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Learn About Jazz History

When learning how to play jazz, what could be more important than knowing where it came from in the first place?  To understand this music, it’s extremely helpful to look back at it’s history and examine it’s evolution.  Saxophonist extraordinaire, Origin recording artist, and professor Brent Jensen walks us through important styles in jazz history that shaped and changed the music.  These short videos, shot at one of his lectures at the College of Southern Idaho, summarize these periods of jazz.  These are excellent for getting a quick understanding of what this music is all about!

Brent Jensen’s Jazz Styles Lectures:

Click on a jazz style below to learn more

1. Early Jazz
2. Swing
3. Bebop
4. Cool Jazz
5. Hard Bop
6. Free Jazz
7. Jazz Fusion

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


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