To hear jazz don’t think of anything else. Go to SPOTIFY
Download it. Totally brilliant site.
For other jazz lnks This site is very good indeed for its 900 or so jazz links. Good all round vehicle for musicians. This site promotes bands, promotes cds Articles, profiles, interviews, jazz history there is very rich content in this big site.
Find a gig One site will not give you the whole lot – have a quick search through main ones for the area and the night you want. These recommended sites have all been evaluated.
For Jazz clubs. Best is Brilliant site for world-wide clubs, search in the area you want for regular jazz sites, or festivals around the world. It is one man’s effort, but it is very good. There are good listings of 40 top clubs around the country w About 100 uk gigs are listed at any one time in the following site. You can also find bands, venues and so. A fair general purpose information site is www.webjazzguide.com for gigs in Hampshire/Dorset
Jazz clubs and gigs around London gives you up to date jazz listings in London and the South. Jazz Café always has jazz of all kinds with 2nd bands into the early morning sometimes. Ronnie Scotts the most famous, long standing British club - Soho area Membership £60 then at door £6 weekdays £10 weekends. (£15 and £25 non members with concessions for musicians) West London area look up Chiswick Chelsea area www.606club.co.uk
Book a jazz band, go to a Jazz Festival Best is Jazz Services Ltd: This is the most comprehensive UK database of current jazz contacts; over 7,000 contacts, including musicians, bands, promoters, venues, education contacts, media contacts, marketing contacts, etc. Their subsidiary, Jazz Newspapers, publishes the largest circulation jazz magazine in the UK, Jazz UK. Their Web site not only provides comprehensive information on jazz, but also has links to over 1,700 jazz sites internationally. Jazz Services ltd is funded by the Arts Council Buy their book Jazz bands at £5.80 or their book Jazz musicians at £7.50
Absolute Musicians offers a big range of UK Jazz bands ranging in styles from 1920's jazz, swing, blues and big bands, to salsa, and latin jazz. www.absolutemusicians.com This booking agency site is excellent, showing 16 top artists just what it says about 20 goups or individuals are listed
A USA site is best for finding jazz festivals everywhere around the world.
Read a jazz magazine Online free is Jazz UK. Go to www.allaboutjazz.com is a US Jazz magazine and a resource, with a browsable directory of artists' profiles, photos, gigs, festivals, news, reviews, and interviews. A good US magazine is at www.jazzonline.com and another is at www.jazztimes.com At www.jazzimprov.com the site is designed to help everyone learn about and improve their jazz playing. Really serious mission statement this. 4 issues a year, big magazine for $89 subscription. Good stuff. Britain’s best hard copy www.thejazzrag.com
Evaluate and buy jazz cds I still like www.amazon.co.uk best The site for contemporary jazz musicians where mucisians can sell their own cds is at This site is very good for buying CDs and for its 900 or so jazz links, neatly arranged. If you want to buy someone a present relating to jazz then goto www.ejazzlines.com which is a one-stop jazz music website featuring jazz CDs, videos, books, sheet music, posters, play-alongs, and big band arrangements. It is a very comprehensive source. A much better free download site, free of the pop ups and less hype about it is Limewire. or go to Download.com and download their installation software. You may need a bit of Java as well, but the site will get it for you. (Sun Microsystems will, as well, if you hit difficulty). This is a good site with a good jazz station on It is well worth looking at, if listening to music online is your kick. Did you know that you can download free music from Amazon? No, neither did I until I tried.
Jazz history The National Jazz Archive, a unique charity, top class service, I’ve used it get my uncle’s 1920’s band information Contact David Nathan, www.nationaljazzarchive.org
Downloading music scripts Real books; $53 for a jazz disk of 1,000 standards.
Real books, 500 songs free download www.phillipsmusic.net/realbook.htm Downloading music scripts(up to £2.50 a song) 8,000 songs various sites
Jazz materials and tutors; for all Jamey Abersold jazz products – big list of music, backing, tutorials, arrangements sold direct from the site.
