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Storyville, New Orleans and the Birth of Jazz

There really is no original music, it’s all a result of someone taking one from column A and adding it to column B to make it their own. Although, Jazz has been called “America’s only original form of music,” that’s not necessarily true.

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The Railroad, The Radio and the Record: Three Technologies That Gave Birth to American Music

The very history of America, and the rest of the world after World War One, is told through the music of sharecroppers, itinerant laborers, the Southern church, former slaves, immigrants and settlers, and the three technological advances that brought it all to the rest of the world.

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John Coltrane - Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

The best part about being a music fan in this day and age is sometimes real treasures pop up out of nowhere and with absolutely minimal effort it’s all right there for your taking. If you’re a jazz fan or just kind of curious about the Golden Age of the genre, take some time and get lost in the world on New York jazz at the peak of its power.

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Classic Front-to-Back Album: Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is the greatest selling jazz album of all time, for good reason.

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Essential Downloads - Jazz Greats, Part 2 - The Piano Players

The piano is the quintessential jazz instrument, but it is also the hardest instrument to record properly, and since we are going to be focusing on older recordings, don’t expect a lot of audiophile-level listings here. But just because a song is not recorded to today’s standards by no means it should be ignored.

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Essential Downloads: Jazz Greats Part 1

To many people jazz from the post be-bop era is a bit of an acquired taste, but my experience is once you acquire the taste for it the music doesn’t let go of you. There is so much great jazz from the 1950s and 60s that we could spend a year listing essential music from the period, but for the uninitiated here are five essential songs to get you started on you jazz journey.

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