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New to Jazz? Start Your Collection with These...
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
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.
Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement
A profile of civil rights in jazz. How jazz musicians spoke out for racial equality and social justice.
Ten Swing Era Musicians
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.
What Is Bebop?
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
What Is Ragtime?
A description of ragtime, including its musical characteristics, origins, and a list of prominent composers.
Jazz by Decade: 1930 - 1940
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
Ten 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.
Ten Bebop Musicians
A list of ten founders of bebop.
What Is Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
At a Glance: Jazz History
Jazz music history arranged by decade. Read about advances made and important events in jazz in each decade since 1900.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Best Jazz Concerts Of 2013
Best Jazz Concerts Of 2013
Jazz By Decade: 1920 - 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
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.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Pianist and Bandleader Duke Ellington
Profile of pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Jazz Album Review: Theo Croker - AfroPhysicist...
A review of Theo Croker's AfroPhysicist
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
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.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
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.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
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.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Drum Set
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Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Clarinet
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Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Trumpet
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Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Saxophone
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Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Trombone
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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 Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
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
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
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.
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.
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.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Jazz Album Review: Omar Hakim's "We Are One"
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Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Interview: Composer and Arranger Ryan Truesdell...
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.
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.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Guitar
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'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Jazz Club Profile: The Village Vanguard
Description of the Village Vanguard jazz club.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Artist Profile: Composer and Bandleader Maria...
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Jazz Album Review: Natalie Cressman's "Turn The...
A review of Natalie Cressman's Turn The Sea
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Profile of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Al Jarreau
A biography of jazz singer Al Jarreau, whose style draws from his jazz and pop music sensibilities.
Jazz Album Review: Bernie Worrell's "Elevation:...
A review of Bernie Worrell's Elevation: The Upper Air
Jazz Concert Review: Spring Quartet (DeJohnette...
A concert review of the Spring Quartet, featuring Esperanza Spalding, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Leo Genovese
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Review: George Benson - Inspiration
A review of George Benson's Inspiration, A Tribute To Nat King Cole
Artist Profile: Pianist Herbie Hancock
A biography of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Profile: Bassist Mimi Jones
A profile of jazz singer Zara McFarlane
Valentine's Day List: Five Depressing Jazz Songs
A list of depressing jazz songs, for those who aren't feeling cheerful and full of love on Valentine's Day.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Jazz Buyer's Guide - 5 Best Jazz Christmas...
Jazz Buyer's Guide - 5 Best Jazz Christmas Records Of All Time
Live Jazz Review: Steve Gadd Band
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
James Hall
Biography of jazz.about guest author James Hall.
Piano
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Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
Profile of Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
A brief profile of the father of jazz, trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Interview with Pianist Bill Carrothers
An interview with jazz pianist Bill Carrothers, in which he discusses what it's like being a jazz musician in the boonies of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery
A gallery of Steely Dan performing in Portland, OR, August 13, 2013. Page 9.
Ragtime
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Jazz Album Review: Lisa Hilton's "Kaleidoscope"
A review of Lisa Hilton's Kaleidoscope
Cat
: A nickname for anyone who plays jazz a furry domesticated animal who is usually indifferent to whether
Harmolodics
Harmolodics is an approach coined by Ornette Coleman, and associated with avant-garde jazz.
Profile: Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
Profile of Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
Valentine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About...
Five classic jazz songs about lost love.
Album Review: 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson'
A review of the classic jazz album 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson.'
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Live Jazz Review: Orrin Evans Trio
A review of Orrin Evans's performance at Jimmy Mak's, Portland
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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