Best of Jazz Music 2016

Best of Jazz Music 2016



Jazz is a music genre that originated amongst African Americans in New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since the 1920s jazz age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African American and European American musical parentage with a performance orientation.[1] Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music.[2] Although the foundation of jazz is deeply rooted within the Black experience of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience and styles to the art form as well. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".[3]

As jazz spread around the world, it drew on different national, regional, and local musical cultures, which gave rise to many distinctive styles. New Orleans jazz began in the early 1910s, combining earlier brass-band marches, French quadrilles, biguine, ragtime and blues with collective polyphonic improvisation. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands, Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, bluesy, improvisational style and Gypsy jazz (a style that emphasized musette waltzes) were the prominent styles. Bebop emerged in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music toward a more challenging "musician's music" which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. Cool jazz developed in the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines.

The 1950s saw the emergence of free jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat and formal structures, and in the mid-1950s, hard bop emerged, which introduced influences from rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing. Modal jazz developed in the late 1950s, using the mode, or musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation. Jazz-rock fusion appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s, combining jazz improvisation with rock music's rhythms, electric instruments and highly amplified stage sound. In the early 1980s, a commercial form of jazz fusion called smooth jazz became successful, garnering significant radio airplay. Other styles and genres abound in the 2000s, such as Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz.

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Global Force
Global Force is an album by 3rd Force, released on January 15, 2016.
futuresoul is an album by musical artist Boney James, released on May 4, 2015.
Emily's D+Evolution
Emily's D+Evolution is the fifth studio album by the American musician Esperanza Spalding, released on 4 March 2016 on Concord Records.
Ivory Soul
Ivory Soul is an album by John Novello, released on February 29, 2016.

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Spotlight Artist

Julian Lage (born December 25, 1987) is an American jazz guitarist and composer.

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Robert Glasper (born April 5, 1978, in Houston, Texas) is an American keyboard player and record producer. His 2012 album Black Radio won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 55th Grammy Awards.

Top 10 Albums of 201610

Albums Released this Year65

Artists with New Releases132

Chart-Topping Artists105

Chart-Topping Albums103

Chart-Topping Songs27

Top iTunes Songs10

Top SoundCloud Songs11

Best Reviewed Albums25

Best Reviewed Artists34

Top Albums by Best Reviewed Artists28

Top Songs by Best Reviewed Artists20

Award Winners27

Top Albums by Award Winners11

Top Songs by Award Winners4

Up & Coming Artists of 20164

Artists on Tour113

Popular Music Festivals32

Popular Record Labels12


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles196


Spotify - Featured Tracks65


News Articles6

  –  January 10, 2017
Local jazz musicians are performing at parks, plazas, and other outdoor venues in the Omaha area through Labor Day. For your consideration are three local music series which present free admission concerts. New recording from Weston's African Rhythms Trio ...
Jazz on tap: Solomon Parham Quintet, Oudyano, Charanga Tropical and Paul McCandless
  –  January 10, 2017
free, McCandless special Through his tenure in the influential bands Oregon and the Paul Winter Consort, multi-reedist Paul McCandless helped break down barriers between fusion jazz, world music, bebop and chamber music. In the mid-90s he ...
How To Become a Successful Musician With Major Influence on Jazz?
  –  January 10, 2017
Guest post by Vincent Hill. There are a lot of great musicians nowadays who are famous for playing jazz music. There are also other musicians who are famous in the heavy metal genre who have their origins in the Jazz music. This genre of music utilises ...
Jazz performers combine music, spirituality at Peoria church
  –  January 9, 2017
PEORIA — Almost every week from the second Sunday of September through Pentecost, which this year is June 4, the Westminster Presbyterian Church holds a 50-minute Jazz Vespers service. The 4 p.m. service at the church on West Moss Avenue consists of a ...
Jazz musicians host local family music workshop
  –  January 9, 2017
CLARKSBURG — Morgantown jazz musicians Nathan and Jenny Wilson hosted a family music workshop at My Little Cupcake on Sunday. The workshop was meant to teach children, as well as their parents, some of the basic concepts behind reading rhythms from music ...
Nat Hentoff and the Giants of Jazz
  –  January 8, 2017— Nick Hentoff (@Nick_Hentoff) January 8, 2017 Throughout his prolific career, Hentoff wrote on politics, foreign affairs, country music, and civil liberties. But his greatest legacy may be his body of work on jazz music ...


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