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New to Jazz? Start Your Collection with These...
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
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.
Jazz and 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.
Ten Swing Era Musicians
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 Ragtime?
A description of ragtime, including its musical characteristics, origins, and a list of prominent composers.
Jazz by Decade: 1930 - 1940
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
Ten Bebop Musicians
A list of ten founders of bebop.
What Is Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
Ten 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.
At a Glance: Jazz History
Jazz music history arranged by decade. Read about advances made and important events in jazz in each decade since 1900.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Jazz By Decade: 1920 - 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
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.
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.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
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.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Jazz Album Review: Theo Croker - AfroPhysicist...
A review of Theo Croker's AfroPhysicist
Drum Set
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Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Pianist and Bandleader Duke Ellington
Profile of pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington.
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
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.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Clarinet
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10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Trumpet
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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.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Saxophone
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Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Jazz Club Profile: The Village Vanguard
Description of the Village Vanguard jazz club.
Jazz Concert Review: Donny McCaslin And The Trio
A concert review of the Donny McCaslin Trio at Jimmy Mak's, Portland
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
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
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Trombone
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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.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Jazz Album Review: Natalie Cressman's "Turn The...
A review of Natalie Cressman's Turn The Sea
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Guitar
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Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Artist Profile: Composer and Arranger Billy...
A biography of the composer, arranger, pianist Billy Strayhorn, who played a significant role in the the prestigious Duke Ellington Big Band.
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.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
5 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
Jazz Concert Review: Spring Quartet (DeJohnette...
A concert review of the Spring Quartet, featuring Esperanza Spalding, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano and Leo Genovese
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.
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
Piano
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The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Profile of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
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: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Jazz Festivals
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
Live Jazz Review: Steve Gadd Band
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
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: Pianist Herbie Hancock
A biography of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Jazz Album Review: Omar Hakim's "We Are One"
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Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Album Review: 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson'
A review of the classic jazz album 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson.'
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Review: George Benson - Inspiration
A review of George Benson's Inspiration, A Tribute To Nat King Cole
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
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.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
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.
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Artist Profile: Composer and Bandleader Maria...
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
Diana Krall
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Jazz Album Review: Bernie Worrell's "Elevation:...
A review of Bernie Worrell's Elevation: The Upper Air
Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
Profile: Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
Profile of Jazz Festival Founder George Wein
Album Review: The Bad Plus' 'For All I Care'
Review of 'For All I Care' by The Bad Plus.
This Week's Featured Jazz Releases (2.24.14)
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
Best Jazz Albums Of 2013
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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Review of Rudresh Mahanthappa's 'Kinsmen'
Album review of Rudresh Mahanthappa's Kinsmen.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Cat
: A nickname for anyone who plays jazz a furry domesticated animal who is usually indifferent to whether
Darlene Parker, Maceo Parker Band
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 12.
Review: Yellowjackets - A Rise In The Road
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road

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