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        In the early 1920's, many jazz bands included banjos in addition to an assortment of traditional instruments. While it was mostly replaced by the electric guitar in the 1930s, the banjo provided a rhythmic foundation for many early jazz groups. In this video, Cynthia Sayer describes the two different types of banjos and their forgotten place in Jazz music. She also tells of the comical banjo vaudeville style that evolved from the minstrel shows. Sayer displays her disappointment in the disappearance of the the banjo from Jazz music and how few people remember important players. In the supporting lesson, students will compare early jazz pieces.


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