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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.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
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.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
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.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Reviews of new jazz albums by Wil Blades, Louis...
Review: Mark Turner Quartet - The Lathe Of Heaven (ECM)
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
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.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Drum Set
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Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
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: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
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.
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.
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.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Reviews of new jazz albums by Claire Martin and...
A review of Claire Martin - Time and Place (Linn)
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Clarinet
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Trombone
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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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Jazz, the Reluctant Valetudinarian
A response to jazz writer Terry Teachout's article that claims the future of jazz is bleak.
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.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Guitar
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Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Trumpet
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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: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Saxophone
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Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
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.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
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: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
6 New Jazz Records Worth Checking Out
With the end of the month, we round up a six pack of records that have been sitting on our desk and spinning on our CD player.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
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.
Review: Terence Blanchard - Magnetic
A review of Terence Blancard's Magnetic
Photos of Ten Top Jazz Saxophonists
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Reviews Of New Jazz by Steve Khan, Rick Braun,...
Review: Cyrille Aimee - It's A Good Day (Mack Avenue)
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
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
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
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: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
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
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
What Does Jazz Guitarist Tom Chang Have Up his...
A review of Tom Chang's album Tongue And groove.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Piano
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Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Album Review: Becca Stevens Band - 'Weightless'
A review of vocalist Becca Stevens' album 'Weightless.'
Album Review: 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson'
A review of the classic jazz album 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson.'
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
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.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
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.
Reviews Of Records By Tom Lagana, Michael...
A review of Larry Goldings/Peter Bernstein/Bill Stewart - Ramshackle Serenade
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Harmolodics
Harmolodics is an approach coined by Ornette Coleman, and associated with avant-garde jazz.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
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.
Harvey Mason's New Album Boasts Many Colors
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Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Reviews of new jazz albums by Nicola Conte,...
Review: Jamila Ford - The Deep End (Jamila Ford)
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Jazz Blogroll
A list of links to jazz music blogs.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Artist Profile: Drummer Roy Haynes
Artist profile of jazz drummer Roy Haynes.
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
A Wonderful Day In The (Jazz) Neighborhood
It's been a great day to be the jazz guide here at About.com. Today's mail delivery included a CD by a young cat named Warren Wolf. The young man plays the
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sam Rivers
A brief biography of saxophonist Sam Rivers.
140 Word Reviews Of The Latest In Jazz
A review of The Rippingtons' Fountain Of Youth
George Benson Talks About "Inspiration"
An interview with George Benson about his new album: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Chicago's Velvet Lounge
Information on the Velvet Lounge in Chicago.
Artist Profile: Composer and Bandleader Maria...
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
Eagle Rock Releases McLaughlin, Santana,...
A review of Caro Emerald: In Concert
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Jazz Album Review: Theo Croker - AfroPhysicist...
A review of Theo Croker's AfroPhysicist
Buyer's Guide - Nelson Riddle
A buyer's guide suggesting the five best albums that include arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
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.
A Great Day in Harlem - A Film about the Iconic...
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.
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