A great art form should invite brilliance from every corner of a culture. Excluding half the population for no good reason would choke half the creativity from literature or painting or music, would it not? But jazz hasn’t been particularly welcoming to half of the population for the great bulk of its history, as events in 2017 started to expose. Women are speaking up (again) about the ways, explicit and otherwise, they have been excluded, abused, or discouraged. The historic stories of brilliant musicians like Melba Listonread more
Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
No we don’t mean that it’s scary free jazz, but rather that going along costs nothing, nada, zero, zilch. Friday’s first act is on at 7pm, while the Saturday and Sunday programmes start from 1.30pm and continue through till late evening.read more
EFG London Jazz Festival
Fancy some free jazz? The EFG London Jazz Festival returns from November 13-22 2015 with over 300 gigs across the city. Don’t let a lack of funds hold you back: there are plenty of free shows at LJF to get you grooving for gratis. Here’s our pick of the best.read more
Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation
Thelonious Monk in 1947.
Jazz piano is a collective term for the techniques pianists use when playing jazz. The piano has been an integral part of the jazz idiom since its inception, in both solo and ensemble settings. Its role is multifaceted due largely to the instrument's combined melodic and harmonic capabilities.
In 1924, Louis Armstrong joined the Fletcher Henderson dance band for a year, as featured soloist. The original New Orleans style was polyphonic, with theme variation and simultaneous collective improvisation. Armstrong was a master of his hometown style, but by the time he joined Henderson's band