#2 The Cities of the Jazz: Chicago
There was hardly a musician at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in the Storyville nightclub district of the American port city of New Orleans who could have foreseen the vast swathe of music that would be created over the course of a century in bars, brothels, ballrooms and street parties. The performance practice, which evolved from a clash of cultures through the instinctive play of largely untrained musicians, took new directions as the decades passed, first becoming the dance music of America, and then, matured into increasingly serious, elevated artistic pursuits, finding fertile ground on every continent. The House of Music Hungary’s free jazz history workshop will introduce you to the important stages, venues, styles and prominent personalities of this process. The Cities of Jazz series presents the colourful worlds of New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City and New York, cities that played key roles in the development and evolution of jazz, through original sound and image recordings, and the authenticity of personal experience.