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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
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 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: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
Drum Set
Jazz. Page 3.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Clarinet
Jazz. Page 2.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Trombone
Jazz. Page 7.
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Saxophone
Jazz. Page 6.
Guitar
Jazz. Page 4.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
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.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
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.
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: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Piano
Jazz. Page 5.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a 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.
Trumpet
Jazz. Page 8.
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
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.
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Jazz Buyer's Guide - 5 Best Jazz Christmas...
A review of Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (1960). Page 4.
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
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.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
3 New Jazz Albums We Know You'll Really Like
1. Branford Marsalis - In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral Okeh Records Branford has long been the
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
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: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
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.
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
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.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
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
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Review of Jeff Gauthier's 'House of Return'
Review of violinist Jeff Gauthier's House of Return
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
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.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
6 Essential John Scofield Albums
A survey of 6 Essential John Scofield albums, drawn from his extensive catalog of solo recordings since 1977.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Ragtime
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Profile of Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
A brief profile of the father of jazz, trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Live Jazz Review: Orrin Evans Trio
A review of Orrin Evans's performance at Jimmy Mak's, Portland
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
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 Vocalist Abbey Lincoln
A biography of the great jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
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.
Review: Terence Blanchard - Magnetic
A review of Terence Blancard's Magnetic
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.
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
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
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
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 Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Truly Terrible Jazz Album Covers
A look at Joe Albany with Warne Marsh – The Right Combination (Riverside, 1957). Page 2.
This Week's New Jazz Releases (1.13.14)
This Week's Jazz Releases. Page 5.
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Darlene Parker, Maceo Parker Band
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 12.
3 Greatest Jazz/Rock Bands Of All Time
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
Review: Yellowjackets - A Rise In The Road
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Artist Profile: Composer and Bandleader Maria...
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
7 Great Jazz Songs About Cats
A seven song set of jazz tunes about cats, to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month.
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
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
3 New Jazz Records You May or May Not Like
Chris Walden's Big band set. Jimmy McIntosh's aprty with his cool friends. Mike Stern and Eric Johnson's guitar god collaboration. Recommended or not?
PDX Jazz Drops April Schedule
Not satisfied to rest on the laurels won by this year's stunning 10-day Portland Jazz Festival, the PDX Jazz Society has a hefty schedule of five dates on
Top 10 Jazz Albums (Week of June 2, 2014)
Some sites do hours of research to come up with their charts. We just tell you what's good.
Hot 8 Brass Band Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band
3 Essential Mike Stern Albums
A buyer's guide of Mike Stern's three best albums.
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
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