all that jazz



This site contains history, quotations, and photos, of Jazz and artist, from New Orleans, from the late 1800's when Jazz began to metamorphis from Rags, Blues, Brass Band Music, and Popular tunes. We have added two pages on Jazz in Chicago, with more to come soon. Try our new navigation bar. We will be including, New York and Kansas City, thru the Big Band or Swing Era of the 1930's and 1940's, all accessed from this page as they are made available.



Jazz as a musical style has been with us for more than a century. Jazz originated in the United States, however it has spread over the entire world, and it's influence can be seen everywhere. It is truly a universal language and means of communication, understood by people in all nations and all walks of life.All that Jazz Trumpet

It has been a major influence on many styles and genres of music since it's origin in the late 1800's. It has also influenced dance, clothing styles, the recording industry, the film industry, radio and television, our language, and many other aspects of our lives.

It is our goal on this website to provide the visitor with resource material which will help one understand the history of this wonderful form of entertainment. Many volumes of information have been written on the art of Jazz as well as the history of the music and artists.All That Jazz Clarinet There are also several good websites dealing with this subject. This site is a collection of the research we have done over the years to help us understand and appreciate the many forms of Jazz and it's artists.

On our website of the history, quotations, photos, and lyrics of Louis Armstrong, Louis Armstrong Tribute we have had many visitors which have indicated the usefulness of having the information in a form that was easy to read and navigate. This is what we have tried to accomplish with this site.

Most of the material on this website is an adaptation of what others have written. We have only attempted to put it in a form which is both; easy to find what one is looking for, and easy to understand. Every attempt has been made to give credit where it is due.

All that Jazz PianoWhen other Websites have been used we have also made an active link to that site, so you may visit the site by clicking on the name of the source. Our chief reference for biographical information of artist and bands is the wonderful Red Hot Jazz Archives site, which also has many sound recording examples of Jazz music and artists. We would recomend you also visit this and other sites we have linked to.

All graphics on this site were created by us using Adobe Photoshop and Xara 3D, however much of the text and photograph copyrights are owned by others. If we have used your copyrighted material on this site and you have objections to this please inform us by e-mail [see link at bottom of each page] and it will be removed from the site.

All That Jazz Trombone Mr. Tom Morgan author of the award winning book "From Cakewalks to Concert Halls" and the execelent website Jazz Roots: Early Jazz Essentials informed us of a copyright violation, and we removed the material from this site, however we would recomend a visit to his website for more information. If you are doing serious research on the early history of Jazz we would also highly recommend you read his book.


Jazz from the late 1800's
to the Big Band Swing Era

In the record catalogues jazz has a place of its own. It follows "Popular Music," which is a vastly longer list. You will find in the jazz section, just as in the folk division, no mention of composers as such. The names of Arlen, Berlin, Carmichael, Gershwin are omitted. Instead you will find the names of Armstrong, Basie, Condon, Dodds, Eldridge, Freeman, Getz--the men who make the stuff. These craftsmen are themselves composers in that they possess the remarkable gift of spontaneously scoring music as a group
From an article by Arnold Sundgaard

All that Jazz Sax Tracing the origins of Jazz in the formative years (1895-1917) is not an easy task. Recordings of Jazz did not begin until 1917, and even then the severe technical limitations of the primitive acoustical recording equipment distorted the true sound of the bands as they would have been heard in person. Ear-witness accounts of early Jazz bands of the turn of the century, like Buddy Bolden's band, vary widely. Nothing that they played was written and even if it was, it would be of little value. No musical notation has yet been devised that accurately describes the feel of an improvised performance......The prominent Jazz musicians born or raised in New Orleans at or before the turn of the century, many of whom worked in Storyville, would take several pages to list and would read like a Jazz Hall of Fame. All that Jazz Bass The preeminence of New Orleans as a Jazz center came to an end in 1917 during World War I as a result of still another ordinance when Storyville was closed by the Navy Department. From these ignoble roots, Jazz went on to later earn the title of America's Classical Music, gracefully making the long trip from Funky Butt Hall to Carnegie Hall in 20 years. It subsequently gained recognition from the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, Congress (don't hold that against it), the President of the United States, most Universities and music conservatories, as well as many classical conductors and the Royal houses of Europe! Vive le Jazz hot !
From an article by Len Weinstock

The Jazz music of the Big Band Era was the culmination of over thirty years of musical development. What is it that made Jazz so innovative and different that it could literally sweep the world, changing the musical styles of nearly every country? And what is it about big band Jazz that makes the feet tap and the heart race with excitement?
From an article by Bob Thomas

All That Jazz Drums The mid 30's was the Swing Era and saw the Big Bands as the popular music of the day. There were also some important small group swing recordings during the 1930's and 1940's. These differed from earlier small groups because they featured very little collective improvisation. This music emphasized the individual soloist.

As jazz evolved, highly arranged dance music became the norm. When musicians like Benny Goodman added black arrangements for their scores, jazz began to move into the Swing or Big Band period. Large Jazz bands toured the United States filling the radio airwaves with swing, a term which became synonymous with jazz. It was also a time when vocalists came to the forefront led by such favorites as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Fats Waller.


Other pages of this site

All That Jazz main page

The Origins of Jazz

New Orleans Jazz

New Orleans Artist Index

Jazz in Chicago

Chicago Style


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