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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.
Jazz Buyer's Guide - 5 Best Jazz Christmas...
A review of Various Artists - Jingle Bell Swing
Pianist Adopts Band
In an effort to expand the horizons of jazz -- and help young players, as well -- Jason Moran has, in effect, adopted a high school jazz band. So says
10 Essential Jazz Saxophone Albums
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophone Albums
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.
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.
What is Bebop?
A description of bebop, the innovative style of jazz that developed in the 1940s.
10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Saxophonists
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.
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.
Five Legends of Latin Jazz
Five of the most important Latin Jazz musicians.
Jazz Instruments
A photo gallery featuring the instruments typically used in jazz music.
All About Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.
How Jazz Gave Rise to Swing in the 1930s
A glimpse at jazz at in the 1930s.
What is Jazz-Style Swing?
A description of the music from the swing era of jazz.
3 New Jazz Records for End of Year Listening
Reviews of Allan Harris' Black Bar Jukebox, Ju Meets Moster and The Process: Jon Batiste, Chad Smith, Bill Laswell
Jazz By Decade: 1940 - 1950
A brief history of jazz in the 1940s.
Drum Set
Jazz. Page 3.
What Is Early Jazz?
A description of early jazz, also referred to as hot jazz or Dixieland music.
An Introduction to Jazz Music
A brief history of jazz music.
Artist Profile: Jazz Trumpeter Louis Armstrong
Profile of trumpeter Louis Armstrong.
Trombone
Jazz. Page 7.
Saxophone
Jazz. Page 6.
Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians
Here's our list of the Top 10 Oldest Living Jazz Musicians and some cool facts about them.
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.
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 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.
Guitar
Jazz. Page 4.
Clarinet
Jazz. Page 2.
Jazz By Decade: 1950-1960
A brief history of jazz between 1950 and 1960.
A History of the Saxophone in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz.
Trumpet
Jazz. Page 8.
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.
Jazz By Decade: 1900-1910
A look at jazz from 1900-1910.
Ten Jazz Biographies
A list of ten biographies of legendary jazz musicians.
Profile of Alto Saxophonist Charlie Parker
Saxophonists copied his phrasing, his melodic and harmonic approaches, and in some cases, even his drug use.
What is Bossa Nova?
A description of the Brazilian music that combined samba with jazz.
Piano
Jazz. Page 5.
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.
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 History by Decade: 1920 to 1930
A look at jazz between 1920 and 1930.
Album Review: 'Mingus Ah Um' by Charles Mingus
Review of Charles Mingus' 1959 album 'Mingus Ah Um.'
Classic Album Profile: 'Blue Train' by John...
Review of 'Blue Train' by John Coltrane.
Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Internet Radio
A list of jazz internet radio sites, with a brief profile of each.
Hot Jazz
Hot jazz was an early style popularized by Louis Armstrong.
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.
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.
Artist Profile: Vocalist Diana Krall
Profile of vocalist Diana Krall.
Jazz by Decade: 1910 - 1920
A glimpse at what was going on in jazz in the decade between 1910 and 1920.
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Miles Davis
Profile of trumpeter Miles Davis
Valetine's Day List: Five Jazz Songs About Love
Five classic jazz songs about love:
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.
Profile of Vocalist Michael Bublé
Profile of Vocalist Michael Buble
Album Review: 'Kind of Blue' by Miles Davis
Review of 'Kind of Blue,' the seminal album by Miles Davis.
Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.
The World's Best Jazz Festival Guide
A list of the best jazz festivals from around the world.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
A brief biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Profile of Tenor Saxophonist John Coltrane
Profile of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane
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.
4 More Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 4 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.
Swing
: a style of jazz that was dominant in the 1930s, and performed by jazz big bands primarily for dancing
3 New Jazz Albums We Know You'll Really Like
1. Branford Marsalis - In My Solitude: Live At Grace Cathedral Okeh Records Branford has long been the
Rhythm Section
The part of the jazz ensemble that provides the pulse, beat, groove, and/or harmonic material of a tune.
10 Famous Jazz Singers
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A History of Saxophonists in Jazz
A brief history of saxophonists in jazz. Page 2.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.
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 Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.
Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger...
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.
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
6 Essential Jazz Guitarists
A baker's half dozen of guitar heroes who are part of the essential jazz canon, from Django to Joe.
Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.
Five Freddie Hubbard Recordings
A list of five important Freddie Hubbard recordings, representing different periods of his brilliant career.
Chorus
A chorus is a full cycle through the form of a jazz tune.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Real Name: Julian Adderley Instrument: Alto Saxophone Reason for Nickname: “Cannonball” was originally
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
Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez
Jazz Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Profile of Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie
Hot 8 Brass Band Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band
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: Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.
