"Jazz is America's classical music."
– Dr. Billy Taylor
"A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges."
– Benny Green
"What we play is life."
– Louis Armstrong
"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
– Charlie Parker
Dizzy's San Diego
Jazz Jam Sessions at South Park Bar and Grill
Tuesday Night Live Jazz Jam at Onyx
SDJMG (San Diego Jazz Musicians Guild)
All About Jazz
Jazz at PBS
Down Beat Jazz
Glossary of Jazz Terms
All About Jazz
Jazz has been described as the “classical music
of the United States.” Finding its roots in African
traditions and folkways surviving through the long
years of slavery, and nurtured in the high-energy,
melting pot atmosphere of America’s great cities,
jazz developed into an unmistakably unique art form.
The golden age of jazz took place in the 1930s and
1940s in storied locales like Harlem and Kansas
City. This amazing time set the stage for jazz as we
know it today, and produced a pantheon of legends,
innovators, and “jazz royalty.” Jazz, characterized
by its thrilling improvisation and soulful attitude,
continues to grow with the times. These Internet
resources are great for learning, seeing, and
hearing more about this incredible genre and its
harmonies and heroes.
Jazz: A Film
by Ken Burns: Official website for the PBS
documentary on the history of jazz. Includes great
informational resources like an interactive map of
important jazz clubs, the history of jazz from
slavery days to the sixties, dozens of biographies
of great jazz musicians, and much more.
Jazz at Lincoln
Center: Information and multimedia on jazz
performances by modern greats like Wynton Marsalis
at the Lincoln Square Center for the Performing Arts
in New York.
The Jazz Web:
Compendium of high-quality information on a variety
of jazz topics, including jazz styles, jazz
performers, jazz events and festivals, jazz-related
art, and jazz education.
Smithsonian Jazz: Main portal of the Smithsonian
Institute’s page for jazz, which it describes as
“one of the America’s greatest art forms.” Includes
events, exhibits, and unique resources like jazz
oral histories and free, interactive jazz “classes.”
Hall of Fame: News, downloads, and information
Journalists Association: An international group
of media professionals who join together to share
resources and information for developing educational
materials promoting jazz.
Twin Cities Jazz
Society: News and information from the jazz
appreciation society based in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Society: Jazz information, events, and
photography from the jazz aficionados of Tucson,
Society of Oregon: The JSO sponsors information
on the local jazz scene, featured musicians, and a
jazz scholarship for students of the musical genre.
Jazz Cultural Center: A non-profit cultural
center in New York for supporting the latest
generation of jazz musicians.
Discography Project: An exhaustive list of jazz
musicians and their discographies, including
musicians from all eras of jazz. Fully search-able
and includes the option to search by record label
rather than musician.
Las Vegas Jazz
Society: Official website for the 20+ year old
jazz appreciation society founded by jazz musician
Monk Montgomery for the Las Vegas area. Includes a
history of jazz in Las Vegas.
Harlem Jazz Museum: National museum of jazz in
Harlem, the birthplace of modern jazz. Awesome news,
photographs, and audio, as well as visitors’
Chicago Jazz Archive: Part of the special
collections of the University of Chicago. Includes
information on the collection as well as links to
information of general interest for enthusiasts
interested about the history and development of
Improvisation: A series of articles all about
jazz improvisation developed at the University of
Wisconsin for a class in jazz. Discusses jazz
rhythm, accent, harmony, melody and more, plus
excellent external resources on jazz, the blues, and
Bob Keller’s Jazz Page: A huge table of Internet
resources on all aspects of jazz, including
resources for jazz musicians.
Rude Interlude: All about the life and work of
Kind of Blue: In-depth interview about Kind
of Blue, the classic jazz compilation by jazz
trumpeter Miles Davis.
Louis Armstrong House Museum: Information on
visiting the home of the jazz legend in New York
City. Includes information on exhibits and permanent
collections of the museum.
About John Coltrane: Biography and style
information on saxophonist John Coltrane.
Extravagant Crowd: Billie Holiday: Biographical
sketch with photos on Billie Holiday, one of the
most celebrated women in jazz and a hugely
influential jazz vocalist.
Official Web Site of Ella Fitzgerald: News and
information about Ella Fitzgerald, one of the
greatest figures in jazz today.
Jazz Profiles from NPR: Includes biographies,
interviews, and music from dozens of artists
including Coltrane, Davis, Armstrong, Thelonius
Monk, Sun Ra, and many more. An excellent site for
learning about jazz stars past and present.
Greatest Jazz Trumpet Players: Also includes “30
Greatest Saxophonists” and a variety of similar
articles discussing the accomplishments, styles, and
innovations of jazz musicians.
Studies Online: Dedicated to showcasing the
diversity and innovation of jazz. Includes articles,
book excerpts, interviews, performances and a
variety of other resources.
Jazz Guitar Central: Lessons in and history of
the jazz guitar.
Organ History: A huge history of the jazz organ.
Jazz Dance: Cross-referenced article on the
history of jazz dance.
About Jazz Dance: Jazz dance fact page from the
Dancin’ Unlimited dance company.
Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz:
Search-able online archive of the classic William P.
Gottlieb collection of over 1,600 photographs of
jazz musicians and jazz performances from 1938 to
Information on the History of Jazz: Amazing
collection of informative resources for jazz eras,
jazz styles, performers, history, and audio.
The Red Hot
Jazz Archive: Cross-linked site focused on
providing a history of jazz and its pioneers before
Jazz History: Biographical resource giving
information on jazz musicians featured in the famous
1958 jazz portrait, including their styles and
instruments. Includes info on dozens of jazz
performers from the historic photo.
Orleans Jazz Museum: Exhibit and visitors’
information from the New Orleans Jazz national park
in the heart of New Orleans’ French quarter. Also
includes information and educational material for
adults and kids.
Jazz: Includes news, reviews, photos, multimedia
and great guides to jazz festivals, radio, venues,
and more. Also maintains a comprehensive calendar of
upcoming jazz releases.
Club Kaycee: Historical resource on Kansas City
jazz during the golden age. Venues, biographies,
articles, and sound bytes.
Chicago: All about urban leisure in the city of
Chicago from 1893 to 1945. Includes extensive
information on jazz venues, historic jazz events,
and much more about the city’s culture in this era.
A Jazz Improvisation Primer: A book-length, free
resource on jazz styles throughout the years, jazz
performance, and the intricacies of jazz
improvisation. Written by a professional musician
Ragtime, Jazz, Swing & Big Band: Information on
jazz and some related styles from the Songwriters’
Hall of Fame.
Big Band Swing and Jazz from the 1930s and 1940s:
Free, down-loadable audio from the Smithsonian
Institute’s Folkways project.