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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.
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.
Wondering What 'Ragtime' Is? Here's the Answer
A description of ragtime, including its musical characteristics, origins, and a list of prominent composers.
New to Jazz? Start Your Collection with These...
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
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 Bebop?
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
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 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
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.
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.
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.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
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.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
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.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
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
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: Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
A profile of Scott Joplin, the premiere ragtime pianist and composer whose style paved the way for early jazz.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Drum Set
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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.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
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.
Clarinet
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Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Jazz Album Review: The Best Of Madeleine Peyroux
Rounder Records compiles cuts from all six of Madeleine Peyroux's recordings in an artful and enjoyable set of her 15 best songs.
Saxophone
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Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Guitar
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Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
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.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
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 Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Trombone
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9 Luscious Jazz Standards For LAte Night...
Here's a playlist of 9 luscious jazz tunes, from Sonny Rollins to Barbra Streisand, for lavish late night listening.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
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.
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
6 New Jazz Albums for October Listening
6 new records from the likes of Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, frank Catalano and Michael O'neill.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Piano
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The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
3 Essential (Jazz) Crusaders Albums
From their 60 year recording catalog, here are 3 Essential Crusaders Albums that should be part of any collection.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Trumpet
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Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
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.
Live Jazz Review: Steve Gadd Band
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
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.
Ragtime
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
5 Essential Greg Osby Albums
The ever-restless Greg Osby has recorded jazz records of every stripe, from M-Base innovation to innovative approaches to the standards. Here are 5 Essential Greg Osby Albums.
Live From New York...
...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
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Photos of Ten Top Jazz Saxophonists
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
June Is Here And The Jazz Is In Bloom
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
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
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.
4 Essential Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Albums
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis was an incendiary saxophone player who was born in New York City in 1922. He came
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Chicago's Velvet Lounge
Information on the Velvet Lounge in Chicago.
Mike Longo And Company Step Into Another Jazzy...
Read about the latest trio album from pianist Mike Longo, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Lewis Nash.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Reviews of new jazz albums by Eric Reed, Mitch...
Eric Reed finds his groove, Mitch Haupers does something "suite" and folk legend Iain Matthews joins
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Reviews Of New Jazz by Steve Khan, Rick Braun,...
A review of Steve Khan - Subtext (Tone Center)
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
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.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Photo of Jazz Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Photo of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Reviews Of Records By Tom Lagana, Michael...
A review of Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart - Ramshackle Serenade
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Al Jarreau
A biography of jazz singer Al Jarreau, whose style draws from his jazz and pop music sensibilities.
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
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
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Artist Profile: Composer and Arranger Billy...
A biography of the composer, arranger, pianist Billy Strayhorn, who played a significant role in the the prestigious Duke Ellington Big Band.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Jazz Club Profile: The Village Vanguard
Description of the Village Vanguard jazz club.
Concert Review: Kneebody at Littlefield
A review of Kneebody's residency at Littlefield in Brooklyn, April 11 - 15, 2012.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
4 Essential Jackie McLean Albums
Jackie McLean was a New York City-born alto saxophonist who was a highly respected player as well as
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
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.
Diana Krall Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
Cat
: A nickname for anyone who plays jazz a furry domesticated animal who is usually indifferent to whether
Monterey Jazz Festival
A history of the Monterey Jazz Festival, and this year's festival lineup.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Live Jazz Review: Cannonball Adderley Legacy...
A review of Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band Featuring Louis Hayes, Jimmy Mak's, Portland, OR
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.
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