The Evolution of Jazz

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Geoffrey Scovil is an attorney with a law practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he focuses on criminal defense and Habeas Corpus law. In addition to his criminal law practice, Geoffrey Scovil supports the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Outpost Performance Space is a small non-profit organization that brings jazz musicians from all over the world to New Mexico.

Jazz is a musical genre with a rich history. As this style of music evolved, it slowly incorporated certain characteristics from African American and European American traditions. In addition to the mixed musical elements, jazz lends itself to artist improvisation during live performances.

Jazz musicians may use a variety of tempos and styles. For instance, jazz can range from music that has more of swing feel to jazz that involves rhythmic interpretations and elements. As more generations embrace jazz, it will continue to evolve. To reinvigorate jazz, some contemporary musicians have combined elements of rock, funk, and Latin American music with traditional jazz elements.


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