Find the best jazz lessons, classes, and instructors at HeyKiki and learn how to play jazz. Jazz is a popular genre of music that developed in the early 20th century in African American communities in the South, and is performed in many clubs and festivals internationally today. It is derived from European and African musical traditions, and incorporates music from 19th and 20th century American pop music. Its distinct style includes use of improvisation, syncopated, swing rhythms, and call and response. Today, jazz has evolved into many sub-genres as it has spread to communities around the world.