key to jazz. The difference that jazz has with other musical genres, such as classical music, is that the interpretation does not take into account the reading of scores (or it is done for an arrangement or for the execution of a basic melody). But improvisation means making the established melody more flexible and always imposing your own interpretation.
The standard is a classical piece that is usually performed and known by hundreds of musicians. Many are songs that were not originally composed as jazz themes, but as parts of musicals (eg, “But Not For Me” and other Gershwin compositions). But some of them were composed for jazz groups and eventually became classics, like “So What” by Miles Davis or “Misty” by Errol Garner.
It is a spontaneous and casual gathering of jazz musicians who come together to improvise freely or on standard themes.
It is common that, after the virtuous interpretation of a solo, the audience applauds. Why does this happen? Of course, it is a recognition of the listener for the one who manages to do a great improvisation. But it also shows a constant interaction between the band and the audience. The jazz listener is never passive and is very demanding with what he hears; hence when he applauds, it is because the musician really deserves it.