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Music Style Articles - Jazz

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Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans...
Jazz Scales
One important aspect of jazz is its use of many complementary scales and the modification of these scales by the introduction of blue notes...
Duke Ellington Starring in “The Evolution of Jazz”
by David Kunstek
Duke Ellington is considered to be one of the greatest figures in the history of American music. Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington was born in Washington D.C. on April 29, 1899...
Like Jazz? Love the Monterey Jazz Festival!
by Seb Jay
The Monterey Jazz Festival is the world's longest running annual celebration of all that's great about jazz. Held in Monterey, California every year in mid-September...
Improvising On The Piano: Jazz Musicians Do It -- Why Not Other Styles?
by Duane Shinn
Why jazz piano improvisation? Why not gospel piano improvisation? Is it not possible to improvise classical music, or sacred music, or any other kind of music?...
Jazz: What In The Heck Is It?
by Duane Shinn
All of us know what jazz is when we hear it, but trying to define it is a different matter. With so many variant styles, coming up with an accurate definition of jazz is difficult if not impossible...
Short History of Jazz
by Richard Pettinger
Jazz is sometimes referred to as “America’s classical music”. It has become a diverse genre with its roots in native American and African music; in particular, the blues, spirituals and rag time...
Jazz in a globalized world
by Steve Luciani
Jazz, under its various traditional or modern expressions such as: avant-garde, hard-bop, post-bop, folk-jazz, crossover jazz, jazz-funk, was adopted today by almost all the cultures of the planet...
Jazz Saxophones
by Kristy Annely
Saxophones are musical instruments belonging to the woodwind category. Saxophones were generally used in the military and in big orchestras, but are now found in smaller bands as well...