Jazz: Most Popular Articles
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 description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
A profile of civil rights in jazz. How jazz musicians spoke out for racial equality and social justice.
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
A list of ten founders of bebop.
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 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
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.
Jimmy Greene's elegy for his departed daughter embodies joy and pain. It's the most important jazz record of the year.
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
A brief history of jazz music.
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
Jazz music history arranged by decade. Read about advances made and important events in jazz in each decade since 1900.
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
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From Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonius Monk, here are 8 Essential Jazz piano Albums that should be included in every jazz collection.
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
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A profile of Scott Joplin, the premiere ragtime pianist and composer whose style paved the way for early jazz.
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Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
From Louis Armstrong to Chuck Mangione, here are 10 Essential Jazz Trumpet 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.
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Pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington wasn’t comfortable with the term jazz. He hoped to create music that was unclassifiable.
A biography of saxophonist Sidney Bechet, one of the first early jazz musicians to develop a distinct and virtuosic style of improvisation.
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
A review of Various Artists - Hipster’s Holiday (1999). Page 5.
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
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Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
1. Branford Marsalis - In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral Okeh Records Branford has long been the
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.
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: âCannonballâ was originally
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Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
A brief look into what free jazz and free improvisation are, how they differ, and how they influence the jazz landscape today.
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Stanley Clarke's UP is a solid albeit uninspired set, concocted with the help of friends like Stewart Copeland and Joe Walsh.
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
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.
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
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
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?
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
A biography of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, who gave voice to the sounds of bebop, and recorded popular song and jazz with equal flair.
Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1 - Review of Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Review of violinist Jeff Gauthier's House of Return
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
A review of Orrin Evans's performance at Jimmy Mak's, Portland
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
A list of depressing jazz songs, for those who aren't feeling cheerful and full of love on Valentine's Day.
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
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 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.
A survey of 6 Essential John Scofield albums, drawn from his extensive catalog of solo recordings since 1977.
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
: short for âaccompany.â When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
A review of Terence Blancard's Magnetic
A brief profile of the father of jazz, trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
A biography of the great jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
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A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
A brief biography of saxophonist Sam Rivers.
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road
Norah Jones. Mel Torme. Lena Horne. Diana Krall. Fire up the barbecue, break open the wine & enjoy 7 jazz vocal songs perfect for summer lounging.
A response to jazz writer Terry Teachout's article that claims the future of jazz is bleak.