LJS 91: Understanding African Music and the Origins of Jazz (feat. Joe Agu)

Welcome to episode 91 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking with Afro percussion maker and musicologist Joe Agu all about African music and the origins of jazz. Jazz is African American music, but it didn't just start in New Orleans. It's roots go way back into African music and culture. It's important to understand where this music comes from. Listen in!

LJS 66: 5 Most Important Jazz Musicians You Need to Listen To

Welcome to episode 66 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 5 of the most important jazz musicians that you need to listen to. There are many important jazz musicians to talk about, but these five hadĀ an innovative impact on jazz and how it hasĀ evolved. If you want to be an educated jazz musician you need to check these musicians out. Listen in!

LJS 39: A Jazz Master You’ve Probably Never Heard of Before

Welcome to episode 39 of the LJS Podcast where today we sit down to talk to a jazz master you've probably never heard of before. Meet Don Hahn, a trumpeter, and flugelhornist who has played with the likes of Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, and many others. Don talks about his life and the way he thinks about music. Listen in!

LJS 33: How Charlie Parker and John Coltrane Became Great

Welcome to episode 33 of the LJS Podcast where today we are taking a look at two jazz icons, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, and asking the question: What made them great. Was it talent? Was it a lot of practicing? Or is there something more to it? Listen in.

LJS 24: Why Jazz is Unpopular and What We Can Do About It

Welcome to episode 24 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about why jazz is unpopular and what we can do about it. According to Nielsen's 2014 Year End Report, jazz is one of the most unpopular genres of music in the United States. In this episode we take a closer look at these details, try to figure out why, ask some questions, and reflect on what we can do about it. Listen in!

LJS 17: 8 Jazz Records You Need To Listen To

Welcome to episode 17 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about 8 jazz records you need to listen to. Our host of the LJS Podcast, Brent Vaartstra, talks about his favorite jazz albums that have stood the test of time, and invites you to chime in with yours. Listen in!

LJS 06: Why Jazz Is Important to Society

Welcome to episode 6 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about Why Jazz Is Important to Society. If you never listen to another one of our podcast episodes again, at least listen to this one! Brent discusses the importance of music and jazz in society and why it needs to be valued. Listen in!

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