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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
An Introduction To Bossa Nova Music
An introduction to bossa nova music, a combination of west coast cool jazz and Brazilian samba.
What is Bebop?
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
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.
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
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.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
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.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
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.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
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.
Drum Set
Jazz. Page 3.
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.
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.'
Clarinet
Jazz. Page 2.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
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.
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.
New Jazz Albums and Tours for August 2015
Two new albums and two new tours to talk about here, as we look in on Kait Dunton, Yelena Eckemoff, Lizz Wright and Snarky Puppy.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Guitar
Jazz. Page 4.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Mike Longo And Company Step Into Another Jazzy...
Read about the latest trio album from pianist Mike Longo, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Lewis Nash.
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.
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Saxophone
Jazz. Page 6.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Trombone
Jazz. Page 7.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
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.
Trumpet
Jazz. Page 8.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Piano
Jazz. Page 5.
Jazz Festivals Across The Country Get Ready To...
A look at what's happening with jazz festivals around the country.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
9 Essential Jazz Love Songs
9 Essential Jazz Love Songs
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
3 Essential Mike Stern Albums
A buyer's guide of Mike Stern's three best albums.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
3 Essential Jazz Recordings By Trumpeter Lee...
A survey of three essential albums by jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
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.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
7 Great Jazz Songs About Cats
A seven song set of jazz tunes about cats, to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month.
Album Review: The Bad Plus' 'For All I Care'
Review of 'For All I Care' by The Bad Plus.
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.
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.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
3 Essential Paul Desmond Albums
Born in San Francisco in 1924, Paul Desmond was best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
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.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Concert Review: Nate Wooley Quintet
A review of trumpeter Nate Wooley's quintet live at the Stone in Manhattan on July 15th, 2011.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
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: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
5 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
4 Essential Albums From Jazz Saxophonist Hank...
A selection of 4 of the best jazz albums by legendary bebop saxophonist Hank Mobley.
3 Greatest Jazz/Rock Bands Of All Time
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
Artist Profile: Pianist Herbie Hancock
A biography of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
Photos of Ten Top Jazz Saxophonists
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Jazz Festivals
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
Jazz Blogroll
A list of links to jazz music blogs.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Attack Of The Indies - Independent Jazz Buyer's...
A buyer's guide featuring Swingadelic, Bobby Watson, singer Suzanna Smith and Mumpbeak.
The Most Important Jazz Record Of The Year
Jimmy Greene's elegy for his departed daughter embodies joy and pain. It's the most important jazz record of the year.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
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.
Jazz Profile: Pianist Bud Powell
A profile of jazz pianist and innovator Bud Powell.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
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
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Jazz Album Review: David Sanborn's "Time And...
A review of David Sanborn's new album, Time And The River.
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.
Jazz Album Review: Stanley Clarke Band's "UP"
Stanley Clarke's UP is a solid albeit uninspired set, concocted with the help of friends like Stewart Copeland and Joe Walsh.
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.
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Live Jazz Review: Orrin Evans Trio
A review of Orrin Evans's performance at Jimmy Mak's, Portland
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
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.
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery
A gallery of Steely Dan performing in Portland, OR, August 13, 2013. Page 9.
Photo of jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark
Photo of jazz saxophonist Ken Vandermark. Page 8.
4 Essential 50s Jazz Guitar Records By Kenny...
An overview of four of jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell's best records from the 1950s.
David Sanborn Talks About "Quartette Humaine"...
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Artist Profile: Drummer Roy Haynes
Artist profile of jazz drummer Roy Haynes.
6 Essential Bossa Nova Jazz Songs
6 Essential Bossa Nova Jazz Songs by legends like Jobim, Getz and Gilberto
Photo of jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman.
Photo of jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. Page 2.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Photo of Jazz Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Photo of jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Page 3.
Review of Rudresh Mahanthappa's 'Kinsmen'
Album review of Rudresh Mahanthappa's Kinsmen.
All About Mike Longo
Learn more about pianist Mike Longo, who's been working with top jazz players since the late 1950s.
5 Things About Buying A Jazz Stereo System
A guide about buying a stereo system.
Eliane Elias Talks About "I Thought About You"
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Artist Profile: Saxophonist David 'Fathead'...
Profile of Saxophonist David Fathead Newman

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