<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />"Why have the words Jazz and Jagg the same meaning?" asks the humorist.
“Because they are both an irregular, jerky movement from bar to bar,” chortles the joker.
The world has been passing through a kind of musical jambouree. Jazz, with all its symptoms, was literally a species of musical intoxication. Starting in America, it spread over all the globe. Out of the melee came a few minds which had been trained in the better schools of music. With great ingenuity, Whiteman, Gershwin, Lopez, Lange, and others, modified and beautified the Jazz orchestra until the results were often surprisingly interesting. Thus we believe that Jazz, like new wine, is purifying itself.
That it will unquestionably have a bearing upon American music of the future is generally conceded. How could it be otherwise? The ears of our children have been filled to the brim with these inebriating rhythms, for years. When maturity and training of the right kind is given to these youngsters the “pep” of Jazz will still remain in their subconscious minds. Like the voice of an epoch it will appear in its proper way and in its proper place and at the proper time.
The old Jazz of the screeching Jazzomaniac will not torture victims much longer. Our sympathies go out to the old gentleman on the cover of this month’s issue. He is merely one of the thousands of parents who have invested in a musical education for daughters only to hear as a result the abominations of Jazz. Now that the fashion for Jazz is passing and better music taking its place, we may look forward to a time when our aural tympani will not be shattered by a pandemonium of horrible noises.