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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.
New to Jazz? Start Your Collection with These...
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
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.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
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 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.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
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.
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.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
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.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Drum Set
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Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Clarinet
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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.
12 Things You Need To Know About Keith Jarrett
12 Facts About Jazz Pianist Keith Jarrett
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
7 New Jazz Releases For May 2015
Brief summaries of seven albums coming out this month, including discs from Antonio Sanchez, Matthew Stevens, Joe Alterman, Vincent Herring and Michael Dees.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
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.
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.
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
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Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Guitar
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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.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
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
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: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Trombone
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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.
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
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.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Trumpet
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Piano
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Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
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.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
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.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Truly Terrible Jazz Album Covers
A look at Chet Baker and Art Pepper – Playboys (World Pacific, 1956). Page 5.
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
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
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.
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
13 Things You Need To Know About Woody Herman...
13 Important Facts About Jazz Bandleader and Wind Player Woody Herman.
Jazz Album Review: David Sanborn's "Time And...
A review of David Sanborn's new album, Time And The River.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
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 Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
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.
Jazz Blogroll
A list of links to jazz music blogs.
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
3 Greatest Jazz/Rock Bands Of All Time
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
4 Essential Tony Williams Albums
A quartet of essential albums recorded jazz fusion pioneer and drummer extraordinaire, Tony Williams, including his genre-busting debut, Life Time.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Chicago's Velvet Lounge
Information on the Velvet Lounge in Chicago.
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Artist Profie: Saxophonist Albert Ayler
A brief biography of avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Album Review: The Bad Plus' 'For All I Care'
Review of 'For All I Care' by The Bad Plus.
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
140 Words On...
We can't summarize an album in 140 characters a la Twitter but we can say a lot in 140 words. Click here for 140 words each on new albums by The
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,
Cool Jazz
Cool Jazz was a subdued and cerebral offshoot of bebop.
Jazz Review: Eddie Henderson's "Collective...
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Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
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.
George Benson Talks About "Inspiration"
An interview with George Benson about his new album: Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole
Album Review: 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson'
A review of the classic jazz album 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson.'
Live Jazz Review: Orrin Evans Trio
A review of Orrin Evans's performance at Jimmy Mak's, Portland
A Trip To Haslanger's Gallery
Elias Haslanger's recently released album, Live At The Gallery, is a tasteful and well-tuned collection of jazz standards that cover everything from
Meet Alfredo Rodriguez
Young pianist Alfredo Rodriguez has a new album out and a story to tell. Learn more about him here. Photo by Anna Webber/Courtesy of Mack Avenue Records
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
5 Essential Kenny Dorham Albums
A review of Kenny Dorham's Jazz Contemporary
Jazz Album Review: Chris Dingman's "The...
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Theo Croker Gets Props
We're pleased to say we were one of the first sites to get on the Theo Croker bandwagon with our review of his album AfroPhysicist. Now NPR is finally
Jazz Album Review: Michael Valeanu's "Hard To...
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June Is Here And The Jazz Is In Bloom
June is prime time for outdoor jazz festivals. The first half of the month includes some classics, including the venerable Playboy Jazz Festival in Los
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Pianist Adopts Band
In an effort to expand the horizons of jazz -- and help young players, as well -- Jason Moran has, in effect, adopted a high school jazz band. So says
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Jazz Album Review: Kirk Knuffke's "Arms And...
A review of Kirk Knuffke's album Arms & Hands

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