So you now know a bit about Jazz, I’ll give you a few Jazz Music Examples to fit the picture together. There are hundreds, thousands, of great Jazz Music pieces available world wide, dating from the early 1900’s..
No doubt there are many various Genres which can fit into the broad Jazz Music category, but we’ll just look at a some simple differences between the decades. How has Jazz changed over the last 100 years…?
The music listed on this page is either in an mp3 download format, or shown as a You tube video for convenience.
You’ll find various forms and or styles, from the decades. With the evolution of Jazz, you will find Jazz music examples are varied somewhat over the decades.
So, let’s go back in time…
Here is a very recent example a Jazz Funk Mix of a Jazz Funk Single called “Reach Out and Do it”.
This piece, an original written by Jimmy Heath. A Jazz Orchestra composition, with rounds featuring Jimmy and another Tenor, Trom and Trumpet. In fact, most of the band members get a go. Jimmy is a long time legend having played with John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. His compositions range in the hundreds, and he’s played on just about as many albums.
By Ed Hamilton for his 1998 album Groovology, the is a Smooth Groove cover version of Fly like an Eagle. Originally released in 1976 by the Steve Miller Band on an album of the Same name. Make that Rock, turned Jazz. A lot of this went on in the 90’s and continues today, where artists will cover songs from a different time and genre.
Pat Metheny is a Classic and progressive Jazz artist of recent times, with 17 Grammy Awards to his name. This is an interesting video put together using his track as backing. As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita.
The following clip is of Coleman Hawkins in his 1960’s album, The Hawk Swings. After Midnight. It was this inventiveness and skill from Hawkins that has continued to influence many Saxophone Players over the following Decades.
The following clip is of Miles Davis playing on his 1957 album, The Birth of Cool. A song called Godchild.
From a 1930’s recording this is a George Gershwin piece. Originally release in 1924, and written as an orchestral piece, the melodies and rhythms have a distinct Jazz feel about them, with inherent characteristics showing through from Early African times. Rhapsody in Blue.
Dixieland Jazz- Often know as Classic Jazz, really developed out of New Orleans, coming into the 1920’s. Dixieland started as a mix of Marching Bands, Ragtime and Blues. Here’s an example of Pete Fountain (Clarinet) playing Jazz Me Blues, originally recorded in New York in 1921