Jazz: Most Popular Articles
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.
Ten Classic Jazz Recordings to Start Your Collection.
A profile of civil rights in jazz. How jazz musicians spoke out for racial equality and social justice.
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
A description of ragtime, including its musical characteristics, origins, and a list of prominent composers.
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
A list of ten founders of bebop.
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.
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.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
Jazz music history arranged by decade. Read about advances made and important events in jazz in each decade since 1900.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
A brief history of jazz music.
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
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.
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Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
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.
From Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonius Monk, here are 8 Essential Jazz piano Albums that should be included in every jazz collection.
A profile of Scott Joplin, the premiere ragtime pianist and composer whose style paved the way for early jazz.
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Stanley Clarke's UP is a solid albeit uninspired set, concocted with the help of friends like Stewart Copeland and Joe Walsh.
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Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington wasn’t comfortable with the term jazz. He hoped to create music that was unclassifiable.
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
A biography of saxophonist Sidney Bechet, one of the first early jazz musicians to develop a distinct and virtuosic style of improvisation.
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
From Louis Armstrong to Chuck Mangione, here are 10 Essential Jazz Trumpet Albums that should be included in every jazz collection.
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
From The Menahan Street Band to supergroup Rock Candy Funk Party, these four bands will get your booty shakin'.
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
A brief look into what free jazz and free improvisation are, how they differ, and how they influence the jazz landscape today.
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Here's a playlist of 9 luscious jazz tunes, from Sonny Rollins to Barbra Streisand, for lavish late night listening.
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
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Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
A list of depressing jazz songs, for those who aren't feeling cheerful and full of love on Valentine's Day.
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
A review of 'Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley,' the classic jazz album that perfectly blends jazz vocals and improvised saxophone.
Information on the Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
From their 60 year recording catalog, here are 3 Essential Crusaders Albums that should be part of any collection.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
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
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
A biography of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, who gave voice to the sounds of bebop, and recorded popular song and jazz with equal flair.
...it's a great array of jazz performances. Headlining the list is a trio set tonight at the shape shifter lab by Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane and
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Charlie Christenson interviews vocalist Peter Eldridge. They discuss the current state of the jazz industry, and the many projects Eldridge takes on. Here is part one of the interview.
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Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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 pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
Chris Walden's Big band set. Jimmy McIntosh's aprty with his cool friends. Mike Stern and Eric Johnson's guitar god collaboration. Recommended or not?
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.
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Some sites do hours of research to come up with their charts. We just tell you what's good.
: short for âaccompany.â When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
A biography of the great jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Description of the Village Vanguard jazz club.
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
On one side of the street, the elegant and soulful Claire Martin , with her new album Time and Place
An image of Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me (1958)
Photos from John Scofield's appearance with his Uberjam Band at The String Cheese Incident, North Plains, Oregon, August 4, 2013
Charlie Christenson interviews vocalist Peter Eldridge. They discuss the current state of the jazz industry, and the many projects Eldridge takes on. This is Part Two of the interview. Page 2.
The ever-restless Greg Osby has recorded jazz records of every stripe, from M-Base innovation to innovative approaches to the standards. Here are 5 Essential Greg Osby Albums.
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks â Background : One of fifteen children,
Charlie Christenson interviews vocalist Peter Eldridge. They discuss the current state of the jazz industry, and the many projects Eldridge takes on. This is Part Three of the interview. Page 3.
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road
: A short rhythmic or melodic phrase that is repeated throughout a section of or an entire piece of music,
A review of Bill Evans - How My Hearts Sings
Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1 - Review of Art Blakey Quintet's Album A Night at Birdland, Vol. 1
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Information on the Velvet Lounge in Chicago.