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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.
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.
New to Jazz? Start Your Collection with These...
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
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 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.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
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.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with 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.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
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.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Drum Set
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Guitar
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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.
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.
Clarinet
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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.
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.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Saxophone
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Trombone
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Piano
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Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
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.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
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.
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.
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Jazz Album Review: David Sanborn's "Time And...
A review of David Sanborn's new album, Time And The River.
Trumpet
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Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
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.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
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: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
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.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
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.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
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.
5 Things About Buying A Jazz Stereo System
A guide about buying a stereo system.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
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.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Jazz Album Review: Steve Turre's "Spiritman"
Steve Turre's new album, Spiritman, finds the trombonist getting back to his swinging roots.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
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.
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.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Composer and Bandleader Maria...
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
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.
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Jazz Profile: Bebop Trumpeter Kenny Dorham
A profile of bebop jazz trumpeter, leader and sideman Kenny Dorham
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Photo of Jazz Saxophonist James Moody
Photo of jazz saxophonist James Moody. Page 6.
Jazz Review: Eddie Henderson's "Collective...
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Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
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.
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.
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Al Jarreau
A biography of jazz singer Al Jarreau, whose style draws from his jazz and pop music sensibilities.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
5 Essential Nelson Riddle Albums
A buyer's guide suggesting the five best albums that include arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
Sullivan Fortner Wins 2015 Jazz Fellowship Award
Young pianist takes home $50,000 prize in competition.
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
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.
Jazz Festivals
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
7 Great Jazz Songs About Cats
A seven song set of jazz tunes about cats, to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month.
Jazz Concert Review: Elling Swings Sinatra
A review of Kurt Elling's Sinatra tribute concert at the Portland Jazz Festival.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Cat
: A nickname for anyone who plays jazz a furry domesticated animal who is usually indifferent to whether
Earl Klugh Talks About "Hand Picked"
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Jazz Album Review: Accent's "Here We Are"
Promoting themselves as six guys from five countries with one sound, international a capella group Accent offer their debut album.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Jazz Blogroll
A list of links to jazz music blogs.
Artist Profile: Pianist Hank Jones
Profile of pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
Chicago's Velvet Lounge
Information on the Velvet Lounge in Chicago.
Artist Profile: Pianist Herbie Hancock
A biography of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist David 'Fathead'...
Profile of Saxophonist David Fathead Newman
Jazz Album Review: 'Introducing Katie Thiroux'
An admirable first shot over the bow for bassist, singer and composer Katie Thiroux.
Artist Profile: Drummer Roy Haynes
Artist profile of jazz drummer Roy Haynes.
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Truly Terrible Jazz Album Covers
A look at Chet Baker and Art Pepper – Playboys (World Pacific, 1956). Page 5.
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.

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