Jazz fan Natalie Weiner launched a blog called The 1959 Project with day-to-day looks at the genre’s most famous year. When researching for my final year dissertation, Ted Gioia’s The History of Jazz was a valuable tome and it helped (I got a First for the dissertation). Jazz history is fascinating and enriching when you travel through every decade of progression. But one year stands out…

To celebrate Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, we take a look at five samples from the iconic jazz pianist. He was a trailblazer with his improv style, wide-ranging melodic shifts, and trademark fashions. Thelonious Monk was born on this day in 1917. We have been blessed to have had him in our presence, physically and musically. In commemoration of this, we have compiled a list of…

Science and music combine in the form of The Periodic Table of Jazz. This is such a cool and inventive idea. Designer, writer and musician David Marriott, Jr., in conjunction with Unlogic Doo, put together a periodic table of jazz. Showcasing the best of the genre from the 20s onwards, you can actually see the evolution of jazz style through the ages. Each row roughly…