Jazz, Blues & Latin Music: Local and Global!
Looking to broaden your knowledge of your favorite musical style or branch out into new sonic territories? These online resources will help you in your search.
allaboutjazz.com offers monthly columns, active chat forum, and browsable archives, including artists' profiles, photos, gigs, festivals, news, reviews, and interviews.
allmusic.com offers music reviews, new releases, artists' biographies and discographies of all genres.
The Latin Jazz Network is an online project dedicated to promoting Latin Jazz music and artists.
This is the jazz portal for the Smithsonian Institution: Information on jazz exhibits, events, and concerts, plus historical information on America's classical music.
Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts (CCJA)
4505 W 36th Ave., Denver, CO 80212
Founded in 1999, CCJA first focused on creating learning opportunities for young jazz players, thereby launching a "Youth In Jazz" program. Denver-area musicians ranging in age from 13-18 meet once a week to play together and learn improvisation, techniques, style, history, theory, arranging, and business from professional musicians. Over the years we have developed several different programs to help accomplish our goals of meaningful learning. In the spirit of bringing different aspects of the jazz community together, we have also created a Colorado jazz directory that enables musicians, teachers, bands, fans, students, stores, venues, record labels, recording studios, and publications to find each other.
International Association of Jazz Educators
The leading international organization for the promotion, preservation and appreciation of jazz. The site is primarily informational, describing IAJE's mission, structure, membership and programs, including its annual conference and award ceremony, scholarships, workshops and other educational/outreach projects. Not to be missed are the excellent articles--one taken from each edition of the Jazz Educators Journal, published six times a year since 1969.
Jazz Journalists Association
Fairly self-explanatory name, but a strong, unique, informative site. Extensive updated content provided by the JJA staff and the organization's 300+ membership, a highly knowledgeable bunch. Features include the excellent "Postcards from the Festival Trail," great photographs and art, enlightening discussions, and what-we-wish new Web links section on the home page. Bookmark it.
In 1999, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Jazz Initiative created JazzNet, a group of regionally recognized jazz presenters from across the country who receive Foundation funding for endowment, technical assistance and programming support. The group is currently working on a web site.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
Dedicated to preserving, perpetuating and encouraging the music, arts, culture, and heritage indigenous to the New Orleans area. Producers of the "original" Jazz Fest, the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Mt. Airy Cultural Center
This Philadelphia-based jazz education organization sponsors the annual Tony Williams Labor Day Scholarship Jazz Festival.
The National Jazz Museum
Chicago's newest museum is not actually built yet, but their site has interesting features, including an interactive jazz crossword puzzle. You can also take a virtual tour of the proposed museum.
Started in 1994, this Brooklyn, NY-based group has become a leading jazz education organization focusing on in-school programs and dedicated to making jazz music a greater part of the American consciousness.
Capri Records - Bailey, CO
Capri Records is a leading independent jazz label started by record collector, jazz enthusiast and entrepreneur Thomas Burns. Launched in 1983 with a release by tenor saxophonist Spike Robinson, the Bailey, Colorado-based label now has a catalog of over eighty titles including those by bassists Ray Brown and Red Mitchell, trombonists Al Grey and Phil Wilson, saxophonist Bud Shank and drummer Louie Bellson. Over the years Capri has helped launch the careers of a number of artists including trumpeter Ron Miles, flutist Holly Hofmann and the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
Hapi Skratch Records - Loveland, CO
Since 1995 Hapi Skratch Records, Inc. has redefined the modern production and distribution one-stop model incorporating all the elements necessary to record, produce, package, distribute, and market independent music in today's new era of the entertainment industry. Artists who have recorded albums for Hapi Skratch include Chris Daniels & the Kings, Conjunto Colores and Lannie Garrett.
Jazzed Media - Denver, CO
Founded by Graham Carter in 2002 and based in Denver, Jazzed Media offers both newly recorded jazz sessions and historic recorded jazz not available previously. Newly recorded jazz offerings are performed by the world's greatest jazz musicians coupled with state of the art recording facilities. Historic jazz recordings are thoroughly restored to the best sonic condition via computer software programs and dedicated engineering talent. Jazzed Media has released albums by Richie Cole and others.
Jazz Excursion Records - Littleton, CO
Jazz Excursion Records was founded in 2005 by John Sutton, host of “The Jazz Excursion” radio program. Since 1969 John has been involved with radio, records and recording. Jazz Excursion Records strives to put out only high quality recordings of jazz. Jazz Excursion's catalogue includes albums by Richie Cole, Don Friedman, and others.
Jazz Link Enterprises - Longmont, CO
Jazz Link Enterprises of Longmont has released eight albums of material featuring respected Colorado guitarist Dale Bruning with special guests. The JLE website also features links to Colorado musicians and festivals, plus a listing of birthdays for jazz and blues artists living and departed.
Synergy Music - Denver, CO
Founded in 1996, Synergy Music produces audiophile recordings of original mainstream and modern jazz projects by both internationally renowned artists and musicians who are part of the remarkably vibrant jazz scene in the Denver-Bould