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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.
A profile of civil rights in jazz. How jazz musicians spoke out for racial equality and social justice.
A description of ragtime, including its musical characteristics, origins, and a list of prominent composers.
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
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.
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 ten founders of bebop.
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
Jazz music history arranged by decade. Read about advances made and important events in jazz in each decade since 1900.
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
A brief history of jazz music.
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
A profile of Scott Joplin, the premiere ragtime pianist and composer whose style paved the way for early jazz.
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Stanley Clarke's UP is a solid albeit uninspired set, concocted with the help of friends like Stewart Copeland and Joe Walsh.
From Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonius Monk, here are 8 Essential Jazz piano Albums that should be included in every jazz collection.
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.
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
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.
From Louis Armstrong to Chuck Mangione, here are 10 Essential Jazz Trumpet Albums that should be included in every jazz collection.
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
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A biography of saxophonist Sidney Bechet, one of the first early jazz musicians to develop a distinct and virtuosic style of improvisation.
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The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
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Pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington wasn’t comfortable with the term jazz. He hoped to create music that was unclassifiable.
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
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Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Here's a playlist of 9 luscious jazz tunes, from Sonny Rollins to Barbra Streisand, for lavish late night listening.
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
A brief look into what free jazz and free improvisation are, how they differ, and how they influence the jazz landscape today.
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Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
6 new records from the likes of Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, frank Catalano and Michael O'neill.
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
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A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Five classic jazz songs about love:
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.
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Rounder Records compiles cuts from all six of Madeleine Peyroux's recordings in an artful and enjoyable set of her 15 best songs.
: short for âaccompany.â When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
A biography of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, who gave voice to the sounds of bebop, and recorded popular song and jazz with equal flair.
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: âCannonballâ was originally
From their 60 year recording catalog, here are 3 Essential Crusaders Albums that should be part of any collection.
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
...it's a great array of jazz performances. Headlining the list is a trio set tonight at the shape shifter lab by Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and
Photos from John Scofield's appearance with his Uberjam Band at The String Cheese Incident, North Plains, Oregon, August 4, 2013
June is prime time for outdoor jazz festivals. The first half of the month includes some classics, including the venerable Playboy Jazz Festival in Los
A list of depressing jazz songs, for those who aren't feeling cheerful and full of love on Valentine's Day.
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
A biography of the composer, arranger, pianist Billy Strayhorn, who played a significant role in the the prestigious Duke Ellington Big Band.
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1 - Review of Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks â Background : One of fifteen children,
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Read about the latest trio album from pianist Mike Longo, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Lewis Nash.
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
With the end of the month, we round up a six pack of records that have been sitting on our desk and spinning on our CD player.
Eric Reed finds his groove, Mitch Haupers does something "suite" and folk legend Iain Matthews joins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
A review of Steve Khan - Subtext (Tone Center)
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
A review of 'Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley,' the classic jazz album that perfectly blends jazz vocals and improvised saxophone.
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.
Profile of pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
This week's trio of new jazz records offers two strong records from the High Note catalog -- Kenny Werner
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Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
A quartet of essential albums recorded jazz fusion pioneer and drummer extraordinaire, Tony Williams, including his genre-busting debut, Life Time.
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A review of Orrin Evans's performance at Jimmy Mak's, Portland
The 12th annual Portland Jazz Festival will inaugurates a high school jazz competition, welcomes nine different singers and feature a performance by legendary bassist Ron Carter.
Father's Day is on the way so it makes perfect sense to spin a handful of cuts that speak to Daddy. Not all of them are about your father of origin but they make a great playlist just the same.
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.