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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.
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.
What is Bebop?
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
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.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
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 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 Most Important Jazz Record Of The Year
Jimmy Greene's elegy for his departed daughter embodies joy and pain. It's the most important jazz record of the year.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
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.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
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.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile: Jazz 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.
Clarinet
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Drum Set
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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.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Trombone
Jazz. Page 7.
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.
Saxophone
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Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
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.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Guitar
Jazz. Page 4.
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.
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.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Jazz Buyer's Guide - 5 Best Jazz Christmas...
A review of Various Artists - Hipster’s Holiday (1999). Page 5.
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Piano
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Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
3 New Jazz Albums We Know You'll Really Like
1. Branford Marsalis - In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral Okeh Records Branford has long been the
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: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Trumpet
Jazz. Page 8.
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
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.
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
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.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
3 New Jazz Records You May or May Not Like
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: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
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: 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
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Review of Jeff Gauthier's 'House of Return'
Review of violinist Jeff Gauthier's House of Return
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
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
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
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.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
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: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
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.
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.
6 Essential John Scofield Albums
A survey of 6 Essential John Scofield albums, drawn from his extensive catalog of solo recordings since 1977.
Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
Photos of Ten Top Jazz Saxophonists
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Ragtime
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Review: Terence Blanchard - Magnetic
A review of Terence Blancard's Magnetic
Profile of Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
A brief profile of the father of jazz, trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Abbey Lincoln
A biography of the great jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
5 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
Jazz Festivals
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
3 Greatest Jazz/Rock Bands Of All Time
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
This Week's New Jazz Releases (1.13.14)
This Week's Jazz Releases. Page 5.
Hot 8 Brass Band Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band
Artist Profile: Composer and Bandleader Maria...
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sam Rivers
A brief biography of saxophonist Sam Rivers.
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Review: Yellowjackets - A Rise In The Road
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road
7 Great Jazz Vocals For Summer Lounging
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.
Jazz, the Reluctant Valetudinarian
A response to jazz writer Terry Teachout's article that claims the future of jazz is bleak.
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