The AAJ guide to getting started with jazz
Starting a jazz collection is something every well-rounded music listener considers. Unfortunately, most folks have trouble getting started because they don't know where to begin. Do you start chronologically with Louis Armstrong or do you jump right into the new stuffhow about the '50's and '60's? Everyone is different, so where you begin will depend a lot on your musical taste.
We hope the information on this page provides you with some insight on how to build your CD (or download) collection as well as discover the essentials about the music, its players and its rich history.
There's a lot of great music out there. Take your time and have fun exploring the world of jazz! Jazz is NOT exactly rocket science, you know.
Jazz is creative, spontaneous, lively, energetic, romantic, boisterous and playful... It is incredible driving music and whimsical dinner accompaniment. Jazz is the ultimate romantic encounter companion...
It is the sort of music that crawls inside you slowly and captures a place in your heart normally reserved for romance and passion...It is a burning glow of seduction and a life-long journey of discovery... Welcome to All About Jazz! Your Jazz Sherpa Sign up for My AAJ
(free) New to Jazz? Have a Question? Ask it here History of Jazz Time Line Where to start and what to buy? Building a Jazz Library Just for fun Jazz Humor
(slang, nicknames, pronunciation guide...) Defining Jazz What is Jazz? Good Question What is Jazz? Round 2 What is Jazz?
(Humor) A Bottle, a Rag, and a Pint of Gasoline The New Shape of Jazz Language and a Voice for the 21 Century Thinking Outside The Musical Box You Too Can Be A Jazz Fan!
Genius Guide to Jazz: Prelude
Genius Guide to Jazz: Rondo From the Archived AAJ Message Boards... What's the best way to introduce someone to Jazz
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