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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
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.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
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.
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Drum Set
Jazz. Page 3.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Clarinet
Jazz. Page 2.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
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.
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.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Saxophone
Jazz. Page 6.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Trombone
Jazz. Page 7.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
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.
Trumpet
Jazz. Page 8.
Piano
Jazz. Page 5.
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.
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
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 Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Jazz Album Review: Steve Turre's "Spiritman"
Steve Turre's new album, Spiritman, finds the trombonist getting back to his swinging roots.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
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.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
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.
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Jazz Review: Eddie Henderson's "Collective...
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Singers Gotta Sing: Reviews Of Three New Jazz...
The latest albums from singers Sachal, Thana Alexa and Eliane Elias. 1. Sachal - Slow Motion Miracles
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
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.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Jazz Concert Review: Elling Swings Sinatra
A review of Kurt Elling's Sinatra tribute concert at the Portland Jazz Festival.
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
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.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
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.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Cat
: A nickname for anyone who plays jazz a furry domesticated animal who is usually indifferent to whether
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
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.
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
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
7 Great Jazz Songs About Cats
A seven song set of jazz tunes about cats, to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month.
Darlene Parker, Maceo Parker Band
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 12.
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
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.
Jazz Festivals
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Artist Profile: Pianist Hank Jones
Profile of pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
Jazz Blogroll
A list of links to jazz music blogs.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Jazz Profile: Pianist Bud Powell
A profile of jazz pianist and innovator Bud Powell.
Album Review: 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson'
A review of the classic jazz album 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson.'
Jazz Club Profile: The Village Vanguard
Description of the Village Vanguard jazz club.
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.
Diana Krall Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
James Hall
Biography of jazz.about guest author James Hall.
Album Review: 'Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson...
A review of the classic 1957 jazz album 'Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio.'
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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Artist Profile: Pianist Herbie Hancock
A biography of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Maceo Parker, Bumbershoot, Seattle, August 31,...
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 13.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
5 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
4 Essential Tony Williams Albums
A quartet of essential albums recorded jazz fusion pioneer and drummer extraordinaire, Tony Williams, including his genre-busting debut, Life Time.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Artist Profile: Drummer Roy Haynes
Artist profile of jazz drummer Roy Haynes.
New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Announces Lineup
Don't Worry: There actually will be jazz performers there!
Artist To Watch: Jazz Singer Lauren Desberg
A profile of jazz singer Lauren Desberg.
Profile: Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
Profile of Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
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: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Jazz Profile: Bebop Trumpeter Kenny Dorham
A profile of bebop jazz trumpeter, leader and sideman Kenny Dorham
Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers

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