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The 10 Jazz Singers Every Music Fan Should Know
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.
How Jazz Helped Fuel the Civil Rights Movement
A profile of civil rights in jazz. How jazz musicians spoke out for racial equality and social justice.
What is Bebop?
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
New to Jazz? Start Your Collection with These...
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
Wondering What 'Ragtime' Is? Here's the Answer
A description of ragtime, including its musical characteristics, origins, and a list of prominent composers.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
10 Iconic Early Jazz Musicians
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.
The 10 Best Swing Era Musicians of All Time
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.
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
At a Glance: Jazz History By Decade
Jazz music history arranged by decade. Read about advances made and important events in jazz in each decade since 1900.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
10 Essential Jazz Trumpet Albums
From Louis Armstrong to Chuck Mangione, here are 10 Essential Jazz Trumpet Albums that should be included in every jazz collection.
Pianist and Bandleader Duke Ellington
Pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington wasn’t comfortable with the term jazz. He hoped to create music that was unclassifiable.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
8 Essential Jazz Piano Albums
From Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonius Monk, here are 8 Essential Jazz piano Albums that should be included in every jazz collection.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Artist Profile: Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
A profile of Scott Joplin, the premiere ragtime pianist and composer whose style paved the way for early jazz.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Drum Set
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Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Sarah Vaughan
A biography of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, who gave voice to the sounds of bebop, and recorded popular song and jazz with equal flair.
Saxophone
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Trombone
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A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sidney Bechet
A biography of saxophonist Sidney Bechet, one of the first early jazz musicians to develop a distinct and virtuosic style of improvisation.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Trumpet
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Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Guitar
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Recommendation: Five Modern Jazz Albums
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.
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Jazz Review: Eddie Henderson's "Collective...
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Clarinet
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Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Jazz Profile: Singer And Pianist Nina Simone
A profile of jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Piano
Jazz. Page 5.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: What's the...
A brief look into what free jazz and free improvisation are, how they differ, and how they influence the jazz landscape today.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Portland Jazz Festival Opens With International...
Concert photos and review of Bebel Gilberto and Somi, Portland Jazz Festival 2015
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Introduction to Electronic Music: A Glossary
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.
Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Jazz Album Review: Hypercolor
Wanted: Listeners. Must Love Guitar. A review of New York jazz noise trio Hypercolor's debut album.
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
4 More Essential Jazz Guitarists
From Herb Ellis to Pat Metheny -- with Burrell and Martino -- four more essential jazz guitarists to consider.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Album Review: Art Blakey Quintet's 'A Night at...
Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1 - Review of Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1
Portland Jazz Fest Announces Lineup
The 12th annual Portland Jazz Festival will inaugurates a high school jazz competition, welcomes nine different singers and feature a performance by legendary bassist Ron Carter.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Artist Profile: Pianist Hank Jones
Profile of pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Album Review: 'Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben...
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.
3 Essential Paul Desmond Albums
Born in San Francisco in 1924, Paul Desmond was best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
85 Essential 60s and 70s Jazz Fusion Albums.
From Miles Davis to Tower of Power, here are 85 Essential 60s and 70s Jazz Fusion Albums.
Jazz Album Review: Karla Harris Sings The Dave...
A valiant but, ultimately, mediocre effort to set words to the music of Dave Brubeck.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
7 Great Jazz Songs About Cats
A seven song set of jazz tunes about cats, to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Jazz Album Review: Stanley Clarke Band's "UP"
Stanley Clarke's UP is a solid albeit uninspired set, concocted with the help of friends like Stewart Copeland and Joe Walsh.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
3 Greatest Jazz/Rock Bands Of All Time
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
5 Essential Nelson Riddle Albums
A buyer's guide suggesting the five best albums that include arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
Album Review: Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
A review of 'Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley,' the classic jazz album that perfectly blends jazz vocals and improvised saxophone.
6 Great Jazz Funk Songs From the 60s and 70s
The late 1960s and early 1970s were prime time for jazz musicians who wanted to get funky and R&B musicians
Jazz Concert Review: Elling Swings Sinatra
A review of Kurt Elling's Sinatra tribute concert at the Portland Jazz Festival.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Abbey Lincoln
A biography of the great jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist David 'Fathead'...
Profile of Saxophonist David Fathead Newman
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Jazz Album Review: Sasha's Bloc's "Heart On Fire"
An honorable stab at the styles of the masters with good songs and strong performances but little originality.
Jazz Profile: Pianist Bud Powell
A profile of jazz pianist and innovator Bud Powell.
Jazz Album Review: Steve Turre's "Spiritman"
Steve Turre's new album, Spiritman, finds the trombonist getting back to his swinging roots.
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Jazz Profile: Bebop Trumpeter Blue Mitchell
A profile of bebop jazz trumpeter, leader and sideman Blue Mitchell
Jazz Album Review: Jamie Cullum's "Interlude"
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5 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
5 Things About Buying A Jazz Stereo System
A guide about buying a stereo system.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Reviews Of Records By Tom Lagana, Michael...
A review of Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart - Ramshackle Serenade
Jazz Album Review: 'Introducing Katie Thiroux'
An admirable first shot over the bow for bassist, singer and composer Katie Thiroux.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Concert Review: Pianist Kris Davis at the Jazz...
A review of pianist Kris Davis' set at the Jazz Gallery on February 16th, 2012
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
The Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago
Information on the Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago
Diana Krall Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
Artist Profile: Drummer Roy Haynes
Artist profile of jazz drummer Roy Haynes.

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