Sites that are not in English should be submitted to the appropriate category under World.An alphabetical listing of jazz groups and performers. Individuals are listed Lastname, Firstname. When possible, individuals are listed by primary instrument, and bands are listed by primary jazz style, for example smooth jazz or swing.
For sites concerned with musical groups that include horns, arranged to play in sections consisting of trumpets, trombones, saxes, and rhythm. Musical styles can range from free jazz to sweet arrangements devoid of improvisation, but the genre is most closely associated with swing. Big bands inspire powerful emotions among fans, and this category is also for fan and interest sites.Genre characterized by an instrumentation consisting of three sections of horns (trumpet, trombones, and saxes) and a rhythm section consisting of piano, bass, drums, with optional guitar and vibes. Most big bands play swing and jazz but many play virtually any musical style. Many are named for their leaders. Careful arranging is needed to avoid anarchy, but jazz big band arrangements allow plenty of room for improvisation. Characteristic writing utilizes call-and-response phrasing by the horn sections as well as harmonized tutti ensembles. The Big Band Era is generally considered to date from the mid-1930s to the end of World War II, the heyday of such leaders as Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie and Chick Webb. The postwar decline of "name" bands is blamed on the rise of singers as solo artists, but renewed interest in the genre can be credited to authentic re-creations and new arrangements recorded by modern vocalists such as Linda Ronstadt and Harry Connick, Jr. Many communities boast big bands which meet to rehearse and to play for dances attended by seniors, made possible in part because musicians will play for little or no money just to be part of a big band. On the other hand, bands consisting of the best local and regional musicians command top dollar when enlisted to play for society benefits and parties, or to accompany touring singers whose arrangements typically call for groups of sixteen pieces or even more. The style is an oddity, then, attracting hobby performers like a folk art but requiring carefully prepared arrangements like a fine art. University music departments are an important center of training for big band performers, not only as a source of arrangements but also as a place to learn how to phrase correctly so as to blend with a section.
Also see Business/Arts_and_Entertainment/Music/Composers_and_Arrangers/ .People who write music incorporating jazz elements such as improvisation, jazz rhythms or blues harmony. While jazz composers also play instruments, they are identified primarily with their original works. Includes songwriters whose works are favored by jazz performers as well as those who write full ensemble scores for band or orchestra.
Includes sites concerned instructional methods and educational materials for jazz students, as well as sub-categories for jazz schools, colleges, camps and workshops.
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Sites that are not in English should be submitted to the appropriate category under World.Sites containing information on the jazz fusion style of music which was launched by Miles Davis and blends rock, funk and jazz.
Also see specific sub-genres of jazz such as ragtime, swing, and Dixieland.For sites looking at early jazz as well as those placing jazz from any era in a historical perspective.
This category is _not_ for web sites covering individual artists. Please submit individual artist sites to the appropriate sub-category under Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/.For the means of dissemination of information about jazz as opposed to the music itself. Includes timely coverage by mass media such as magazines, e-zines, newspapers, radio, and television, as well as non-recurring works such as books and movies.
Submit performers and groups to the Bands_and_Artists subcategory instead of this main heading.Also sometimes known as cool jazz or light jazz, smooth jazz is the most popular name for a sub-genre characterized by insistent rhythmic patterns, especially lighter disco and Latin dance beats, and the use of synthesizers and sophisticated production techniques. Smooth jazz sells more recordings than any other type of jazz. Well-known artists include saxophonists Kenny G and David Sanborn, guitarist George Benson, and vocalist Sade.
Submit sites for swing performers, publications, recordings and resources. See existing listings for best results.Swing is a sub-genre of jazz characterized by rhythmic tension created when part of a band drags the beat back while other instruments drive it forward, and associated with rhythmic dances such as the jitterbug and the lindy hop. It was created by big bands of the 1930s including those of Benny Goodman and Fletcher Henderson, and popularized by such groups as the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Big bands as well as smaller combos have continued to play swing music into the 21st Century. New Swing orchestras of the 1990s used younger musicians and edgier attitudes to attract fans in their teens and 20s much as Benny Goodman did some 60 years earlier.
Also see ragtime, a much more narrowly defined style.Features group improvisation by trumpet, trombone and clarinet over a rhythm background, followed by solo choruses in turn and a group reprise. Repertoire includes numbers derived from marches such as "Muskrat Ramble," but also uptempo renditions of Tin Pan Alley standards, especially those from the Roaring Twenties, as well as a few slower tunes such as "Basin Street Blues." Associated with the white musicians who learned jazz from the African-American musicians of New Orleans. This historical style is still played in the 21st century, especially at parties but also at patriotic and political events.