After World War 1 when all of the solders came home every one wanted to socialize with each other so what better to do than go out for a night of dancing. What type of dance was better for this occasion than Jazz.
Jazz has many origins New Orleans, St. Louis, Memphis and Kansas City are just a few places Jazz has originated from. But New Orleans is said to be the most important of its origins.
The first jazz bands contained a rhythm section” consisting of a string bass, drums, and a guitar or banjo. It also had a melodic section consisting of a trombone, a clarinet, and sometimes even a violin. Years later, jazz was taken over by large orchestras a "society jazz band" contained fifteen or more musicians. Today, there is a renewed interest in the "big band" era, even though the music has very little to do with real jazz.
Swings history dates back to the 1920s, with the discovery of the lindy hop and the jitter bug came the development of Swing.
Swing dancing is one of Americas favorite past times. Even though it is a great American past time in other parts of the world very little of it is known. Once swing earned its place many different forms of it started to form. Here are just a few of those styles.
Savoy swing- A style of swing from New York Savory Ballroom in the 30s and 40s.
Lindy-a smoother looking type of swing
West coast swing- a style of swing that needs nimble feet. It was most popular in California night clubs in the 1930s and 402.
Whip- a style of swing that is most popular in Houston Texas. Whip emphasizes moves spinning the partner in between moves.
Those are just a few of the many styles of swing.