Jazz Today

Jazz is still alive and well in the USA. Below is a list of popular jazz artists/groups, mostly American but some are from other countries and shows the far reaching influence of jazz in other countries around the world. Pick two of the artists listed and listen to a couple of their more famous pieces and write about what you think of their music.

Do you like it or not? Why? What type of jazz is it and what makes it that style? What instruments are played? Does that fit the style of jazz the artist represents? What about the elements of their songs. Is there a lot, a little or no improvisation?

What about the beat or meter? Is it syncopated or even or does it use both? Why did you pick the songs you did to listen to and write about? Is it instrumental only or is there vocals also?

List of Jazz Artists to choose from:

Chick Corea, Spyro Gyro, Tito Puente (Sr or Jr), Gato Barbieri, Jeff Beck, Richard Bona, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius, Weather Report, Brecker Bros (Michael Brecker), David Sanborn, Wynton Marsalis, Brandon Marsalis, Keith Jarrett, or George Benson.

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