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We love Jazz Music. It's our passion, our reason for getting up in the morning, and the one constant that gets us - my fellow Jazz writers and me - through the day.

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Jazz Specific Pieces

Jazz Specific Pieces Jazz Specific Pieces

Jazz Specific Pieces

At times, searching the Internet or even a library or music store for jazz specific pieces is easier said than done. Not all pieces are labeled with the genre they’ve been composed or arranged for. Most of the time, you’ll have to make the adjustments yourself to make a certain composition suitable for your preferred genre. In any case, you can use the tips below to find pieces which are written or at least most appropriate for jazz.

Elements of Jazz

The first thing you have to be clear on is what jazz is all about. A generic description won’t be enough to help you distinguish jazz specific pieces from the rest. You have to develop something like a sixth sense for it, and that can only happen with time and sufficient exposure to jazz music. READ MORE

How to Enjoy Jazz Radio Online

Jazz Radio Online How to Enjoy Jazz Radio Online

How to Enjoy Jazz Radio Online

As a purely jazz enthusiast, it’s understandable that you don’t find the current and typical selection of radio stations available as appealing. Thankfully, you can listen to jazz radio online and ensure that every switch you make won’t take you to any place outside jazz.

How to Listen to Jazz Radio Online

To listen to jazz radio online, you’ll just need a sound and microphone-equipped desktop or laptop – basically anything that can play sounds or music as well as receive and transmit sound will do. The next thing you may need is to install and update software programs like Flash or Java. This will ensure that your computer will be able to read all pages that have online jazz radios. READ MORE

How the New Orleans Jazz Festival Began

New Orleans Jazz Festival How the New Orleans Jazz Festival Began

How the New Orleans Jazz Festival Began

Although there are many kinds of jazz festivals taking place in The Big Easy, in most cases the term ‘jazz fest’ refers to the annual New Orleans Jazz Festival (also known as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival).

History of the New Orleans Jazz Festival

In 1970, members of the New Orleans Hotel Motel Association decided to establish the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. It contracted Festival Productions, Inc., owned by George Wein, to launch the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. READ MORE

Jazz Online – Learn How to Play via the Internet

Jazz Online Jazz Online – Learn How to Play via the Internet

Jazz Online – Learn How to Play via the Internet

Learning to play jazz online is possible. If you don’t have the time or money to attend or pay for actual jazz courses or textbooks, don’t let that stop you from exploring your musical potential. The great thing about the Internet is that you can access an enormous amount of data anytime anywhere. So there’s no bad time when it comes to learning jazz online. You can do so for as long as you wish whenever you have the time to do so. READ MORE

A List of Common Jazz Instruments

Jazz Instruments A List of Common Jazz Instruments

A List of Common Jazz Instruments

If you’re thinking of assembling your own jazz band then here is a list of jazz instruments that you and your future band mates should be able to master in order to create the unique and tantalizing blend of sounds that only jazz music can create.


It’s definitely the most commonly known and used instrument in jazz, but it’s also the most expensive. It would be nice if you can find a musician who already has his own keyboard or actual baby or grand piano for that matter. But if not, it’s possible that you’ll find a lot of venues with pianos available on site and which you can use during your set. READ MORE