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Jazz: Most Popular Articles

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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.
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
New to Jazz? Start Your Collection with These...
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
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
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
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.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
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.
10 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
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 Bossa Nova Music
An introduction to bossa nova music, a combination of west coast cool jazz and Brazilian samba.
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.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
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.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
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.
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
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.
6 Essential Bossa Nova Jazz Songs
6 Essential Bossa Nova Jazz Songs by legends like Jobim, Getz and Gilberto
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
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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The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
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.
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Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
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.
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.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
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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.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
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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.
Jazz Buyer's Guide - 5 Best Jazz Christmas...
Jazz Buyer's Guide - 5 Best Jazz Christmas Records Of All Time
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A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Jazz Blogroll
A list of links to jazz music blogs.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
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Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
9 Essential Jazz Love Songs
9 Essential Jazz Love Songs
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7 Great Jazz Songs About Cats
A seven song set of jazz tunes about cats, to celebrate Adopt A Cat Month.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
5 Essential Nelson Riddle Albums
A buyer's guide suggesting the five best albums that include arrangements by Nelson Riddle.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
5 Things About Buying A Jazz Stereo System
A guide about buying a stereo system.
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Motema Drops New Sets From Roberta Donnay And...
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Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
3 Essential Mike Stern Albums
A buyer's guide of Mike Stern's three best albums.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
3 New Jazz Releases Coming In June 2015
News of three new albums coming in June 2015 from singer Tiffany Austin, saxophonist Bob Mintzer and trumpeter Terrell Stafford.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
13 Facts You Need To Know About Miles Davis
13 Facts You Need To Know About Miles Davis
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
Artist Profile: Pianist Herbie Hancock
A biography of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
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: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
3 Essential Paul Desmond Albums
Born in San Francisco in 1924, Paul Desmond was best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
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
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
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.
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.
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.
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: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
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.
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
6 Famous Bossa Nova Jazz Musicians
6 Famous Bossa Nova Jazz Musicians, including Getz, Bonfa and Jobim
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
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.
Profile: Bassist Mimi Jones
A profile of jazz singer Zara McFarlane
Jazz Profile: Singer And Pianist Nina Simone
A profile of jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone.
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 Album Review: David Sanborn's "Time And...
A review of David Sanborn's new album, Time And The River.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet
A photo gallery of Bill Frisell's Big Sur Quintet
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Jazz Album Review: Dave Miller and Rebecca...
A review of The Dave Miller Trio and Rebecca Dumaine's The Consequence of You
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.
Reviews of new jazz albums by Kenny Werner,...
This week's trio of new jazz records offers two strong records from the High Note catalog -- Kenny Werner
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
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.
4 More Essential Jazz Guitarists
From Herb Ellis to Pat Metheny -- with Burrell and Martino -- four more essential jazz guitarists to consider.
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
3 Greatest Jazz/Rock Bands Of All Time
A list of 3 Great Jazz/Rock Bands
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
15 Things You Need To Know About Benny Goodman
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Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
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.
Jazz Festivals
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
Jazz Album Review: Chris Dingman's "The...
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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,
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Diana Krall Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll concert, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 25, 2013
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Jazz Profile: Bebop Trumpeter Blue Mitchell
A profile of bebop jazz trumpeter, leader and sideman Blue Mitchell
Jazz Album Review: Sasha's Bloc's "Heart On Fire"
An honorable stab at the styles of the masters with good songs and strong performances but little originality.
Jazz Review: Eddie Henderson's "Collective...
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Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Eliane Elias Talks About "I Thought About You"
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Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
4 Essential Les McCann Albums
From his first album to his most experimental album, here are 4 Essential Les McCann Albums that belong in any collection.
Jazz Album Review: Bernie Worrell's "Elevation:...
A review of Bernie Worrell's Elevation: The Upper Air
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.
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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