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Content by tag "What is Jazz?"

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

BAN BAM: Talking Music

Read "BAN BAM: Talking Music" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Regular goers to jazz/improvised music gigs and festivals might have clocked the fact that those on stage tend to be predominantly male--a mirror, more often than not, of the make-up of the audience. Women instrumentalists are the exception rather than the norm. Though what exactly, we should perhaps ask ourselves when it comes to music and ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz, Suffering, and Meaning

Read "Jazz, Suffering, and Meaning" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

"Primary progressive aphasia" was a disease I had not heard until March of 2014. Now it is darkly stained into my life, since it is the form of dementia that afflicts my wife, Rebecca Merrill Groothuis. As Rebecca and I walk down this road, we are not alone. We have our church, our friends, and our ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

The Many Faces of Jazz Today: The Big Picture

Read "The Many Faces of Jazz Today: The Big Picture" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Five All About Jazz interviews provided source information for this article. To access them, click on the following links:

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

[In a series of five interviews entitled “The Many Faces of Jazz: Critical Dialogues," All ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz and Philosophy

Read "Jazz and Philosophy" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

Philosophy warms to jazz, but not as much, perhaps, to rock or blues. We can talk through the night about rock and blues, and it may be fun. But just how philosophical can we get about rock and blues--even with the help of a few smart friends and a few adult beverages? Rock is the rambunctious ...

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In Praise of Young Jazz Musicians

Read "In Praise of Young Jazz Musicians" reviewed by Steve Provizer

I hear a lot about this entitled generation of kids. The lazy buggers don't woodshed for 12 hours a day learning Charlie Parker solos like we did. They don't give a hoot about blowing Cherokee in 12 keys.

And yet, those lazy buggers seem to be filling the halls of Berklee, North Texas State ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Listening to Jazz Knowingly and Authentically: The Epistemology and Ontology of Jazz

Read "Listening to Jazz Knowingly and Authentically: The Epistemology and Ontology of Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

"What a peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call 'thought.'" --David Hume

I deliberately used the words “epistemological" and “ontological" in the title in order to attract your attention. If you don't know what they mean, you're going feel put off or curious. If you do know, you're going ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz Stories: 2016

Read "Jazz Stories: 2016" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz--a longstanding internet destination for all things jazz--is a community bound by its love of the music.

Since March, we've solicited jazz stories from our members asking them to answer any of a handful of questions and we wanted to recognize some of our submissions from 2016. New stories arrive daily and ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Words and Music: Why Liner Notes Matter

Read "Words and Music: Why Liner Notes Matter" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

It is said that we live in The Information Age, but perhaps, it would be more correct to say that we live in the Age of Too Much Information. If there is something you are looking for, you can often find it on the Internet, but the question is whether it is quantity rather than quality. ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz Popularity and You

Read "Jazz Popularity and You" reviewed by Douglas Groothuis

Twenty years ago I read in a William Bennett book that jazz made up only 3% of the music market. I often lamented that when jazz came up in any of the classes I taught. I further wondered if that lamentable percentage included sales by Kenny G. If so, all the worse, since, as Pat Metheny ...

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Jazz: The Sacred and the Profane

Read "Jazz: The Sacred and the Profane" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

“As above, so below" --Hermes Trismegistus

A warning: this article is worth reading only if you believe, as I do, that jazz is not just a form of entertainment, but an art form that has deep significance for our lives and contributes to our search for meaning. I fully appreciate the value of “digging ...


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