And Max Roach, cymbals socking
Bass drum talking, snare drum rocking
Jazz Thing by Gang Starr

Max Roach was a jazz percussionist, drummer and composer.

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Charlie Mingus, such nimble fingers
Dropping the bass, all over the place
Jazz Thing by Gang Starr

Charles Mingus was a renowned double bassist, composer and bandleader.

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Thelonious Monk, a melodious thunk Jazz Thing by Gang Starr

One of the greatest jazz pianists of all time.
Renowned for his distinctive hats.

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October 22nd, 2013

Monk’s style was extremely unique, often “thunking” is hands down on the keys to make blocky off-timed chords.

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About Ornithology, or Anthropology Jazz Thing by Gang Starr

Ornithology and Anthropology are both jazz pieces composed by Charlie Parker.

Ornithology is the study of birds, and Parker’s nickname was “Bird.” Clever, huh?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsAMAIaas94 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMuItUv9xZc

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Scott Joplin's rags, Bessie Smith's blues
St. Louis blues, they were all the news
Ringing smooth in all the listeners ears
Fulfilling the needs, and planting the seeds
Of a jazz thing
Jazz Thing by Gang Starr

Scott Joplin was a composer and pianist, known as “The King of Ragtime.”

Bessie Smith was a blue singet, known as “The Empress of the Blues.

Both of these artists had a major influence on jazz musicians. Therefore, without ragtime music and the blues, we wouldn’t have jazz.

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For then it landed on American soil
Through the sweat, the blood, and the toil
It praised the lord, shouted on chain gangs
Pain it felt, but it helped them to maintain
Jazz Thing by Gang Starr

The music came over to America with African people who became slaves. The songs that they sang while working in chain gangs were the roots of the blues, which paved the way for jazz.

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Its roots are in the sounds of the African
Or should I say the mother, bringing us back again
From the drumming on the Congo it came with a strong flow
And continue to grow
Feet moved to the beat of the t'balo
Now dig the story and follow
Jazz Thing by Gang Starr

“New Orleans had a great tradition of celebration. Opera, military marching bands, folk music, the blues, different types of church music, ragtime, echoes of traditional African drumming, and all of the dance styles that went with this music could be heard and seen throughout the city. When all of these kinds of music blended into one, jazz was born.”

—Wynton Marsalis

Africa is often referred to as the “Motherland.”

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Make sure you have a system with some fat house speakers Jazz (We've Got) by A Tribe Called Quest

This guy has the right idea ^

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Then cool out to the music cos it makes you feel serene Jazz (We've Got) by A Tribe Called Quest

Serene means calm, peaceful or tranquil.

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I been hittin that back all night
Girl yea, it's numb, numb
Last Night (LVRS Anthem) by Theophilus London

Theo likes it doggy style.

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