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Jump Blues

Jump Blues began in the 1930's and was a popular and influential style of up-tempo dance blues until the latter half of the 1950's when it was eclipsed by Classic Rock & Roll. Singer and saxophonist Louis Jordan had a residency at night club Elk's Rendezvous in Harlem and it is argued that Jump Blues was inititially popularised there by Jordan's band, "The Tympany Five". Singer and trumpeter Louis Prima, another musician who dabbled in Jump Blues, was performing as early as the 1920's but in more of a New Orleans Jazz style. Read more on