What makes films such an unforgettably enjoyable experience for moviegoers is that it takes you on a journey. When you’re immersed in a good movie, you lose yourself in the sights, sounds, and emotions that envelope you and are transported to a fantastical land far away.
As connoisseurs of jazz music, the Razzmajazz Dixieland Band is all too familiar with how art forms—such as film and music—can impact you. From stress-relieving and mood-boosting to engaging and entertaining, every tune and rhythm of jazz music can take you back to its glory days.
The North Texas band has been performing their Swing and New Orleans Traditional Jazz music at events all over the region for 35 years, making them a favorite among jazz lovers.
It goes without saying, but movies haven’t always been the same. The major productions, CGI effects, and sonic and visual masterpieces that make today’s films so unique weren’t what made the movies of yester years so great.
Today, we’re traveling back in time to explore the overlapping, rich histories of jazz music and Hollywood.
Silent Films And Jazz—An Anomaly?
At first glance, jazz music and silent films don’t seem to go together. After all, movies in the pre-1927 era were characterized by grandiose displays and intelligent screenplays, but no sound!
As popular as silent films were, it’s worth noting that they weren’t entirely silent. While the actors performed their roles in these early silent films, the images were accompanied by a musical score that added to the viewer’s experience.
Many of these films were set to the background of jazz music. In several cinemas, live orchestras and jazz bands played the symphony of sounds that perfectly complimented the images on the screen.
Since the height of Hollywood’s silent film’s popularity coincided with that of jazz music, it’s no wonder that this genre was heavily featured in these movies. Although improvisation wasn’t possible when working on silent movies, some of the most popular bands at the time contributed their scores to the cinematic masterpieces.
The First Sound Film
As cinema evolved, the transition to sound films was inevitable. Cinemas no longer had to provide in-house, live music; instead, sound films offered the unique and unparalleled experience of letting audiences hear the lead actors on screen!
Commonly referred to as “talkies,” these films came to the fore in 1927 and haven’t slowed down since. The movie that holds the esteemed accolade of being the Hollywood’s first sound film is The Jazz Singer.
This movie—based on the life of an aspiring jazz singer—didn’t just bring the actor’s speaking voice to the viewers, it also dazzled them with the wondrous sounds of the genre. The lead actor of the movie, Al Jolson, once proclaimed, “Folks, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.”
And, indeed, his historic performance set the stage for a new era of Hollywood—one that relied on the upbeat sound of jazz music to thrust it forward into mainstream success at the time.
Jazz In Movies Today
As Hollywood directors and writers explored various genres over the years, the movie audiences enjoyed evolved. One thing, however, remained constant: jazz music.
The musical genre still continues to be featured in all types of films. Whether they’re documentary films celebrating the lives of jazz greats, based on the subject of jazz, or featured a jazz score, the two have continued to be influenced by each other.
From A Streetcar Named Desire of 1951 to 2016’s La La Land, Hollywood and jazz music have been inextricably intertwined!
Enjoy the sounds of Swing Jazz band
The good news is, you don’t have to visit the cinema or spend hours watching a movie to enjoy great jazz music. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy Razzmajazz Dixieland Band’s collection of classic jazz songs.
The North Texas-based live New Orleans Traditional and Swing Jazz band performs some of the greatest hits from 1910 to 1939, just for the pleasure of jazz lovers everywhere. The experienced musicians have played at all types of events for 35 years now, adding life to special occasions and celebrations with their lively tunes.
Want to book them for your upcoming event? Contact them for booking information.
You can also enjoy their upbeat music in the comfort of your home by purchasing their CD today.
Their Notable Performances
As one of North Texas’s most popular jazz bands, the Razzmajazz Dixieland Band has performed at dinner parties, grand openings, corporate events, and weddings over the years. With a legacy of 35 years, their live New Orleans Traditional and Swing Jazz performances are truly one of a kind.
During their career, they’ve played for:
- Plano Firefighters Assoc.
- Walnut Creek Country Club
- Children’s Medical Center
- Aerospace Optics
- Park Suites Hotel
- St Alban’s Parish – Anglican
- Case Power and Equipment
- Dallas Mavericks
- Law Offices of Windle Turley
- Fielder Road Baptist Church
- Mira Vista Country Club
- Main Street Arts Festival – Fort Worth
- National Semiconductor
- Anatole Hotel
- North American Society of First Responders
- Pecan Street Arts Festival – Arlington
- Worth Cattledrive Rest.
- Fort Worth Boat Club
- Junior League of Arlington
- Six Flags Over Texas
- Globe Life Park
- Richland Pointe Mall
- Brinker International
- Mesquite Exchange Club
- Dallas Museum of Art
- Albertson’s Food Stores
- Denton Arts and Jazz Festival
- Texas Rangers