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Jazz Roots

Focusing primarily on the first thirty years of jazz, this site offers a nice introduction to the development of the idiom, along with information about the various musicians and composers who contributed to this truly American art form. This site was developed as a labor of love by Tom Morgan, a radio producer and host of a well-regarded jazz show in New Orleans. Visitors unacquainted with the...
Two on Dave Brubeck

Born in California in 1920, Dave Brubeck has been an icon of jazz music for over five decades, and shows few signs of slowing down as he continues to perform and compose. The first site for consideration here was designed to complement a television program produced for PBS that explored Brubeck's life and contributions to jazz throughout the second half of the twentieth century. The production...

Jazz lovers may already know about the magazine Downbeat, but others with a developing interest in the current landscape of jazz music and jazz musicians may want to take a look at this site. As might be expected, the actual magazine is not available for free on the site, but there is enough free content here to warrant several visits. For the neophyte who may be looking to learn more about the...
Smithsonian Jazz

National and International Jazz Appreciation Month happens to be April, but this shouldn't stop visitors from celebrating the richness of this form of musical expression during any of the other eleven months of the calendar. The Smithsonian Jazz initiative has created this very fine website that brings together oral histories from jazz greats such as Artie Shaw, information about the Smithsonian's...
Brubeck Oral History Project

Dave Brubeck remains of one jazz's living legends; back in 2007 he sat down for a series of interviews with his wife, Iola, at the University of the Pacific. The interviews were filmed on Sanibel Island in Florida and were conducted by Sharon Sutton, the head of special collections at the University of Pacific Library, and Keith Hatschek, director of the music management program in the University...