Boogie Woogie was a new style developed in 1930s and 1940s as a part of urban blues culture.

It was associated with piano solo, singer(s), in bands or small combos. The style features are a bass figure (ostinato or riff) in the left hand, regularly changing the register making each chord more elaborate, while the right hand uses trills making melody more decorative and exciting in character.

It was pioneered by Jimmy Yancey (Chicago) and  Boogie Woogie trio (Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis).

Another development happened in 1940s - big band blues. It started in Kansas City. Important bands at the time were Count Basie Orchestra, The Benny Morten Orchestra, Glenn Miller.

Jump Blues was developed in 1940s. Influenced by boogie woogie and big band music. It uses saxophone or brass instrument and guitar in the rhythm section to create up-beat jazzy feeling. Later Jump blues influenced the development of rock’n’roll and rhythm’n’ blues.



~ Written by Alma Konjhodzic


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