Jazz begins in New Orleans, 19th century America's most cosmopolitan city, where the sound of marching bands, Italian opera, Caribbean rhythms, and minstrel shows fills the streets with a richly diverse musical culture. In the 1890s, African-American musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden and Sydney Bichet create a new music out of these ingredients. Soon after the start of the new century, people are calling it jazz.
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[quoting Bruce Boyd Raeburn
Giving the musicians the freedom and the power to have their own voice was really very innovative when jazz first emerged in New Orleans, because the way things were usually done, a composer would tell the musician what to do.