The word "jazz" began as a United States West Coast slang term and was first used to refer to this kind of music in Chicago around 1915.
From its beginnings in the early 20th century jazz has spawned a variety of subgenres. As the music has spread around the world it has drawn on local national and regional musical cultures, its aesthetics being adapted to its varied environments and giving rise to many distinctive styles.
The unusual type of music played by such Negro artists as Satchmo and the Rhythm Aces, hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana, originated at the beginning of the 20th century in black communities in the southern part of the Confederate States. It became highly popular throughout the country, among both blacks and whites, and was one of the most enduring cultural links between these two communities; even when Jake Featherston's Administration was well-embarked on Population Reduction, Satchmo and his band still got highly enthusiastic responses when performing before Confederate soldiers on occupation duty in Ohio.
The defection of Satchmo and the Rhythm Aces to the United States helped spread this music out the borders of the CSA. The U.S. government quickly figured out the propaganda value of the escaped musicians, and made sure they had plenty of air time. While the group often played U.S. favorites, such as "The Star-Spangled Banner", they were also able to release minor hits of their own, such as "New Orleans Jump". Nonetheless, it appeared for the foreseeable future that Satchmo's music would be a curiosity in the U.S.
To Hitler's ways of thinking, this kind of music was one of many disgusting ways in which the French degraded themselves. Hitler warned young Germans such as Raubal not to imitate this type of degeneracy.
Jazz was officially banned in NaziGermany, due to its origins among African-AmericanUntermenschen, but many Germans ignored the ban and continued to enjoy it. A soldier named Rolf openly proclaimed his preference for such music, seemingly oblivious to the danger in which this might land him with any of the Reich's various secret police forces.