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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.
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.
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.
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
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.
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.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
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 Musicians Who Shaped Bebop Jazz
A list of ten founders of bebop.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
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.
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.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
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.
Reviews of new jazz albums by Claire Martin and...
Review: Markey Blue: Hey Hey (Delta Groove)
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
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.
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.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
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.
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: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
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.
Drum Set
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Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Clarinet
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Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Saxophone
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Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Artist To Watch: Jazz Singer Lauren Desberg
A profile of jazz singer Lauren Desberg.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Jazz Concert Review: Diana Krall
A review of Diana Krall's concert at Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO, September 25, 2013
Trombone
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The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
5 New Jazz Albums Worth A Listen
The venerable Carmen Lundy gets soulful, Wadada Leo Smith experiments and Cyrus Chestnut stays true while Doug White and Chris Dundas speak the language. Here are 5 New Jazz Albums Worth A Listen.
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Guitar
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Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Concert Review: Don Byron New Gospel Quintet
A review of the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet performance on Saturday, January 8th, 2011, as part of the 2011 NYC Winter JazzFest.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
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: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
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.
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
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.
Piano
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Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Trumpet
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Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
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
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
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
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.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
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
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Jazz Buyer's Guide - Fusion Pianist Joe Sample
A review of Joe Sample: Spellbound (Warner Bros., 1989). Page 5.
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
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.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Harmon Mute
: A Harmon mute is a trumpet mute that gives the instrument a metallic buzz sound. It is composed of
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Attack Of The Indies - Independent Jazz Buyer's...
A review of releases by Bill McBirney, Randy Brecker and Anton Schwartz
Ragtime
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Reviews of new jazz albums by Wil Blades, Louis...
Review: Mark Turner Quartet - The Lathe Of Heaven (ECM)
Ostinato
: A short rhythmic or melodic phrase that is repeated throughout a section of or an entire piece of music,
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Releasing The Rare Noise
A review of Jamie Saft and Joe Morris' Plymouth. Page 3.
Artist Profile: Pianist Herbie Hancock
A biography of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Live Jazz Review: Steve Gadd Band
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
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: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
Jazz Club Profile: The Village Vanguard
Description of the Village Vanguard jazz club.
Concert Review: Syrian Vocalist Gaida
Review of Syrian vocalist Gaida at Joe's Pub in Manhattan on February 19th, 2009.
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
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 Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Artist Profile: Saxophonist David 'Fathead'...
Profile of Saxophonist David Fathead Newman
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
Artist Profile: Composer and Bandleader Maria...
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
Album Review: 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson'
A review of the classic jazz album 'Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson.'
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.
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.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Review: Terence Blanchard - Magnetic
A review of Terence Blancard's Magnetic
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Artist Profile: Pianist Hank Jones
Profile of pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
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.
Album Review: The Bad Plus' 'For All I Care'
Review of 'For All I Care' by The Bad Plus.
Album Review: Becca Stevens Band - 'Weightless'
A review of vocalist Becca Stevens' album 'Weightless.'
What Happens When A Young Gun Meets A Pair Of...
Review of The New Standard by Jamie Saft, Bobby Previte and Steve Swallow
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: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Jazz Profile: Bebop Trumpeter Kenny Dorham
A profile of bebop jazz trumpeter, leader and sideman Kenny Dorham
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