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 James Lincoln Collier
It was a new century, and there were high hopes, and young people really wanted that kind of freedom to create a culture of their own. This was really the first time in American history that that had happened.