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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.
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.
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 Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
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.
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.
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
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.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
Jazz History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
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.
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
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.
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.
Clarinet
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Drum Set
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Trombone
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Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
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.
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.
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.
Guitar
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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.
Piano
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Trumpet
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Saxophone
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Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
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.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
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.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
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.
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
4 Jazz/Funk Bands That'll Get You Dancin'
From The Menahan Street Band to supergroup Rock Candy Funk Party, these four bands will get your booty shakin'.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
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.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Rent Party
Harlem rent parties helped elevate the importance of jazz in New York in the decades preceding World War II.
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
9 Luscious Jazz Standards For LAte Night...
Here's a playlist of 9 luscious jazz tunes, from Sonny Rollins to Barbra Streisand, for lavish late night listening.
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Bebop
Bebop is a jazz style that was developed in the 1940s.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.
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.
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
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.
The Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago
Information on the Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago
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.
3 Essential (Jazz) Crusaders Albums
From their 60 year recording catalog, here are 3 Essential Crusaders Albums that should be part of any collection.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Chord Changes
: 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
Profile of Latin Jazz Pianist Eddie Palmieri.
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
Five Jazz Albums Inspired by Electronic Music
A brief list of jazz albums inspired by electronic music.
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.
Live From New York...
...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
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Jazz and Pop Music
A discussion of the health of jazz music, and where it falls in relation to popular music.
Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Blues
Blues is both a style of music and a formal structure in jazz.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Interview with Vocalist Peter Eldridge
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.
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Ragtime
Ragtime was a predecessor of early jazz styles, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
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.
Artist Profile: Pianist Hank Jones
Profile of pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Vocal Jazz
Vocal jazz stems from the oral tradition of the blues.
Stride
Stride is a style of piano jazz that originated in Harlem, New York during World War I.
Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
3 New Jazz Records You May or May Not Like
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?
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 Festivals
A list of some jazz festivals across the country.
Free Jazz
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...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Top 10 Jazz Albums (Week of June 2, 2014)
Some sites do hours of research to come up with their charts. We just tell you what's good.
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Abbey Lincoln
A biography of the great jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.
Live Jazz Review: Steve Gadd Band
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
Jazz Club Profile: The Village Vanguard
Description of the Village Vanguard jazz club.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Form
The form is the internal structure of a piece of jazz music.
Reviews of new jazz albums by Claire Martin and...
On one side of the street, the elegant and soulful Claire Martin , with her new album  Time and Place
5 Essential Nelson Riddle Albums
An image of Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me (1958)
Adam Deitch
Photos from John Scofield's appearance with his Uberjam Band at The String Cheese Incident, North Plains, Oregon, August 4, 2013
Interview with Vocalist Peter Eldridge - Part Two
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.
5 Essential Greg Osby Albums
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.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Interview with Vocalist Peter Eldridge - Part...
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.
Review: Yellowjackets - A Rise In The Road
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road
Ostinato
: A short rhythmic or melodic phrase that is repeated throughout a section of or an entire piece of music,
Reissue Review: Bill Evans - How My Hearts Sings
A review of Bill Evans - How My Hearts Sings
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: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.
Photos of Ten Top Jazz Saxophonists
Photos of ten top jazz saxophonists, courtesy of jazz photographer Juan-Carlos Hernandez
Chicago's Velvet Lounge
Information on the Velvet Lounge in Chicago.
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