Blues vs. Jazz and Why they are Often Grouped Together

The Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Memorial Day Weekend 2014. With that in mind, we’d like to explore a bit of the history behind the reasoning blues and jazz often get grouped together, although they are very different styles.

Blues vs. Jazz: What’s the Difference?

Blues and Jazz music are hard for many to distinguish. Both musical styles were developed in the American South and are easily confused in large part to the many crossover artists that are working in the styles today.

Jazz music originated in New Orleans with the style being dominated by the sounds of the saxophone, piano, trombone and cornet. Blues on the other hand has roots in southern Mississippi, where it was played as a solo using steel guitars rather than in an ensemble style band like jazz. Jazz music also found a more universal acceptance early in the 1920’s while the blues style of music enjoyed a more pocketed popularity in areas like Texas and Chicago.

Jazz typically has more of an instrumentally heavy sound whereas blues relies more on vocals. It is easy to understand how the two are often grouped together. One thing is for sure about these 2 magnificent musical genres, they are simply all-American.

For more information on the upcoming Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival visit us online today! We look forward to celebrating 25 years of music, food and fun with you in 2014.