What are the elements of Jazz?

What are the elements of Jazz? Jazz is a music with many different elements, and styles. As previously discussed in What Makes Jazz Different from Other Music? the form retains it’s essential character no matter what influences it absorbs. Some of […]

What makes Jazz different from other music?

Many listeners new to Jazz who may be casual, or fans of other music may wonder what makes Jazz different from other music? At times, the sheer amount of artists, recordings and styles seem overwhelming. Especially in the online universe […]

Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd was one of the most consistent trumpeters to come out of the fertile Detroit Jazz scene that immigrated to New York in the mid fifties. Born on December 9th 1932, Byrd possessed a beautiful, round, brassy tone, and […]

Steve Swallow – Falling Grace

Falling Grace

The New York Jazz Workshop Improvisation class is now working on an amazing tune written by Steve Swallow named Falling Grace. Check out Gary Burton and Pat Metheny in Action. Gary sounds spectacular on this tune.

Fats Waller

Fats Waller was one of the consummate entertainers during the early years of Jazz into the swing era. Born in Harlem on May 21st 1904, he grew up surrounded in music. His family was involved in music in the church […]

Art Blakey

Art Blakey for six decades led one of the greatest small group Jazz ensembles in history. The Jazz Messengers was a university for aspiring young players such as Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, brothers Wynton and Branford Marsalis, James Williams, Mulgrew […]

Chick Webb

Inventive and dynamic, Chick Webb lead one of the most swinging big bands of the 30’s, where he regularly held court at New York’s Savoy Ballroom. Born in Baltimore, Ohio on February 10th 1909, Webb contracted spinal tuberculosis which struck […]

Sarah Vaughn

Easily one of the most visible and well known vocalists of her generation, Sarah Vaughn was gifted with an enormous range that could go from baritone to an operatic soprano. Like her contemporary Ella Fitzgerald, she took on the innovations […]

Billy Eckstine

Billy Eckstine was one of the most important male vocalists in Jazz during the 1940’s being as popular as Frank Sinatra, the most significant vocalist of the era. Eckstine also pioneered big band bebop. Eckstine was born July 8th, 1914 […]

Gene Krupa

Gene Krupa with his drive and showmanship made him a favorite of many listeners. His work on Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing” from 1934 is iconic. Krupa was also an innovator in drum gear, and these innovations affected drummers in […]

Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny is one of Jazz’s most influential guitar players of the past 40 years. His tone, innovative use of technology and fearlessness of genres, are well known and make him both controversial, and a favorite of many. Born in […]

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald is rightly one of the iconic female American Jazz vocalists. She combined lightness, creativity with interpretation, and hornlike improvisational acumen that thrilled audiences for decades. Her ability to appeal to mainstream audiences and Jazz audience was a plus […]