Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / JungleJazz

Go To



* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', like with a few other Disney films, contains some upbeat jazz numbers, in this case sung by the more fun-loving jungle animals. Most noteworthy are "Bare Necessities" sung by Baloo the sloth bear, and "I Wan'na Be Like You," sung by King Louie and his apes. The latter was sung by Music/LouisPrima, who also lent his name to CanonForeigner King Louie as well as played him. Prima also played the Trumpet Solo whiles his band, Sam Beutera and the Witnesses, performed the initial lyrics. The scat exchange between Louie and Baloo was originally supposed to be Baloo repeating Louie's scat, but actor Phil Harris' improvised Scat impressed Prima enough to be included in the song. The soundtrack version has Beutera in the role of Baloo and merely repeating the scat of Prima's Louie.

to:

* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', like with a few other Disney Creator/{{Disney}} films, contains some upbeat jazz numbers, in this case sung by the more fun-loving jungle animals. Most noteworthy are "Bare Necessities" sung by Baloo the sloth bear, and "I Wan'na Be Like You," sung by King Louie and his apes. The latter was sung by Music/LouisPrima, who also lent his name to CanonForeigner King Louie as well as played him. Prima also played the Trumpet Solo whiles his band, Sam Beutera and the Witnesses, performed the initial lyrics. The scat exchange between Louie and Baloo was originally supposed to be Baloo repeating Louie's scat, but actor Phil Harris' improvised Scat impressed Prima enough to be included in the song. The soundtrack version has Beutera in the role of Baloo and merely repeating the scat of Prima's Louie.



[[/folder]]


----

to:

[[/folder]]


----
[[/folder]]


For more musical location associations, see SnowySleighBells and RegionalRiff.

to:

For more musical location associations, see SnowySleighBells SnowySleighBells, WaltzOnWater, and RegionalRiff.

Added DiffLines:

* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet's'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8P8wqpGO3k Savannah Theme]], which plays in the African jungle-based area, mixes tribal chants with jazz in its VariableMix.


->''Now I'm the king of the swingers, oh,''
->''The jungle V.I.P!''
->''I've reached the top and had to stop''
->''And that's what's botherin' me!''

to:

->''Now I'm the king of the swingers, oh,''
->''The
oh,''\\
''The
jungle V.I.P!''
->''I've
P!''\\
''I've
reached the top and had to stop''
->''And
stop''\\
''And
that's what's botherin' me!''


* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', like with a few other Disney films, contains some upbeat jazz numbers, in this case sung by the more fun-loving jungle animals. Most noteworthy are "Bare Necessities" sung by Baloo the sloth bear, and "I Wan'na Be Like You," sung by King Louie and his apes. The latter was sung by Music/LouisPrima, who also lent his name to Cannon Foreigner King Louie as well as played him. Prima also played the Trumpet Solo whiles his band, Sam Beutera and the Witnesses, performed the initial lyrics. The scat exchange between Louie and Baloo was originally supposed to be Baloo repeating Louie's scat, but actor Phil Harris' improvised Scat impressed Prima enough to be included in the song. The soundtrack version has Beutera in the role of Baloo and merely repeating the scat of Prima's Louie.

to:

* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', like with a few other Disney films, contains some upbeat jazz numbers, in this case sung by the more fun-loving jungle animals. Most noteworthy are "Bare Necessities" sung by Baloo the sloth bear, and "I Wan'na Be Like You," sung by King Louie and his apes. The latter was sung by Music/LouisPrima, who also lent his name to Cannon Foreigner CanonForeigner King Louie as well as played him. Prima also played the Trumpet Solo whiles his band, Sam Beutera and the Witnesses, performed the initial lyrics. The scat exchange between Louie and Baloo was originally supposed to be Baloo repeating Louie's scat, but actor Phil Harris' improvised Scat impressed Prima enough to be included in the song. The soundtrack version has Beutera in the role of Baloo and merely repeating the scat of Prima's Louie.


* The Ride/JungleCruise queues typically feature jazzy music broadcast over a period radio which is tuned to the dock's radio station, hosted by "The Voice of the Jungle" [[Punny Name Adam Awol]]. The rides are all designed with a Pulp Jungle setting in mind.

to:

* The Ride/JungleCruise queues typically feature jazzy music broadcast over a period radio which is tuned to the dock's radio station, hosted by "The Voice of the Jungle" [[Punny Name [[PunnyName Adam Awol]]. The rides are all designed with a Pulp Jungle setting in mind.

Added DiffLines:

%%
%%This list of examples has been alphabetized. Please add your example in the proper place. Thanks!
%%

->''Now I'm the king of the swingers, oh,''
->''The jungle V.I.P!''
->''I've reached the top and had to stop''
->''And that's what's botherin' me!''
-->-- "'''I Wan'na Be Like You'''", ''Disney/TheJungleBook''

As with most settings, jungles tend to have certain types of music associated with them. Think of a jungle, and you might imagine [[JungleDrums tribal drums]], maybe some exotic instruments like the panflute or kalimba... but sometimes, you get [[{{Jazz}} swingy and brassy music]] instead.

