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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
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.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
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.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
An Introduction To Bossa Nova Music
An introduction to bossa nova music, a combination of west coast cool jazz and Brazilian samba.
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
Our Favorite Albums of 2015...So Far
Four of our favorite albums of 2015, from one of our favorite saxophonists, a great young trumpeter and a fine singer.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
Drum Set
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Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
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.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
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.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland 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.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Trumpet
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Guitar
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Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Trombone
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Clarinet
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Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Saxophone
Jazz. Page 6.
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.
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Piano
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Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
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.
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: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
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.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
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.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
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.
9 Essential Jazz Love Songs
9 Essential Jazz Love Songs
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
7 Great Jazz Songs About Cats
A seven song set of jazz tunes about cats, to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month.
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.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Jazz Album Review: David Sanborn's "Time And...
A review of David Sanborn's new album, Time And The River.
5 Things About Buying A Jazz Stereo System
A guide about buying a stereo system.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
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.
13 Facts You Need To Know About Jazz Singer...
13 facts you need to know about jazz singer and civil rights activist, the beloved Lena Horne.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
3 Greatest Jazz/Rock Bands Of All Time
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
11 Facts You Need To Know About Jazz Trumpeter...
1. What's In A Name? Public Domain Jazz trumpeter Erskine Hawkins was born on this date (July 26, 1914)
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: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Best Jazz Concerts Of 2013
Best Jazz Concerts Of 2013
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
7 More New Jazz Releases For May 2015
Brief summaries of seven albums coming out this month, including discs from Anthony Strong, Joanna Pascale, John Patitucci and Kamasi Washington.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Jazz Blogroll
A list of links to jazz music blogs.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
12 Things You Need To Know About Keith Jarrett
12 Facts About Jazz Pianist Keith Jarrett
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
4 New Jazz Release for August 2015
Four new releases from pianists Catherine Marie Charlton and Donald Vega, Afro-Peruvian star Gabriel Alegria and roots jazz ensemble The Bumper Jacksons.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
13 Facts You Need To Know About Jazz Pianist...
13 facts You Need To Know About Jazz Pianist Andrew Hill, from his early years through his key recordings to his life as a teacher.
4 Essential 50s Jazz Guitar Records By Kenny...
An overview of four of jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell's best records from the 1950s.
Jazz Album Review: Jerry Kalaf's "Welcome To...
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Jazz Album Review: Dave Miller and Rebecca...
A review of The Dave Miller Trio and Rebecca Dumaine's The Consequence of You
Album Review: The Bad Plus' 'For All I Care'
Review of 'For All I Care' by The Bad Plus.
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Legendary Quartet To Drop New Album On Smoke...
Smoke Sessions to release Heads Of State's debut album featuring Buster Williams, Al Foster, Larry Willis and Gary Bartz.
5 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
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
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
3 Essential Mike Stern Albums
A buyer's guide of Mike Stern's three best albums.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Concert Review: Nate Wooley Quintet
A review of trumpeter Nate Wooley's quintet live at the Stone in Manhattan on July 15th, 2011.
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.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
5 Great Charlie Parker Performances
5 Great Charlie Parker Performances
Jazz Album Review: Kirk Knuffke's "Arms And...
A review of Kirk Knuffke's album Arms & Hands
Jazz Album Review: Jamie Cullum's "Interlude"
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Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Profile of Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
A brief profile of the father of jazz, trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
5 Essential Bob James Albums
A buyer's guide suggesting the five best albums from Bob James.
6 Essential Bossa Nova Jazz Songs
6 Essential Bossa Nova Jazz Songs by legends like Jobim, Getz and Gilberto
Jazz, the Reluctant Valetudinarian
A response to jazz writer Terry Teachout's article that claims the future of jazz is bleak.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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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.
Jazz Profile: Singer And Pianist Nina Simone
A profile of jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone.
Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet
A photo gallery of Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet
Photos of Ten Top Jazz Saxophonists
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
John Comerford on 'Icons Among Us: Jazz in the...
Interview with John Comerford, executive producer of jazz documentary 'Icons Among Us,' an exploration of contemporary jazz and some of today's most notable musicians.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist and Flutist James...
A biography of James Moody, jazz saxophonist and flutist.
Eliane Elias Talks About "I Thought About You"
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17 Facts You Need To Know About Jazz Bassist...
17 Facts You Need To Know About Stanley Clarke, from his earliest days to his religious inclinations.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Jazz Album Review: Karla Harris Sings The Dave...
A valiant but, ultimately, mediocre effort to set words to the music of Dave Brubeck.
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters

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