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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.
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 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
What is Bebop?
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
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.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
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 Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
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 By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
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.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
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: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
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.
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.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
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.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
5 Great Places To Buy Vinyl Jazz Records Online
Want to find jazz music on vinyl? Here are five great online sources to find jazz records on slabs on polyvinyl chloride.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Drum Set
Jazz. Page 3.
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.
Saxophone
Jazz. Page 6.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
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.
Reviews Of New Jazz by Steve Khan, Rick Braun,...
A review of Steve Khan - Subtext (Tone Center)
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.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Clarinet
Jazz. Page 2.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Trumpet
Jazz. Page 8.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Artist Profile: Composer and Bandleader Maria...
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Reviews Of Records By Haas Kowert Tice, Yelena...
Sean Jones Quartet - Im-pro-vise | Never Seen Before (Mack Avenue)
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Trombone
Jazz. Page 7.
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
What Happens When A Young Gun Meets A Pair Of...
Review of The New Standard by Jamie Saft, Bobby Previte and Steve Swallow
What Does Jazz Guitarist Tom Chang Have Up his...
A review of Tom Chang's album Tongue And groove.
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.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
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
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Artist Profile: Pianist Herbie Hancock
A biography of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Photos of Ten Top Jazz Saxophonists
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Live Jazz Review: George Colligan Quintet Plays...
A review of Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band Featuring Louis Hayes, Jimmy Mak's, Portland, OR
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Jazz Club Profile: The Village Vanguard
Description of the Village Vanguard jazz club.
140 Word Reviews Of The Latest In Jazz
A review of The Rippingtons' Fountain Of Youth
Profile: Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
Profile of Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
Jazz Buyer's Guide - Bebop Trumpeter Kenny Dorham
A review of Kenny Dorham's Quiet Kenny album. Page 4.
Review: Yellowjackets - A Rise In The Road
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road
Jazz Festivals
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
With A Name Like Mingo Fishtrap, It Has To Be...
A review of the latest album, On Time, by Texas blues, jazz and funk band Mingo Fishtrap.
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.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Chicago's Velvet Lounge
Information on the Velvet Lounge in Chicago.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Reviews Of Records By Tom Lagana, Michael...
A review of Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart - Ramshackle Serenade
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.
Releasing The Rare Noise
A review of Jamie Saft and Joe Morris' Plymouth. Page 3.
Album Review: 'Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson...
A review of the classic 1957 jazz album 'Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio.'
Darlene Parker, Maceo Parker Band
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 12.
Guitar
Jazz. Page 4.
Album Review: The Bad Plus' 'For All I Care'
Review of 'For All I Care' by The Bad Plus.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Jazz Album Review: Bernie Worrell's "Elevation:...
A review of Bernie Worrell's Elevation: The Upper Air
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
A brief profile of the father of jazz, trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Album Review: 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson'
A review of the classic jazz album 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson.'
Best Jazz Albums Of 2013
Best Jazz Albums Of 2013
Ragtime
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Artist Profile: Pianist Hank Jones
Profile of pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
Jazz Blogroll
A list of links to jazz music blogs.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
"Little" Jimmy Scott (1925-2014)
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Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Diana Krall
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
This Week's New Jazz Releases, Part 1 (1.20.14)
This Week's Jazz Releases (1/20/14). Page 3.
Review of Jeff Gauthier's 'House of Return'
Review of violinist Jeff Gauthier's House of Return
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