Perhaps this is because jungles are perceived as colorful and diverse environments, which makes them conducive to some fun and catchy jazz. Expect to see jungle animals such as monkeys, birds, elephants, or others as musicians. When animal musicians appear, an elephant will likely play on its trunk like a trumpet or saxophone. "Swing" is both a type of jazz, and what monkeys and other apes do on vines.

The association may also have something to do with how in the 1920s and '30s, some racists dismissed all jazz as "jungle music", and jazz bands responded by [[AppropriatedAppellation owning that particular nickname]]. Of course, the romanticized notion of the jungle was also pretty popular at that time (see for example ''Film/KingKong1933'' and the ''Franchise/{{Tarzan}}'' films), so jazz bands and Tin Pan Alley songwriters were more than happy to milk that trend for all it was worth. Jazz music may also be associated with jungles because it was created by musicians of African descent, whose original homeland is stereotypically imagined as [[DarkestAfrica untamed tropical wilderness]]. This trope ''may'' overlap with CreepyJazzMusic if it is associated with that kind of jungle, and if the music sounds fittingly scary, but more often this music is kind of fun and frolicking.

For more musical location associations, see SnowySleighBells and RegionalRiff.
----
!!Examples

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', like with a few other Disney films, contains some upbeat jazz numbers, in this case sung by the more fun-loving jungle animals. Most noteworthy are "Bare Necessities" sung by Baloo the sloth bear, and "I Wan'na Be Like You," sung by King Louie and his apes. The latter was sung by Music/LouisPrima, who also lent his name to Cannon Foreigner King Louie as well as played him. Prima also played the Trumpet Solo whiles his band, Sam Beutera and the Witnesses, performed the initial lyrics. The scat exchange between Louie and Baloo was originally supposed to be Baloo repeating Louie's scat, but actor Phil Harris' improvised Scat impressed Prima enough to be included in the song. The soundtrack version has Beutera in the role of Baloo and merely repeating the scat of Prima's Louie.
* In ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', "Trashin' The Camp" is a jazzy, scatting musical number sung by a band of gorillas (and one elephant). It's the only song in the movie performed by on-screen characters rather than an off-screen Music/PhilCollins.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
* Music/ChickWebb and His Orchestra also used the alias The Jungle Band to release one single: "Jungle Mamma" (with "Dog Bottom" as the b-side).
* Music/DukeEllington and His Orchestra released a number of jazz singles with titles like "Jungle Jamboree", "Echoes of the Jungle", "Jungle Nights in Harlem", "Jungle Blues", and even "The Air-Conditioned Jungle". His album collaboration with Music/CharlesMingus and Max Roach was titled ''Money Jungle''. (Of course, some of those titles blur the line between a literal tropical forest and [[CityNoir the "urban jungle"]].) And when contractual obligations prevented Duke from releasing music under his own name, one alias his group used was The Jungle Band.
* ''Music/KoolAndTheGang'''s "Jungle Jazz" is an instrumental jazz cover of their own song "Jungle Boogie".
* Music/{{Osibisa}} were a band formed in London in TheSeventies by expat West Africans from Ghana and Nigeria. Their music was a fusion of jazz/rock with African themes and beats. Despite having a healthy following for their live gigs, record companies took the position that African music would take off in Britain with all the likelihood of an elephant flying. Their first album was a best-seller. Sure enough, there was a flying elephant - which became the band's mascot - on the cover. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky7Tq8laJo8&list=PLIa36ETako3MaZaw7-I0qEuflOniBvTWd&index=20&t=0s Listen here]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The Ride/JungleCruise queues typically feature jazzy music broadcast over a period radio which is tuned to the dock's radio station, hosted by "The Voice of the Jungle" [[Punny Name Adam Awol]]. The rides are all designed with a Pulp Jungle setting in mind.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD54sROmeIM Floral Fury]]" from ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' is a Latin jazz-themed piece that serves as a Leitmotif for [[ToweringFlower Cagney Carnation]]
* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'':
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' has "[[https://youtu.be/jjRw9X2Hxro Jungle Hijinx]]", which starts out with tribal drums and ambient jungle sounds, leading up to a swingy tune.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' has the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY52G8xA72k jazzy theme]] that plays during the Rocket Barrel sections. Played with, as it's mainly associated with the jungle-dwelling Kongs; it wouldn't actually appear in proper [[JungleJapes jungle levels]] until ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze''.
* The third area of ''VideoGame/RunmanRaceAroundTheWorld'' is JungleJapes whose soundtrack includes [[PublicDomainSoundtrack such classics]] like Duke Ellington's "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" (for the area map) or Luis Russel's "The New Call of the Freaks" (for the actual stages).
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/BettyBoop'' short "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead You Rascal You" involved Betty's adventures on a jungle expedition. Betty, Bimbo, and Koko the clown are menaced by tribe of cannibals--who are all caricatures of Music/LouisArmstrong and His Orchestra (who also provide the cartoon's whole soundtrack).
* The 1930 ''WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid'' short "Congo Jazz" is about Bosko going to a jungle to hunt wild animals, but instead he ends up dancing and playing jazz music with them.
[[/folder]]


----

Showing 7 edit(s) of 7

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report