James Hall
Biography of jazz.about guest author James Hall.
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Profile of Latin Jazz Artist Ray Barretto
Scat Singing
Scat singing is a style of vocal jazz.
Review of Herbie Hancock's 'River: the Joni...
Review of Herbie Hancock's River-the Joni Letters
60 Soul Jazz Grooves From The 60s
The music known as Soul Jazz provides a unique window into the develop of jazz during one of America's
Hard Bop
Hard Bop was a style based on bebop that drew from other types of African American music.
The Head
The head is the composed portion of the jazz performance.
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
6 Great Places To Hear Jazz Online
Artist Profile: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Profile of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim
Jazz, the Reluctant Valetudinarian
A response to jazz writer Terry Teachout's article that claims the future of jazz is bleak.
Free Jazz
Free Jazz is a style developed in the 1950s and 60s that marked a distinct departure from tradition.
10 Famous Jazz Pianists
A list of 10 Famous Jazz Pianists
Ultimate Jazz Christmas Playlist
A swingin' playlist for a Merry Jazzmas!
Album Review: 'Subconscious-Lee' by Lee Konitz
Review of saxophonist Lee Konitz' album 'Subconscious-Lee.'
Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
A biography of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
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.
Saxual Healing: 7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found...
7 Great Jazz Sax Solos (Found On Rock Records)
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.
A Fascinating Soundtrack For A TV Show That...
A review of A Boy Named Charlie Brown by Vince Guaraldi
Comp
: short for “accompany.” When a jazz soloist is improvising, the members of the rhythm section comp for
Chord Changes
: The way in which the chords change, or move from one to another is what provides the harmonic landscape
Bridge
The bridge is a middle section in a jazz tune's form.
'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman'
Review of the classic jazz album 'John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.'
Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
Profile of Trumpeter Mario Bauza
5 Famous Jazz Clarinetists
A list of 5 Famous Jazz Pianists
Artist Profie: Saxophonist Albert Ayler
A brief biography of avant-garde saxophonist Albert Ayler.
Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.
Artist Profile: Pianist Hank Jones
Profile of pianist Hank Jones. Jazz.
Clarence Slaughter, Hot 8 Brass Band
A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band. Page 7.
Review Bill Evans' 'Sunday at the Village...
Review of Bill Evans Trio's Sunday at the Village Vanguard
Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader...
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.
Profile of Machito, Latin Jazz Bandleader
Profile of Latin jazz bandleader Machito.
Jazz Album Review: Roberto Fonseca's "Yo"
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3 Essential Mike Stern Albums
A review of Mike Stern: Play (Atlantic, 1999)
Modal Jazz
: In modal jazz, the harmonic foundation for songs is a series of chords, each implying a specific mode
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 Singer Al Jarreau
A biography of jazz singer Al Jarreau, whose style draws from his jazz and pop music sensibilities.
Artist Profile: Saxophonist David 'Fathead'...
Profile of Saxophonist David Fathead Newman
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.
3 Essential Paul Desmond Albums
Born in San Francisco in 1924, Paul Desmond was best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Ten Things Jazz Singers Do That I Hate
Ten things I hate about jazz singers
Releasing The Rare Noise
Introduction to Rare Noise Records Spring releases
Artist Profile: Composer and Bandleader Maria...
A profile of composer Maria Schneider, who has led the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra since 1993.
Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
Born:: September 16, 1921, Newark, Ohio Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks – Background : One of fifteen children,
Album Review: The Bad Plus' 'For All I Care'
Review of 'For All I Care' by The Bad Plus.
Harry Cook, Hot 8 Brass Band
A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band. Page 5.
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.
7 Great Jazz Songs About Sweets
June is National Candy Month and jazz is full of songs about sweets. Here are 7 Delicious Jazz Songs
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.
Best Jazz Albums Of 2013
Best Jazz Albums Of 2013
Album Review: 'Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson...
A review of the classic 1957 jazz album 'Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio.'
Review: Yellowjackets - A Rise In The Road
A review of Yellowjackets' A Rise In The Road
Jerome Jones, Hot 8 Brass Band
A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band. Page 4.
4 Jazz Musicians Who Died Young
In general, it seems jazz musicians tend to live considerably longer than their rock contemporaries. Some jazzers are still performing well into their 80s. Some, however, died young, as this list attests.
Errol Marchand, Hot 8 Brass Band
A photo gallery of the Hot 8 Brass Band. Page 6.
Darlene Parker, Maceo Parker Band
A Photo Gallery of Maceo Parker. Jazz. Page 12.
Live Jazz Review: Steve Gadd Band
A review of Steve Gadd's concert at Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2013
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