Europe’s biggest and best source of materials for jazz musicians is British. Jazzwise. Summer schools, orchestrations, tutors – speak to them or order on line. This is how Jamey Abersold describes them “Shop for 1000's of jazz products. Europe's premier store for jazz printed music. Tutors, play alongs, videos, cd-rom, combo charts, and more!” www.jazzwise.com
Music Software Band in a Box
This is the best backing software for non professionals – professionals use it a lot, too. I typed in the chords for Blue Monk, connected the midi file, recorded the song to Band in a Box, bit of correction, printed it for C/Bb/Eb and saved it for the future – all in the ten minutes it took for the Jazz Smugglers folks to arrive for the workshop. www.sibelius.com For music notation, this software is top of the market. At £595 it should be. They offer music scores of all kinds, and a software product where you scan in your manuscript, then connect up and convert it to a midi file. This way you can correct it, change it, do what you like with it. Cheaper, but still close to £200. I’ll stick with Band in a Box. I can even understand it if I take three migraine tablets.
Cubase System 4 For a complete do it yourself studio, sample sounds, everything you need for recording your group to computer then this complete programme does it. Just be prepared for some difficult times in getting your head around it. Not for me, I want a life.
For Jazz Professionals. Get yourself listed as a player on these sites. The big central jazz site which must not be missed by any pro or semi pro. This site is here to help you, publicly funded and will list you, your group, your gigs, your speciality in jazz teaching. Go for it. Jazz Services may be funded by the arts Council but are fiercely independent. They used to publish the big jazz directory now they put the information on line free of charge. The site includes 140 jazz services to help marketing including booking agencies 180 record labels - didn't know there were so many did you? 20 studios websites They publish Jazz Uk 40,000 -the country’s biggest circulation magazine -you can download it free from the site It has interviews, profiles and news, CD and live reviews. JazzUK’s comprehensive national gig guide is also available at the site Also they sell three different books. UK Jazz bands, £5.80, UK jazz promoters £8.60 and UK Musicians at £7.50 Get yourself listed and buy the promoters book.
If you want to find out about a jazz player go to this very good site for biogs of over 200 jazz musicians including, a lot of British players, - who knows you may be mentioned? The site now gets between 6,000 and 19,000 hits each day. The Jazz Professional website is produced and presented by Ron Simmonds, a career trumpet player who has played everywhere. It is a labour of love this site, no commercial interest. Like Jazz Enthusiasts neither of us try to sell you anything.
For your wedding gigs and functions you can get a free listing or keep them as an agent, excellent site This site is also good for wedding gigs and high value functions www.weddingservices4u.co.uk
Absolute Musicians offers a big range of UK Jazz bands ranging in styles from 1920's jazz, swing, blues and big bands, to salsa, and latin jazz. www.absolutemusicians.com
this booking agency site is excellent, showing 16 top artists
just what it says about 20 goups or individuals are listed
Absolute must for your artists profiles, listing, festivals
Band listings, gigs. This is an East England site and a good page as a reference if you want to put your band site on the internet. You could do the same thing in your region.
List of musicians web site. We get lots of hits from them.
very good all round USA site, might list you. We get many hits from here too.
If you want to see how a jazz band should promote itself on the web properly look at this brilliant band site. They are going solidly for the money. I'd hire them (except they play Traditional, still you can't have everything) www.jazzband.clara.net
To find a record company Go to jazz services site >labels> and there is one long long list of them. Quickly search them, 30 boring minutes, kick out the one man bands (ugh! sorry) and you might find three or four. You can do the same thing with promoters, media contacts, retailers who may sell your cd.
A site which lists all the downloading sites, streaming music sites, band sites, music promotion sites is There are plenty of them. Just spend and hour and go for it. Put tracks from your cd on this site and sell them direct yourself. Good site for professionals. www.peoplesound.com Good us site for selling your independent label jazz cds, You might also try This is a USA distributor. In this artists site you can download a track before you buy. But they also run competitions, such as a Vocal Jazz Competition. You can listen on line to the entries and vote in addition to professional jazz judges. For musicians in trouble There is a musicians benevolent fund for those in need.
