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Jazz originated in the southern states of South America
during the early 20th century
Over time jazz has evolved and many different styles of
jazz have developed
The main element that connects most of the different
styles of jazz is improvisation

Key Features
syncopation and swung (or swing) rhythms…

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Chick Corea ­ pianist known for his contribution to jazz
fusion in the 1970s

Performing Jazz
In large ensembles (eg. swing bands) the music is often
written out
In other styles of jazz, improvisation and learning by ear
are more important
A jazz piece is often constructed from a lead…


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