Why Traditional Jazz?

 

Why Traditional Jazz?

The elegance of vintage 1920s-40s music and fashion has made a comeback, but without the vintage restrictions. Women band leaders and business owners are the backbone of Noble + Wylie and the artists we represent. This music is accessible to all, and is an outstanding vehicle for educational and community outreach teaching the fundamentals of improvisation, social dancing, and American history.

It’s not your father’s jazz, although he would love it, too! Without the emphasis on long expansive improvised solos, many people who “don’t like jazz” love the early styles of Ragtime, Swing, and New Orleans Hot Jazz. Vanity Fair writes of jazz: “It is important to note that both the music itself and the ways in which it’s being heard are much more open-ended than ever before.” It's no wonder why chic, hip NYC hotels like The Standard, and The Roxy regularly feature Hot Jazz, and why The Jazz Age Lawn Party has grown to be two weekends per year attracting thousands of attendees in vintage garb, listening to 1920s and 30s style bands. Tens of thousands of swing dancers travel monthly around the world to meet for Lindy Hop, Swing, and Balboa events.