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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.
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.
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.
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 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
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.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
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.
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 By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
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.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
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.
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.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
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.
Drum Set
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Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
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Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
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.
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Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
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5 New Jazz Albums Worth A Listen
The venerable Carmen Lundy gets soulful, Wadada Leo Smith experiments and Cyrus Chestnut stays true while Doug White and Chris Dundas speak the language. Here are 5 New Jazz Albums Worth A Listen.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
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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.
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: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
4 Jazz Musicians Who Died Young
In general, it seems jazz musicians tend to live considerably longer than their rock contemporaries. Some jazzers are still performing well into their 80s. Some, however, died young, as this list attests.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
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.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
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.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
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.
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.
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Live Jazz Review: Steve Gadd Band
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
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
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
5 Essential Nelson Riddle Albums
A buyer's guide suggesting the five best albums that include arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
5 Essential Kenny Dorham Albums
A buyer's guide of Kenny Dorham's best five albums.
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
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Reviews of new jazz albums by Claire Martin and...
A review of Claire Martin - Time and Place (Linn)
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Jazz Buyer's Guide - Fusion Pianist Joe Sample
A buyer's guide of Joe Sample's best five albums.
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.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Album Review: 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson'
A review of the classic jazz album 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson.'
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Profile of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Reviews of new jazz albums by Wil Blades, Louis...
Review: Mark Turner Quartet - The Lathe Of Heaven (ECM)
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist David 'Fathead'...
Profile of Saxophonist David Fathead Newman
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Abbey Lincoln
A biography of the great jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
Releasing The Rare Noise
A review of Jamie Saft and Joe Morris' Plymouth. Page 3.
Artist To Watch: Jazz Singer Lauren Desberg
A profile of jazz singer Lauren Desberg.
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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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.
5 Great Places To Buy Vinyl Jazz Records Online
Want to find jazz music on vinyl? Here are five great online sources to find jazz records on slabs on polyvinyl chloride.
With A Name Like Mingo Fishtrap, It Has To Be...
A review of the latest album, On Time, by Texas blues, jazz and funk band Mingo Fishtrap.
Artist Profile: Pianist Hank Jones
Profile of pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Reviews of new jazz albums by Kenny Werner,...
This week's trio of new jazz records offers two strong records from the High Note catalog -- Kenny Werner
Jazz Profile: Bebop Trumpeter Kenny Dorham
A profile of bebop jazz trumpeter, leader and sideman Kenny Dorham
5 Essential Bob James Albums
A buyer's guide suggesting the five best albums from Bob James.
What's Happening This Week In Jazz
News on the DC Jazz Fest, Marcus Miller & Dave Douglas tour updates, Don Cheadle's new Miles Davis film and Newtown High School Jazz Band's fundraiser
Jazz Profile: Bebop Trumpeter Blue Mitchell
A profile of bebop jazz trumpeter, leader and sideman Blue Mitchell
What Happens When A Young Gun Meets A Pair Of...
Review of The New Standard by Jamie Saft, Bobby Previte and Steve Swallow
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Attack Of The Indies - Independent Jazz Buyer's...
A review of releases by Bill McBirney, Randy Brecker and Anton Schwartz
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
A Great Day in Harlem - A Film about the Iconic...
A review of the film 'A Great Day in Harlem,' which tells the story behind the iconic 1958 photo of the same name which shows 57 notable jazz musicians together on a Harlem stoop.
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
Jazz Profile: Pianist Bud Powell
A profile of jazz pianist and innovator Bud Powell.
Concert Review: 'Campo' by Pedro Giraudo's Jazz...
Review of 'Campo' by bassist Pedro Giraudo, performed at the Jazz Gallery on March 6th, 2009.
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
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