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We're not going to discuss what is Jazz or who is the best Jazz Artist, Vocalist or Musician, or Vocalist and Musician. I'll provide a few samples and we'll all enjoy the music. If you have a favorite put in a request, if it's available on a publicly accepted site and I can locate it, I'll put it up.

Now from wikipedia an attempt at a definition;

Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. Jazz uses improvisation, blue notes, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and syncopation, and blends West African musical styles with Western music technique and theory.

As the term "jazz" has long been used for a wide variety of styles, a comprehensive definition including all varieties is elusive. While some enthusiasts of certain types of jazz have argued for narrower definitions which exclude many other types of music also commonly known as jazz, jazz musicians themselves are often reluctant to define the music they play. Duke Ellington summed it up by saying, "It's all music." Some critics have even stated that Duke Ellington's music was not in fact jazz...

Let's set out some guidelines for mojo diaries. (Remember these are only guidelines and all about fun.)


  1. If comment you have to recommend all comments. (in order to recieve mojo you have to give mojo. It's only good mojo manners.)

       2. Everything you say may be taken as a joke (so if you ask a question, expect a silly answer)

       3. You must recommend the diary (and pimp it unapologetically)

       4. You don't have to comment to recommend.

       5. You can't steal my idea (heh, right, like that ain't goin' to happen)

       6. Mojo mojo mojo mojo, mojo mojo mojo.

Also mojo goals.
A) 100 commenters
B) 100 recommends for each comment, at least.
C) Fun fun fun.
D) That's enough for now. (Have a suggestion? Post it.)

To start us off we get a little Sachmo doing a popular standard.

Well I can't settle for one.

It don't mean a thing without the Duke;

Of course we have to include Ella;

And then there is Sarah;

And  Thelonious;

And Dizzy doing battle with Roy Eldridge, Teddy Buckner and Bill Colemann;

Staying with the trumpet,  Jon Faddis with the Dizzy Gillespie Sextet 77.

Now bring that forward to Chris;

More vocals with Tom;

And Michael;


Let's "Take Five" and more classics with Dave Brubeck;

Two more combine for this one, Miles and John or if you prefer, Davis and Coltrane;

And for the guitarist, Lee;

Well, that should whet your appetite. Don't forget to recommend the diary so other can enjoy and have some fun.

Oh there is one more salute, to Hawaiian Jazz with the voice of Iz. RIP big bruddah.

For a list of Jazz Artist go here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. As you can see from these list there are way too many to show you today. If you have a favorite, name them and their most representative or you favorite piece.


Originally posted to TexDem on Fri Jun 22, 2007 at 08:34 AM PDT.

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