Learning to play jazz
The International Association for Jazz Education, founded in 1968 is the big one in jazz education world-wide. Brilliant site, very good bulletin boards, good journal. Active memberships above 8,000 teachers, musicians, students, music industry representatives, and enthusiasts in 35 countries. Go and join.
For a good list of jazz workshops around the country go to www.jazzservices.org.uk Go to jazz services for jazz tutors –a few are listed there by region. For a really good list of top jazz tutors in the South with telephone numbers go to the Jazz in West Sussex section of this site. For the Royal Academy of Music www.ram.ac.uk Leeds College of Music for Jazz studies You can download a $50 jazz piano course online from www.musiclanguage.com At these folks look as if they have jazz education properly organized. Scottish based, they run weekend and longer courses at Edinburgh, Worcester, Cambridge and Glasgow. Sensibly priced, too.
Jazz grade examinations Piano, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone www.abrsm.org
Free jazz theory online
US Pianist Marc Sabatella wrote this free jazz material.
Discussion of many jazz songs go to and download the archive This site contains some of the best theoretical notes on jazz to be found anywhere on the web. For very good jazz theory material, plus Real books and Sheet music, a US site www.apassion4jazz.net has masses of free theoretical material, probably more than anyone else. The site is good and comprehensive. Look at their theory pages and teach yourself tools. A jazz theory cd is available on an Australian site, this consists of 20 lessons
For jazz piano a very good site is www.learnjazzpiano.com This is a wonderful site for jazz pianists. It contains a lot of playing tips, jazz theory including scripts, and a really good discussion group for all jazz enthusiasts. Nexit is a quirky site with funny stories (see his Tips) from the Nick Weldon trio www.jazzpiano.co.uk Good articles for jazz beginners generally and for guitar players go to www.wholenote.com Also for guitar players, it’s a specialised portal really, with links to everything you need. Tips for recording, microphones explained, etc. Good stuff, forums, chat, download riffs. Learning music and jazz online try this big site. www.musicianuniversity.com Site for jazz flute players www.jazz-flute.com
www.jazzbacks.com is a new British site for downloadable jazz backing tracks for instrumentalists and vocalists. Use them to practise or perform at gigs. Good idea, this. lyrics of standards for singers This site gives you all the different jazz web rings. You can find your own interest in jazz covered from these jazz all grouped together.
To find a qualified music teacher, but not necessarily of jazz www.jazzpianoteachersassociation.org.uk
www.musicteachers.co.uk For lessons
You can find the contact details of the top specialist Jazz teachers in the South in our West Sussex section above. Or try the Jazz Services site for their listings www.jazzservices.org.uk
Otherwise it is best to talk to jazz musicians in your area for the good ones. It might be a good idea to contact the Jazz Grade examinations Board and ask them for any guidance. They have jazz examiners around the country. www.abrsm.org Tel 0207636 5400
To find a jazz newsgroup on line
Next is the best jazz newsgroup on the Web. I placed a jazz help request which was answered within an hour.
www.lights.com This site provides a web log for what is new in music on the web, and archive files. They picked up our site and listed it. You can find the jazz sites listed in the last two years. So did this link to an open directory A good forum is to be found on www.abersold.com
Jazz in West Sussex A good informative site, and a very good club. Go to the West Sussex section for a full guide. Barry Boyce on 01243 781466.
Jazz Smugglers. You can join our weekly Jazz Workshop in Bosham on a Sunday as a player
Two good sites from Chris Walker, who runs Jazz on BBC Radio Solent on a Sunday
www.jazzdates.co.uk Really good web site for everyone to the West of us with comprehensive list of dates and venues in Hampshire, and Dorset and Isle Of Wight, Bands get your local gigs listed here.
This is a fine example of what you need in a band site. Simple, and direct. They bring visitors to the site by quoting a big list of gigs around their area. The gigs list would be a beast to maintain but you need useful content if people are to bookmark your site.
Here is a new site, for jazz musicians. A music collaboration project on-line. www.jamspot.nl