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Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
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 bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
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 description of ragtime, including its musical characteristics, origins, and a list of prominent composers.
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
A list of ten founders of bebop.
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
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 brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
Jazz music history arranged by decade. Read about advances made and important events in jazz in each decade since 1900.
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
A brief history of jazz music.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
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.
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
A profile of Scott Joplin, the premiere ragtime pianist and composer whose style paved the way for early jazz.
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
A review of Theo Croker's AfroPhysicist
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Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Profile of pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington.
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
A brief look into what free jazz and free improvisation are, how they differ, and how they influence the jazz landscape today.
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
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A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
: short for âaccompany.â When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
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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.
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
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A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Description of the Village Vanguard jazz club.
A concert review of the Donny McCaslin Trio at Jimmy Mak's, Portland
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1 - Review of Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
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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 Vocalist Michael Buble
A review of Natalie Cressman's Turn The Sea
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
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A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
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.
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
A biography of the composer, arranger, pianist Billy Strayhorn, who played a significant role in the the prestigious Duke Ellington Big Band.
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.
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
A concert review of the Spring Quartet, featuring Esperanza Spalding, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Leo Genovese
A review of 'Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley,' the classic jazz album that perfectly blends jazz vocals and improvised saxophone.
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
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Profile of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
A biography of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, who gave voice to the sounds of bebop, and recorded popular song and jazz with equal flair.
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Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
A list of depressing jazz songs, for those who aren't feeling cheerful and full of love on Valentine's Day.
A biography of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
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A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
A review of the classic jazz album 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson.'
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
A review of George Benson's Inspiration, A Tribute To Nat King Cole
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
A review of the film 'A Great Day in Harlem,' which tells the story behind the iconic 1958 photo of the same name which shows 57 notable jazz musicians together on a Harlem stoop.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
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.
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks â Background : One of fifteen children,
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
A review of Bernie Worrell's Elevation: The Upper Air
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
Profile of Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
Review of 'For All I Care' by The Bad Plus.
Reviews of new albums Piano Nights by Bohren And Der Club Of Gore, Oh No! Not Jazz! by Ed Palermo Big Thumbscrew and the debut album by Thumbscrew
Best Jazz Albums Of 2013
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Album review of Rudresh Mahanthappa's Kinsmen.
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
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A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 12.
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road