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ARTICLE: JUST FOR FUN

Love Jazz, Hate Jazz

Read "Love Jazz, Hate Jazz" reviewed by Michael Ricci

Years ago, when I dabbled in cartooning, I developed a presentation style where the character on the left makes a statement with a speech balloon while the character on the right responds with a thought balloon--typically in sharp contrast. I had a lot of fun with it.

Here, illustrator Keith Henry Brown and I ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Jazz Stories: 2017

Read "Jazz Stories: 2017" 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 2016, 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 2017. New stories arrive daily ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

Craft Beer and Jazz

Read "Craft Beer and Jazz" reviewed by Thad Aerts

As I type these words, I'm sitting here sipping on an Apricot Peach Orange Whip Mimosa Gose while listening to Derek Bailey's Improvisation LP. If you aren't aware of Bailey's work, he was a British guitarist who championed the European “free" style. All improv, all the time-with no structure to speak of. Many have argued that ...

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: THE JAZZ LIFE

Intermission Riff: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cat

Read "Intermission Riff: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cat" reviewed by Anthony Glass

In 1958 I was 20 and in my second year at Swansea University. I also played guitar in a small group with my good friend Russ John. We lived in a small village called Trallwn, four miles outside of Swansea. Swansea was a centre of heavy industry and extensive pollution, yet a few miles away was ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

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 ...