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Name Course Course Instructor Date 1. Jazz Music and Ideal Citizenship Qualities Jazz musicians have been associated with qualities of ideal citizenship over the years. The ability of the music to bring together people of all races in America has been found to be a unifying force of the diverse people from different cultural backgrounds.
Four ideal qualities of a good citizen that are exhibited by Jazz musicians include self-sacrifice, public spirit, sincere performance of duties and self-control and self-confidence (Heater 198). Most of the jazz artists exhibit these qualities in their own unique way. Self-sacrifice in reference to a good citizen is one who gives up self-interest to the interest of the community. The spirit of service and devotion are upheld by the individual. Such qualities are portrayed by Jazz artists in their work and performances. The desire of every Jazz artist is to keep all Americans entertained without considering their race or color. Benny Goodman was the first white bandleader to hire a black musician into his ensemble. He used his fame in the Jazz music to spread black music. He sacrificed his fame among the white listeners and that of his band all for the purpose of promoting the blacks and black music. The quality of public spirit states that a good citizen shows willingness and readiness to make it a living interest in all the public affairs. Such a citizen is ready to fight for the rights if other people while taking part in all public activities. ...
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