• What’s the Jazz Soundtrack to Your Life?

    Jazz, much like other music genres, has eras and each era is marked by its stars and the music they made. Swing jazz had Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and many other New Orleans cats. Bebop had Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, the Jazz Epistles and many others. Free jazz on the other side had th...

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  • Jazz Theory – Improvisation

    Improvisation Jazz improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating fresh melodies over the continuously repeating cycle of chord changes of a tune. The improviser may depend on the contours of the original tune, or solely on the possibilities of the chords’ harmonies. It has been sai...

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  • Jazz Theory – The Structure of Jazz

    The Structure of Jazz Much of what happens in jazz is strongly influenced by the rather rigid structure of the genre. But, far from being an obstacle, the structure provides a set of agreed-upon “rules of the game” that allow musicians to come together and play jazz with little more advance commu...

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  • The Ultimate Jazzuary Syllabus

    Still Grazing, the Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela This autobiography chronicles the life story of the jazz giant from his life in South Africa to his adventures in the United States. It gives details of Masekela surviving life under Apartheid and introducing African music to Americans with Miri...

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  • New Age African Jazz Artists

    South African music has been textured by jazz music, creating a melting pot of indigenously African jazz, an ever-changing array of inspiring sound. Greats such as Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba have held the reigns and left legendary boots to fill. We look at some of the young men and women who...

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  • A Love Supreme — Jazz and its instruments

    The Sounds of Jazz Lois Armstrong inspired an entirely new generation of musicians all thirsty for knowledge. It wasn’t anything that he said that moved the masses, but how he played the instrument that he loved so much. His ability to improvise while seducing the crowd with his unique blend of s...

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  • Jazz in South Africa

    In a Nutshell Jazz in South Africa has been the musical voice of the people. Seeped in a rich history of song capable of crooning the restless masses, Jazz has grown since it’s humble vagabond beginnings. Throughout the ages, it seems as though Jazz is the riff and bassline that people need to ov...

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  • A guide to the Cape Town Jazz Festival

    Going into its 17th year, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has long passed institution status. Yearly, during the first weekend of April, jazz lovers make the pilgrimage to the Mother City to soak up the music and culture. 40 acts performing on five stages over two days is a wonder to be...

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