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Ten of the most famous jazz singers. From the days of early jazz and swing, jazz singers and instrumentalists have influenced each other's phrasing and melodic conceptions. This list is a mere introduction to the world of vocal jazz.
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
A description of ragtime, including its musical characteristics, origins, and a list of prominent composers.
A profile of civil rights in jazz. How jazz musicians spoke out for racial equality and social justice.
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of ten musicians from the swing era, the days of jazz when dance halls were packed to hear and dance to the best big bands from around the country. Although swing was popular music, artists such as the ones listed developed styles that influenced later musicians, into bebop and beyond, setting the stage for jazz to become the valued art form it is today.
A list of ten founders of bebop.
Jimmy Greene's elegy for his departed daughter embodies joy and pain. It's the most important jazz record of the year.
Read about ten of the most important musicians of early jazz. In the beginning of the 1900s, the innovations of these instrumentalists laid the groundwork for jazz to evolve into such a vibrant art form.
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A brief history of jazz music.
Jazz music history arranged by decade. Read about advances made and important events in jazz in each decade since 1900.
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
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Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
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Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
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A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
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: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
From Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonius Monk, here are 8 Essential Jazz piano Albums that should be included in every jazz collection.
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
A profile of Scott Joplin, the premiere ragtime pianist and composer whose style paved the way for early jazz.
From Louis Armstrong to Chuck Mangione, here are 10 Essential Jazz Trumpet Albums that should be included in every jazz collection.
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
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The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
A biography of saxophonist Sidney Bechet, one of the first early jazz musicians to develop a distinct and virtuosic style of improvisation.
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Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington wasn’t comfortable with the term jazz. He hoped to create music that was unclassifiable.
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
A review of Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (1960). Page 4.
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
A list of five jazz albums from the past decade or so that might help someone just getting into jazz understand the modern jazz climate.
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
1. Branford Marsalis - In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral Okeh Records Branford has long been the
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: âCannonballâ was originally
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
A brief look into what free jazz and free improvisation are, how they differ, and how they influence the jazz landscape today.
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Stanley Clarke's UP is a solid albeit uninspired set, concocted with the help of friends like Stewart Copeland and Joe Walsh.
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
A biography of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, who gave voice to the sounds of bebop, and recorded popular song and jazz with equal flair.
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
A review of 'Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley,' the classic jazz album that perfectly blends jazz vocals and improvised saxophone.
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1 - Review of Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Review of violinist Jeff Gauthier's House of Return
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Composer and arranger Ryan Truesdell talks about the Gil Evans Project, a project that involves recording newly-discovered pieces by Gil Evans, and documenting the process on ArtistShare.
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
A survey of 6 Essential John Scofield albums, drawn from his extensive catalog of solo recordings since 1977.
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Five classic jazz songs about love:
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
A brief profile of the father of jazz, trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
: short for âaccompany.â When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
A review of Orrin Evans's performance at Jimmy Mak's, Portland
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
A biography of the great jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Electronic music and jazz find themselves meeting more and more in recent years. This glossary will help the acoustic jazz fan get to know the lingo of electronic music a little better.
A review of Terence Blancard's Magnetic
A list of depressing jazz songs, for those who aren't feeling cheerful and full of love on Valentine's Day.
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
...it's a great array of jazz performances. Headlining the list is a trio set tonight at the shape shifter lab by Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
A review of the classic jazz album 'Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster.' Although the two tenor saxophonists are the stars of the show, the record owes its deep swing feel to the Oscar Peterson Trio, who make up the rhythm section.
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
A look at Joe Albany with Warne Marsh – The Right Combination (Riverside, 1957). Page 2.
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Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 12.
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
A seven song set of jazz tunes about cats, to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month.
June is prime time for outdoor jazz festivals. The first half of the month includes some classics, including the venerable Playboy Jazz Festival in Los
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
Chris Walden's Big band set. Jimmy McIntosh's aprty with his cool friends. Mike Stern and Eric Johnson's guitar god collaboration. Recommended or not?
Not satisfied to rest on the laurels won by this year's stunning 10-day Portland Jazz Festival, the PDX Jazz Society has a hefty schedule of five dates on
Some sites do hours of research to come up with their charts. We just tell you what's good.
A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band
A buyer's guide of Mike Stern's three best albums.
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters