300 words writing about jazz

Jazz is often described as a music of individual expression or self-expression. But how specifically does jazz channel personal or individual impulses? How does it channel collective or group impulses? To begin thinking about this question, write a response paper of 300 words comparing Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven recording of “Twelfth Street Rag” with Sidney Bechet’s recording of “Summertime.” Explain whether you think these performances embody an individualistic attitude or ethos. You may wish to compare these performances to the ideas about individualism and/or personal expression found in President Hoover’s “Rugged Individualism” (http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtid=3&psid=1334) and in “Sidney Bechet’s Musical Philosophy” (previously assigned from Keeping Time). Please do not try to answer this question exhaustively. Just suggest some connections between the music and the ideas of individualism or personal expression.

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