"If you have to ask what jazz is... you’ll never know." Louis Armstrong
Jazz, born in New Orleans around 1910, was formed through marching bands moving indoors, and mixing with ragtime, blues and other musical styles. No matter your taste, we have a wide range of jazz sheet music, tuition books and scores, have a look, and find your jazz style today!
Although jazz began very locally, and gradually spread more nationally, it wasn’t until the 1930s that it became more international, becoming popular through the new dance form Swing. Due to the economic crisis, many solo artists began to form big bands, like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington. Soon Gypsy Jazz also sprung up, which, since it mainly used string instruments, was also called String Jazz, an excellent example being the French guitarist Django Rheinhardt. In the 1940s, through such jazz musicians as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis & Dizzy Gillespie, Bebop evolved, which is the basis for modern jazz. In Bebop, the tempo quickened, the harmonies became more complex, and there was more rhythmic freedom.