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Festivals are a great way to bring people together through music. Although Coachella and Glastonbury are the first that spring to mind, they don't appeal to everyone's taste, but luckily there are some great alternatives out there for those of you who prefer something a bit jazzier. Read of for some of the best jazz festival across the globe.
The New York style jazz clubs of yesteryear often hold a sweet, nostalgic memory in the hearts of fans. We envision a dark place filled with swirling smoke and mysterious strangers chattering against a backdrop of bebop.  Although modern life has altered the landscape of the music and the city, the mystique of these historical venues remains.
Whether you are attending a locally-based concert or a large national production, festivals play an important role in our jazz community. Although often not as intimate as a jazz club, they provide a place for both musician and the listener to come together as one.
Do you enjoy rocking out to the radio and can't stop tapping to the beat? If you've ever thought about learning to play the drums, we're here to help. The Jazz Review asked the pros for a bit of advice on how to find the right instructor to get you started with drum lessons. "Having a good drum set teacher is a great thing. He or she can open your musical eyes to hitherto unknown sonic horizons and should be able to help you achieve your musical goals more quickly and efficiently," said Philip May, a 30-year teaching veteran (Greenwood…
From Ella Fitzgerald to Nat King Cole, vocalists have played an important role in jazz history. With just a few notes, they can make us cry or rejoice. The lyrics they sing reflect the human experience in a way no other jazz instrument can. It may seem odd that we refer to the voice as a jazz instrument. However, it is an exact interpretation that reflects the highly trained and specialized field of vocal studies. Just like any other instrumentalist, a jazz singer must become a master of her craft and learn how to properly utilize the gift which has…
Are you getting ready for a night of jazz music but are unsure of what to wear? Looking great and having a good time has never been easier. We asked a couple of our jazzy friends for advice. Here is what they had to say: "My idea of Jazz fashion for a night on the town is a look of edgy elegance, keeping it classy and sophisticated with the right balance of sass and sex appeal. Statement high heels, and one bold (leopard print) or "bling" accessory can make your look pop. Hair can make or break ones overall look.…
Jazz collectibles is a personal experience that produces a euphoric state of bliss for many. The decision on what to collect is an intimate reflection of the person's soul. Just like there are many forms of jazz, there are many different types of things to collect. "Jazz music is not unlike any other forms of interest. In order to be well grounded in that interest one should collect pieces of that interest in order to form a basis for that interest. If you decide to take up cigar smoking you will want to sample a variety of cigars and begin…
For music fans that grew up prior to boom of digital technology, record players remain a favorite way to listen to music. What are the advantages of vinyl to digital?  “Vinyl sounds warm and real. Analog recordings have accurate room sound and all the overtones of live music, so older vinyl sounds even better than new, digitally recorded vinyl,” said Lew Prince, Founder/Managing Partner of Vintage Vinyl Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.).
The subject of equipment is a popular topic amongst the music community. When asked to determine the most important piece of equipment needed by a musician starting out, the responses that we gleaned on Facebook revealed some unique insights that approached the topic from different directions.One respondent pointed out the importance of the digital age in the music industry. "Now that the interweb has become the go-to place for band promotion, an easy-to-operate Mac computer will enable any aspiring musician to record via the Garage Band app, publish a website, network socially on all the right outlets, sync to Spotify…
Have you played Guitar Hero and are now ready for the real thing? This article will share some practical advice from a professional player that will help you get started. Although it takes more than just American Idol dreams to be a great guitarist, anyone can learn to play the guitar. Whether you want to rock like Eric Clapton or groove the Latin beats of Carlos Santana, it all starts by choosing the right teacher. "As a novice, you need a teacher who understands that to maintain enthusiasm for practicing ... you have to get some results quite quickly," said…
Love listening to jazz records and want to play like Charlie Parker, John Coltrane or David Sanborn? From bebop to jazz fusion, the saxophone is a powerful instrument with a rich musical heritage. There are several types of saxophones. The most recognizable to novice students may include the alto, tenor, soprano and baritone. Each one plays within a specific range of notes. From the low notes of a baritone to the dramatics of a high-reaching soprano, the type of saxophone chosen by a musician or composer can alter the mood and sound of a jazz piece. (Source for types of…
Studying jazz theory can instill a deeper understanding and appreciation for its rich musical heritage. While the task may seem overwhelming at first to a novice music student, learning jazz theory doesn't have to be as difficult. What is the best way for a jazz fan to learn more about the basics of music theory? "I'm a big fan of learning music by ear, so I'd say for a student to work on imitating a song and solo exactly as it was played will be very helpful. That way, he/she is able to pick up on theory in a melodic…
If you are a new student of the jazz bass, finding the right teacher is an important step in beginning your musical studies. Your teacher will serve as the guide in your journey through the rich musical heritage of jazz and introduce you to your role as a member of the rhythm section. What skills should you look for in your instructor? According to John Clayton (Grammy-winning bassist/composer/conductor), the number one thing that a student should look for is "any qualities that give the student a high level of comfort and trust. If a student trusts his/her teacher, they'll be…
Learning to play the piano can provide you hours of education, entertainment and enjoyment. If you've ever thought about learning to play but are unsure of where to begin, this short article will provide some tips to help get you started. First, choose a quality instrument for practice. "A great way to start with piano is to love the sound of the instrument. That's why it's hard to get kids started on cheap little keyboards and such. There's nothin' like the real thing," said contemporary jazz pianist Tom Grant. He also suggest that you get an "easy song, or part…