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Non-Musical Lessons We Can Learn from Jazz

For some people, Jazz is life. Those who study, teach, and perform this amazing craft dedicate so much of their time practicing and creating and growing. This genre of music has completely changed how they look at and function in life. But there are so many things one can learn from jazz beyond the playing techniques and the unique art form that it is. It can actually teach us non-musical life skills, benefits, and educational lessons embedded in the study, practice, and performance of jazz music. Let us discuss them here.   Solitude Jazz is a craft that requires a lot of time — time for critical listening, learning, repetition, and more. This time that a musician spends alone helps cultivate self-discipline, determination, and patience. If one is not focused, he will not be able to improve and master his music. Self-evaluation is also a very important skill that is learned through jazz. A musician develops his technique, flexibility, agility, and artistic voice through this solitary process. The skill of working alone is also developed. …

7 Best Jazz Artists of All Time

The main characteristic of jazz is improvisation. This is an ever evolving and expanding art form. It is instantly recognized and distinguished as something separate from all other forms of musical expression. This is why jazz artists are well-respected by their contemporaries and recognized as some of the best musicians of all time. Here are seven jazz artists that have left a mark as the best of the best: Miles Davis A son of a music teacher, Miles Davis is considered one of the top musicians of his era and instrumental in the development of jazz. His innovations and reinventions spearheaded the emergence of bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, free jazz, fusion, funk and techno music. Davis dropped out of Juilliard and became a full-time jazz musician. He became a part of the Charlie Parker Quintet. By the late 1960s, Davis ventured into jazz fusion with his best-selling album Bitches Brew. As a result, Davis was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine—becoming the first jazz artist to be so recognized. Davis died at …

5 Upcoming Jazz Artists to Look Out For

It is always exciting to discover a new generation of jazz artists and see what they have to bring to the table. These artists give hope of the art form continuing on through the years. Some of them even give a refreshing, more contemporary sound to the mix. Below are five artists that you should check out. We’re sure you’ll love their music as much as we did! Gregory Porter Gregory Porter is a jazz, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, and actor born in California. He started his music career performing in local jazz clubs where he met saxophonist, composer, and pianist Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta eventually became his mentor. In 2013, he released his third album Liquid Spirit which became a huge success. It won him the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. In 2017, he took home the MOBO Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. NPR tagged him as “the next great male jazz singer”. Check out Porter’s latest album Nat “King” Cole & Me. Esperanza Spalding Thirty-one-year-old Esperanza Spalding is a world-renowned …

Must Listen To Jazz Songs of 2018

It’s a new year and artists are out with their new releases. Whether you’re into old school or contemporary jazz, fans are in for a treat. Fresh out of the recording studios, here are the must listen to jazz songs of 2018: Pass The Groove – Lin Rountree Lin Rountree, also known as The Soul-Trumpeter, has just released his single “Pass The Groove”. It is currently one of the hottest songs in contemporary jazz and is flying up the National Billboard Charts. It is the first single from Lin Rountree’s newest CD Stronger Still. The album features some of the hottest artists and producers in the industry. It will be released in February 2018. Groove On – Euge Groove Euge Groove is a saxophonist, composer, and producer. He has close to a dozen #1 hits on the Contemporary Jazz Charts. His newest title track “Groove On” is pulsating and scintillating. It features the talented musician on flute and keyboard. Euge Groove promises he has no intentions other than to “groove on”. He wishes that his …