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View Resource A Jazz Improvisation Primer

Written by a jazz pianist and teacher, this online e-text is a guide to the history and techniques of jazz improvisation. Beginning with "A Brief History Of Jazz," the work moves on to discuss "Jazz Fundamentals," "Chord/Scale Relationships," "Applying Theory To Improvisation," "Accompanying," "Playing With Others," "Listening Analytically," and "Breaking The Rules." The text will be of use to...
View Resource Oscar Peterson: A Jazz Sensation

Launched on July 1, this new site from the National Library of Canada (NLC) celebrates the life and work of legendary Canadian jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson. Both the Web site and the physical exhibition launched the same day draw from the Oscar Peterson archive, which Dr. Peterson has been depositing at the National Library since 1991. At the site, visitors can learn about Oscar...
View Resource Louis Armstrong Discography: Celebrating a Century of Satch 1901-2001

Satchography! Whether or not you agree with Ken Burns (and many others) that Louis Armstrong is the font of jazz and modern American music, you have to appreciate the effort and care that have gone into this site. Fans, researchers, and casual listeners can use the site to access comprehensive information on Armstrong's recordings, sessions, and the composers. These are collected in seven sections...
View Resource The Norwegian Jazz Base

A product of the Norwegian Jazz Archives and the National Library of Norway, the Norwegian Jazz Base is a catalog of jazz recordings involving Norwegian musicians from 1905 to the present. Accessible in both Norwegian and English, Jazz Base contains an historical overview of Norwegian jazz history, biographies and photographs of Norwegian jazz musicians listed alphabetically by name, sound clips...
View Resource Duke Ellington

This site pays homage to one of America's most prestigious and creative composers, Duke Ellington. Offering an introduction to the many accomplishments of Mr. Ellington's career, which lasted over fifty years, is quite challenging, but the site serves as a nice introduction, particularly for younger students. Divided into five sections, users may want to start with the short biographical essay...
View Resource Jazz Institute of Chicago

For all the attention paid to the fantastic blues music that is often closely associated with Chicago, many people seem to forget that Chicago has also been fertile ground for jazz musicians as well. Some of the many famous musicians produced by the Second City include Gene Ammons, Eddie Harris, Benny Goodman, Von Freeman, Herbie Hancock, and numerous others. Of course, the Jazz Institute of...
View Resource 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...
View Resource 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...
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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...