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Part 2: Just Jazz: A Purely American Art Form

Music, like all other art forms, is a wonderful melting pot filled with historic and cultural influences. And nowhere is that “melting pot” illustrated more than in the most American of music styles: Jazz. While music has been around ever since man was able to clap his hands and put a rhythm together, every culture and country since then has developed their own take on the musical arts. These days, musical culture ranges from the very traditional to hypermodern, with historic and cultural influences converging to create a wonderful melting pot of sound and substance that’s continually shifting.

This form of music came about in the late 19th century as (cultural) worlds collided. Classical music styles of America and Europe started to merge with African influences such as spirituals, ragtime and blues. The genre is credited with originating from the African-American communities in New Orleans, and quickly spreading across America and then around the world. No wonder that it’s sometimes referred to as “America’s classical music!”

As jazz grew and spread, it evolved into different styles such as New Orleans Jazz, Kansas City Jazz, Gypsy jazz, bebop, cool jazz and more. And it’s still evolving today, with genres like smooth jazz, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban jazz bringing an international flair to this music style.

Even so, classic jazz--like what was played in the 1940s and 1950s--is still considered to many as “classic” jazz. And for senior adults, it’s also the soundtrack to their childhood and senior years. After all, they grew up at the time that Duke Ellington’s jazz orchestra was playing on the radio and one of the most popular music groups of the time. Seniors these days also heard the rise of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and other great jazz innovators.

“We understand the importance that music plays for seniors in senior living communities,” says Chris Skiff, owner of The Manse on Marsh in San Luis, Obispo County, CA. “At our retirement village on the central coast, we’re always looking for unique, fun opportunities for our residents to take a trip down memory lane. Remembering happy memories and building new ones have such a big role in helping seniors in Assisted Living live happy, engaging lives.”

One of these opportunities to create new memories will be happening at one of our upcoming events in San Luis Obispo County.

On July 25th at 7pm, The Manse on Marsh will host Crustacea Jazz Band. Crustacea Jazz Band plays danceable and swinging tunes in the New Orleans jazz style. Audiences around the country have enjoyed and responded to their music because it’s upbeat, happy, humorous and romantic. Bring your friends and family, put on your dancing shoes and get ready for an evening of creativity and camaraderie as you’re serenaded by familiar tunes from the 1900s to the 1930s.

“Not only is this a great opportunity to hear some spectacular music, but it’s also a chance for individuals to check out our Independent living services and Assisted Living services at our luxury senior retirement community,” says Chris Skiff. “Our active senior living community is one of a kind in San Luis Obispo County, and we look forward to showing all the options for Independent living we have at our California senior living community.”


For more information about the Crustacea Jazz Band, please visit their website: