February 26, 1917: the Original Dixieland Jass Band releases the first jazz album. Livery Stable Blues is a huge success and marks the beginning of the history of jazz. Thanks to the invention of the disc, the new genre (in which improvisation plays a key role) continues to develop, to spread and to evolve stylistically from popular entertainment to art music. During these lectures, Marc Van den Hoof and Marc Danval talk about the three-minute masterpieces and the luxury compact disk: 100 years of jazz history.
The very beginning of jazz: Africa and the ragtime!
The prehistory of jazz is often forgotten and ignored. However, by the mid of the 19th century, syncopated elements manifested themselves. The ragtime originated from the Cakewalk and was inspired by works by European (Chopin) or American composers (Louis Moreau Gottschalk). Ragtime became, together with the blues, negro-spirituals and gospel music, one of the key elements of jazz. What links did musicians “smuggle” between ragtime and jazz? (lecture accompanied on the piano by Charles Loos)
Charles Loos, piano