Jazz music and jazz genres (variations)

Jazz, a very chill genre, covers itself with a luxurious color hidden in the melodious melodies, strange and attractive chords. As a music lover, surely all of you here have heard a piece of Jazz, whether it’s a song or music without lyrics, whether it’s with a glass of Jack Daniel, a chill night in the Pub or a cup of coffee. a sunny afternoon coffee.

This article will not go into the “default” orientations for you about Jazz, because doing so will make Jazz lose its ability to endlessly evoke from its always different sound movements. Below are just some of the conclusions conveyed from Musician-singer Luu Thien Huong about the specific features of some jazz genres that are currently popular on the market today.

Some briefs about Jazz

The study of Jazz dates back to the late 19th century, around 1865. Jazz music originated in the African-American community in the state of Louisiana, USA. Initially, this music was considered to be a mix of Blues and Ragtime music. Gradually, Jazz developed into an independent musical genre and its own distinct personalities. One of the most prominent features in Jazz is the descending sequence of three notes in the Decrescendo direction. To learn more about these two terms, you can read some other SEAMI music theory documents.

Jazz’s golden age can be classified as 1920 to 1935, when Americans loved this music very much. The two biggest names of this era can be mentioned Louis Armstrong (so influential that the city of New Orleans borrowed his name to name the airport) and Ella Fitzgerald. Jazz even quickly entered the Broadway musical capital of the world, with a series of musicals written with Jazz colors as the main music, such as Chicago, An American in Paris. Of course, since then, Jazz has never been an inspiration for musical genres. Surely you all have heard of the movie La La Land, right?

In this era, Jazz is no longer a market music genre or a trend, but has begun to enter the ranks of the academic music genre, studied and taught in many music schools and universities. Conservatories around the world, including the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, and Thailand’s Mahidol University. Jazz is no longer encapsulated in song genres, or in some typical instruments such as Contrebass, Trumpet and Saxophone.

Some Modern Jazz Genres


Music of this genre focuses on the smoothness and smoothness of the overall composition. Smooth mixes often focus on relaxing melodies for listeners, attracting them with gentleness, of seemingly slow harmony steps but bringing a rich imagination, self-possibility. Great creativity if you have the ability to hum to the tune or accidentally improvise a solo to the harmony. It emphasizes the freedom of rhythm, rather than the inverse harmonic features of regular Jazz. But perhaps that’s why Smooth is sometimes judged as not mainstream Jazz.

Au lang syne

Silent night


Born with the need to market to this rather picky music genre. In fact, Cool Jazz is quite close to other genres such as Pop, Hawaian, Jamaican. The tempo of Cool Jazz is usually easy to listen to and creates a relaxing feeling, less rushed than the genres mentioned above. However, in order for listeners to easily follow the melodies and harmonies, Cool Jazz mixes are often built quite “correctly” and more detailed than traditional mixes. This is also the preferred music style when artists choose to cover another famous work in the Jazz style.

Can’t take my eyes off you

A Cool playlist you can accidentally come across in cafes


If you’re a Lounge fanatic, it’s possible that Acid is no stranger to you. Not as calm as Cool, Acid has a faster, more impulsive tempo with a combination of electronic music, especially synthesizers. In a way, Acid and Funk are quite close and often equated together. However, Acid is more focused on rhythm and electronic distribution. And perhaps, because of your urge, you may accidentally come across Acid Jazz in a certain ad… well.


At this point, you begin to enter into the quite typical improvisations that can be found in Jazz, both in terms of tempo and variation in melody. Still keeping a fairly electronic harmony, the rhythms are often fast, Funk pays more attention to the guitar sound and the improvisation of the percussion. Funk is often preferred performed by solo instruments such as saxophones rather than by singers. If you like trumpet and guitar instruments, this is probably a suitable style for you to cover your favorite works.


And here it is, the genre is probably the most loved and popular on the market today. Who among us has never seen Tom and Jerry? Did it give you any impressions? See, you’re gradually imagining Swing. Everyone may know Swing Jazz through another equally popular name, Juke Box. Swing was born around the 40s, with a very fast and inspiring tempo. About the features, why don’t you listen and feel it. Surely if you start listening, it will be easy to see why Swing is so attractive right away. Sometimes a Swing Jazz cover can wake up your working afternoon more useful than a cup of coffee.

Tom and Jerrry

So if you like the Jazz genre, what instruments can you try to match?

Usually when it comes to Jazz, it is indispensable for the trio: Piano, Trumpet, ContraBass and Jazz Drums. The usual Jazz bands will add instruments like Guitar (in the form of Archtop Guitar), or Saxophone, or… almost any instrument can mix Jazz, because Jazz is music, Jazz is always open to those who have a heart. soul with Jazz.


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