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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.
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.
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
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.
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
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.
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.
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
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
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.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Trombone
Jazz. Page 7.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Drum Set
Jazz. Page 3.
Clarinet
Jazz. Page 2.
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.
Saxophone
Jazz. Page 6.
Guitar
Jazz. Page 4.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Trumpet
Jazz. Page 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Jazz Review: Eddie Henderson's "Collective...
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4 More Essential Jazz Guitarists
From Herb Ellis to Pat Metheny -- with Burrell and Martino -- four more essential jazz guitarists to consider.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
Piano
Jazz. Page 5.
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Announces Lineup
Don't Worry: There actually will be jazz performers there!
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
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.
Jazz Album Review: Jamie Cullum's "Interlude"
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Maceo Parker, Bumbershoot, Seattle, August 31,...
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 13.
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
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.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Dennis Rollins, Maceo Parker Band
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 14.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Darlene Parker, Maceo Parker Band
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 12.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz 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.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
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
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
6 Essential Jazz Guitarists
A baker's half dozen of guitar heroes who are part of the essential jazz canon, from Django to Joe.
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: '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.
5 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
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.
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Album Review: Tyshawn Sorey's 'Koan'
Review of 'Koan' by Tyshawn Sorey
Hot 8 Brass Band Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band
60 Soul Jazz Grooves From The 60s
The music known as Soul Jazz provides a unique window into the develop of jazz during one of America's
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
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: 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
Album Review: 'Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson...
A review of the classic 1957 jazz album 'Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio.'
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
The Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago
Information on the Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Profile of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Chicago's Velvet Lounge
Information on the Velvet Lounge in Chicago.
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
The Most Important Jazz Record Of The Year
Jimmy Greene's elegy for his departed daughter embodies joy and pain. It's the most important jazz record of the year.
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Valentine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About...
Five classic jazz songs about lost love.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Diana Krall Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
3 Greatest Jazz/Rock Bands Of All Time
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
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.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
3 New Jazz Records for End of Year Listening
Reviews of Allan Harris' Black Bar Jukebox, Ju Meets Moster and The Process: Jon Batiste, Chad Smith, Bill Laswell
Portland Jazz Festival Locks In Schedule
Portland Festival locks in solid schedule.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
NYC Gallery Launches With Metheny Exhibition
In conjunction with this week's release of Pat Metheny's new Unity Group album Kin, New York's Azart Gallery is hosting an exhibition that offers insight into
Profile of Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
A brief profile of the father of jazz, trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist David 'Fathead'...
Profile of Saxophonist David Fathead Newman
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
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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