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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.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
An overview of jazz in the 1930s, from The Great Depression to Charlie Parker.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
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 By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
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.
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 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
New to Jazz? Start Your Collection with These...
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
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.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
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.
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.
History of Jazz Saxophone - Saxophonists in...
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
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.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
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.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
An Introduction To Bossa Nova Music
An introduction to bossa nova music, a combination of west coast cool jazz and Brazilian samba.
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Drum Set
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Internet Jazz Radio - List of Jazz Internet...
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
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: 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.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
9 Essential Jazz Love Songs
9 Essential Jazz Love Songs
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
John Coltrane Biography - Profile of Tenor...
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
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: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Singers, from Nat King Cole to Ella Fitzgerald to Lena Horne.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Clarinet
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Saxophone
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Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Guitar
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Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
6 Essential John Scofield Albums
A survey of 6 Essential John Scofield albums, drawn from his extensive catalog of solo recordings since 1977.
Trombone
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New Jazz Releases - January 2016
January is for the ladies, as Lisa Hilton, Svetlana and the Delancey Five and Cyrille Aimee drop new records.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
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.
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Trumpet
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Piano
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Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
New Jazz Album Releases - February 2016
This month's new jazz releases include experimental fusion from Naked Truth, the return of pianist Renee Rosnes and a set from venerable drummer Herlin Riley.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
7 Great Jazz Songs About Cats
A seven song set of jazz tunes about cats, to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Jazz Blogroll
A list of links to jazz music blogs.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Essential Stan Getz
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3 Essential Mike Stern Albums
A buyer's guide of Mike Stern's three best albums.
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.
4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists, Part II
Biographies about 4 great clarinetists: Jimmy Giuffre, Artie Shaw, Bennie Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey.
Photos of Ten Top Jazz Saxophonists
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Jazz and Pop Music - Jazz and Popularity
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
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.
4 More Essential Jazz Guitarists
From Herb Ellis to Pat Metheny -- with Burrell and Martino -- four more essential jazz guitarists to consider.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
3 Greatest Jazz/Rock Bands Of All Time
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
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.
Jazz New for January 2016
Napoleon jams with the kids, Lloyd continues to impress, Marsalis hits the road and the jazz community mourns the loss of Paul Bley.
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
6 Great Jazz Funk Songs From the 60s and 70s
The late 1960s and early 1970s were prime time for jazz musicians who wanted to get funky and R&B musicians
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Singers Gotta Sing: Reviews Of Three New Jazz...
The latest albums from singers Sachal, Thana Alexa and Eliane Elias. 1. Sachal - Slow Motion Miracles
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
New Jazz Releases - November 2015
News on new releases by Robert Francis (channeling Chet Baker) a reissue of Coltrane's A Love Supreme and a lost live album by saxophonist Art Pepper.
5 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
5 Things About Buying A Jazz Stereo System
A guide about buying a stereo system.
Reviews Of Records By Tom Lagana, Michael...
Reviews of Tom Lagana Group with George Garzone, Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart, Michael Bellar And The As-is Ensemble and Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden
5 Great Charlie Parker Performances
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3 Essential Paul Desmond Albums
Born in San Francisco in 1924, Paul Desmond was best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Profile of Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
A brief profile of the father of jazz, trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
7 Jazz Songs For Your Dad
Father's Day is on the way so it makes perfect sense to spin a handful of cuts that speak to Daddy. Not all of them are about your father of origin but they make a great playlist just the same.
7 Great Jazz Songs About Sweets
June is National Candy Month and jazz is full of songs about sweets. Here are 7 Delicious Jazz Songs
Eagle Rock Releases McLaughlin, Santana,...
A buyer's guide of four new releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment.
Eliane Elias Talks About "I Thought About You"
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Jazz Album Review: The Kandinsky Effect's...
A very visual and cinematic group of writers and players, The Kandinsky Effect release their third album, Somnambulist.
Jazz On The Road - On Tour In January 2016
A bunch of jazzers are hitting the road this month and beyond, including the Mack Avenue Superband, jazz fusionists Kneebody and artists from the Motema Records stable.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
4 Essential Gabor Szabo Albums
One of jazz's most innovative guitarists, Gabor Szabo recorded extensively during the 1960s and 70s. Here are 4 Essential Gabor Szabo albums from his impressive repertoire.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Jazz Profile: Singer And Pianist Nina Simone
A profile of a legendary pianist Nina Simone, whose influence on jazz, rock and blues music is still felt years after her death.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
More New Jazz Album Releases - February 2016
New music from Nolatet, Groove Legacy and Bill Stewart along with a classic rerelease from Thad Jones and Mel Lewis and a new piano groove from Mark Etheredge.
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Photo of Jazz Saxophonist James Moody
Photo of jazz saxophonist James Moody. Page 6.
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
5 Essential Kenny Dorham Albums
A buyer's guide of Kenny Dorham's best five albums.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
6 Essential Bossa Nova Jazz Songs
6 Essential Bossa Nova Jazz Songs by legends like Jobim, Getz and Gilberto
Jazz Education News
A Purdue engineering student debits a jazz piece and jazz masters Burton, Sanders and Shepp to be awarded.
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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Jazz Album Review: David Sanborn's "Time And...
A review of David Sanborn's new album, Time And The River.

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