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There's a lot of music that has influenced me over the years.  My goal is to put a number of sound clips on.  Right now however, I'm not sure how to go about doing this, and also how much space would be allowable for this on this particular website.  That being said, I've figured out a way to finesse around this issue. 

I'm compiling a whole series of links to various sound and video sources, the main sites being

1. YouTube for videos and jazz sources for more recent genres (Swing, Bebop, Hard Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Jazz rendition of Standards of the Great American song bookeand, Bossa and Samba, which has begun to fascinate me more and more, and Fusion and post Hard Bop jazz, which would include Acid Jazz and other music that may be hybrids of Jazz and other genres, particularly World Music.
2. For them "good ol' good ones", if I can't get a better sound source out of YouTube, I will go to the RealPlayer .ram clips of the www.redhotjazz.com website, which has thousands of archived recordings from the formative years of jazz.  Indeed, I recommend all of you to explore into this site so you can make your own connections to see where Bebop, Hard Bop, Mainstream and other jazz genres came from.

And now my fields of interest. 

Overview of Coleman Hawkins

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One of the most important instrumental orgininators and innovators in the entire history of Jazz, Coleman Hawkins spanned several generations of players.  He was a handful of jazz artists who  grew with the times.  

Click Here to enter the Coleman Hawkins overview.  

Establishing a Groove - The role of the transition from tuba to bass in Early Jazz

This webpage came about as a result of a request by bassist Alex Duque for some examples of New Orleans Jazz from the early period of the 1920's demonstrating effective use of bass, and with a 4/4 groove.  Recently Alex and I played in an ad hoc Dixieland group that actually actualized this loping, relaxed Pre-Swing Era groove.  Out of this, I decided to put together some examples of jazz musicians of the 1920's and early 1930's working with different kinds of grooves and rhythm section configurations.  I further broke this down by region.  The resulting set of examples should make for some interesting listening for anyone who wants an understanding of where the whole concept of groove came from and its reliance on the make-up of the rhythm section.  All of the examples come from links at the Red Hot Jazz Archive at www.redhotjazz.com

Click Here to enter the Origins of 4/4 groove and bass usage in Early Jazz Survey.  


Coming Soon:  Roots of Brasilan Samba and Bossa

Coming Soon:  Jazz Guitar Wizards

Coming Soon:  Charleston / Lindy Hop / Jitterbug / Swing - 
                                   Some Video Clips

Coming Soon:  Other Odds & Ends

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