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The Origins of Jazz, with Phil Schaap

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 12:33 pm by Jazz at Lincoln Center

Last year, Phil Schaap joined us to film a series that discusses the early origins of Jazz. It’s an engaging eight-part series that will answer some questions you may not yet have thought of, like:

Why is Marco Polo important to the development of Jazz?
What made New Orleans so special and so crucial in the creation of Jazz?
What was Congo Square?
How did Jazz originate?
How did the solo develop?

Check out the series here, and learn more about the origins and the dawn …

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New Year, New Reading Lists

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 | 2:36 pm by Jazz at Lincoln Center

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to read more books?

If so, our curator–the great scholar and radio personality Phil Schaap–has graciously provided us with a recommended set of books for you to check out. This list below provides a starting point, with texts focusing primarily on earlier styles of Jazz. Phil provided even more titles covering later styles of the music, and we’ll list them in future posts.

We’ve added a few extra thoughts to accompany each book, and we …

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Thelonious Monk

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | 12:04 pm by Jazz at Lincoln Center

This month, the pianist and composer Thelonious Monk would have celebrated his 96th birthday. While his singular style of piano playing is not necessarily considered BeBop, he is nevertheless sometimes referred to as the “High Priest of Bop,” and his many compositions are canonical in BeBop repertoire (as well as Swing, Hard Bop, and many other styles).

In these videos, pianist Eric Reed pays tribute to Monk in various ways. In this video, he explains Monk’s importance in jazz. In other …

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Playing Rhythm Guitar like Freddie Green

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 | 6:35 am by Jazz at Lincoln Center

To many, Freddie Green serves as the epitome of a big band rhythm guitarist. A member of the “All-American Rhythm Section” of the Count Basie Orchestra (along with Basie on piano and initially Walter Page on bass and Papa Jo Jones on drums), Green developed a comping style so distinctively influential that even today, Jazz guitarists will be asked to play in the style of Freddie Green.

To understand what made Freddie Green’s sound and rhythm sense so unique, check out …

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