[JPL] Jazz and RnB

Arturo Gomez arturo at kuvo.org
Fri Aug 15 20:03:16 EDT 2008

Blues has always had the jump aspect to it making it very danceable and
while pre-WW2 big band jazz graced many a dance hall and ballroom around the
country much to the dancer's delight, jump blues was the dance music of juke
joints and house parties especially in areas outside an urban hub.

After WW2 it was difficult to keep big bands touring due to travel costs so
many former bib band members scaled down and began creating combos, big band
swing with jump blues sensibilities, this was most noticeable in Los Angeles
with groups like Louis Jordan & Tympany Five, Roy Milton and his Solid
Senders, Joe and Jimmy Liggins & the Honey Drippers, Roy Milton, T-Bone
Walker, Pee Wee Crayton, Big Joe Turner, Wynonie Harris and many others.
Johnny Otis the "Godfather of RnB" who came out of the territorial big band
scene as a drummer knew a good thing when he saw it and opened up the
Barrelhouse club on Central Avenue that  became the hub for the new RnB
scene which are the real roots of rock n roll, basically RnB with a new
moniker. Forget that man from Tupelo and Memphis, Louis Jordan is the King
of Rock n Roll in my book, a proto-typer rapper as well. Vote Jordan for
President !!!


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