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not at all, this much is certain: at the dawn of the twentieth century, while America listened and danced the cakewalk to ragtime, singers in rural areas, accompanying themselves on simple string instruments, were developing the sad, slow songs that came to be known as the blues, and the faster, less melan­choly folk themes that were soon to be blended with ragtime. Contemporaneously another interrelated branch was developing that played a vitally important part in framing the background of jazz: the music of the brass band.