Jazz ClubGreat Music and Atmosphere
With the transition to 1940s-era styles like Bebop and later styles such as soul jazz, small combos of musicians such as quartets and trios were mostly used, and the music became more of a music to listen to, rather than a form of dance music.
In the 19th century, before the birth of jazz, popular forms of live music for most well-to-do white Americans of European immigrant heritage included classical music played by orchestras in coats and tails, fancy opera houses and formal balls where formally dressed musicians would play. For these well-off whites, going out was a formal occasion, and the music was treated as something to listen to (if at an orchestra or opera concert), or dance formally to (if at a ball).
In the 1800s, African-American communities were marginalized from an economic perspective. Despite their lack of material wealth, African-American communities had a thriving community and culture based around informal music performances, such as brass band performances at funerals, music sung in church and music played for families eating picnics in parks. African-American culture developed communal activities for informal sharing, such as Saturday night fish fries, Sunday camping along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain at Milneburg and Bucktown, making red beans and rice banquettes on Mondays, and holding nightly dances at neighborhood halls all over town.This long and deep commitment to music and dance, along with the mixing of musical traditions like spiritual music from the church, the blues carried into town by rural guitar slingers, the minstrel shows inspired by plantation life, the beat and cadence of military marching bands and the syncopation of the ragtime piano, led to the creation of a new way to listen to live music. In the jazz history books, cultural capitals like New Orleans, Chicago, Harlem, Kansas City, U Street in Washington D.C., and the Central Avenue zone of Los Angeles are traditionally cited as the key nurturing places of jazz.
Now the Lakeland Loft will be joining these major cities with the addition of our jazz club, which features talented local jazz musicians every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Throughout the week we will be streaming a variety of jazz artists.