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It started at Mintons a jazz club that started in 1938 by Henry Minton. Bebop was born here, Mintons policy of holding “Jam Sessions” after hours along with his well known generosity toward musicians attracted the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Christian, and Kenny Clarke whom were free to explore and workout new ideas that lead to the development of Bebop. Bebop is a fast paced style with improvisations upon the theme, based on harmonic structure instead of the melody. The 1939 recording of “Body and Soul” by Coleman Hawkins is attributed to the first time a jazz artist strayed from the melody and his double jumps in timing marked the beginning of a new way of playing. Jazz moved from Swing , a danceable style, to Bebop, music to listen to, an art form was created.

These early Bebop albums are a start in exploring the style: Shaw Nuff,  Bird and Diz ,  The Quintet.

Some of todays Bebop artist are Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, and Nickolas Peyton these young men are keeping the tradition alive today.

The following are some blogs dedicated to Bop : http://bopandbeyond.wordpress.com/ ,  http://lance-bebopspokenhere.blogspot.com/

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