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Jazz is a lively musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century within the African-American communities of the Southern United States. Its roots lie in the African-American adoption of European harmony and form to existing African musical elements. African musical influences are evident in the use of blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation and the swung note.[1] From its early development until the present day, jazz has also incorporated elements from American popular music.[2]

As the music has developed and spread around the world it has drawn on many different national, regional, and local musical cultures giving rise, since its early 20th century American beginnings, to many distinctive styles: New Orleans jazz dating from the early 1910s; big band swing, Kansas City jazz, and Gypsy jazz from the 1930s and 1940s; bebop from the mid-1940s; and on down through West Coast jazz, cool jazz, avant-garde jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, modal jazz, free jazz, Latin jazz in various forms, soul jazz, jazz fusion, and jazz rock, smooth jazz, jazz-funk, punk jazz, acid jazz, ethno jazz, jazz rap, cyber jazz, Indo jazz, M-Base, nu jazz, and other ways of playing the music.

In a 1988 interview, trombonist J. J. Johnson said, "Jazz is restless. It won't stay put and it never will"


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Jazz: Websites:


Blogs, Features & Interviews, Music, Visual Jazz, Encyclopedia,
Forum, Community

Understanding Jazz Music

A Music Tutorial   -   What Is Jazz   -   The Types of Jazz   -   Who Plays Jazz   - 
How Do You Sing The Blues   -   Jazz Vocabulary 

Scored Changes.com

Basics  /  Cycle of fifths  /  Swing feel  /  Straight 8's feel  /  Motifs  /  6 9 chords  /  Pedals  /  Major sevenths  /  Dominant 7ths  / 
Altered chords  /  Augmented chords  /  The Diminished  /  The Half-Diminished  /  Voicings  /  Transposing  /  Harmonising  / 
Minor sevenths  /  Hidden scales  /  Chords from scales  /  Chord progressions  /  Bass lines  /  Scale-Chord relationships  / 
Practice /  Rhythmic patterns  /  Gigs  /  Drum guide  /  Hints on composition  /  Hints on arranging  /  The rhythm method  / 
Filler-notes  /  Melody  /  The blues scale  /  Open-heart brain surgery  /  Foreign notes  /  Composite scales  /  Modes and Scales   The most ssential thing needed to write music  /  The harmonic major scale  /  A cynical viewpoint  /  Short scales  /  Ninths /  251s   Middle-Eastern scale  /  Harmonic minor (b2) scale  /  Manuscript paper  /  Colla voce  /  Professionalism  /  11ths and 13ths   Augmented minor major seventh  /  Superimpositions  /  Playing by numbers  /  Form  /  The Origin of Pieces  /  Mnemonics for pianists   Scales from triads /  Chord symbols for beginners (piano) /  Harmony in bass clef /  Challenging assumptions /  Diatonic-Chromatic  Use of common minor scales

The Jazz Resource

Best Jazz Albums
Wondering what the best jazz albums are? Here's a list of the best jazz recordings
Basic Music Theory
The basics of music theory outlined and expained clearly.
Jazz Theory
Learn about jazz theory and chords with these online tutorials
Jazz Piano Chords
Learn to play real jazz piano chords in these online articles
Music Scales
Learn about many useful music scales and what they are used for
Ear Training
Ear Training is learning to hear music better and therefore play music better
Play the Blues
Want to learn to play the blues? Actually it's easy to learn and sounds great
Other Websites
Links to other great jazz websites
The sitemap of The Jazz Resource

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Jazz: Books

American Big Bands by William F. Lee

The Making Of Burning For Buddy (A Tribute To The Music Of Buddy Rich) 2 DVD Set

Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide by J. Richard Dunscomb

Jukebox Saturday Night: More Memories of the Big Band Ear and Beyond by Richard Grudens

Jazz Drumming in Big Band and Combo by Sperie Karas

The World of Swing: An Oral History of Big Band Jazz by Stanley Dance

Swing : Third Ear - The Essential Listening Companion by Scott Yanow

The Big Bands by George Thomas Simon

The Song Stars: The Ladies Who Sang With the Bands and Beyond (Song Stars) by Richard Grudens

Swingin' the Dream: Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture by Lewis A. Erenberg

Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (Da Capo Paperback) by George T. Simon

The Wonderful Era of the Great Dance Bands (A Da Capo Paperback) by Leo Walker

The Big Band Almanac (Da Capo Paperback) by Leo Walker

Dialogues in Swing: Intimate Conversations With the Stars of the Big Band Era by Fred Hall

The World of Count Basie (Da Capo Paperback) by Stanley Dance

Drummin' Men: The Heartbeat of Jazz - The Swing Years by Burt Korall

66. Torch Songs: A Collection of Sultry Jazz and Big Band Standards

- Boling, Mark. The Jazz Theory Workbook. Advance Music.

- Coker, Jerry. Jazz Keyboard for All Musicians. Advance Music.

- Dobbins, Bill. Jazz Arranging and Composing, A Linear Approach. Advance Music. 1986.

- Grove, Dick. Arranging Concepts Complete. Alfred Publishing Company, Inc. 1985.

- Miller, Ron. Modal Jazz Composition and Harmony - Volumes 1 and 2. Advance Music. 1996.

- Roemer, Clinton. The Art of Music Copying. Roerick Music Company. 1985.

- Sebesky, Don. The Contemporary Arranger. Alfred Publishing Company, Inc. 1979.

- Sturm, Fred. Changes Over Time: The Evolution of Jazz Arranging. Advance Music. 1995.

- Wright, Rayburn. Inside the Score. Kendor Music, Inc. 1982.

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Jazz: Videos

The Art Of Improvisation   -   Keith Jarrett

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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