Category Archives: Jazz Instruments

How Do Trumpets Work?

How Do Trumpets Work?

The beautiful sounds of your favorite jazz songs almost definitely have a trumpet as they take the melody and deliver sweet tunes, but how do those brass instruments work? We’ve all heard the high-pitch tone of a trumpet, whether it is being played by a fifth grader who has just picked up their first-ever trumpet,

Dancing to Jazz: How Do You Do It?

Dancing to Jazz: How Do You Do It?

Crowds all over jazz festivals seem to have inherent dance steps for jazz. They twirl in the middle of big canvas tents and couple-dancing on a plywood riser to the beautiful melodies of jazz.  Back in the early twentieth century, dancing to jazz would not have raised an eyebrow because it was the music. In 2017, however,

What Do Improvisation and Jazz Have to Do With One Another?

What Do Improvisation and Jazz Have to Do With One Another?

You may not think that something as melodic and harmonious as music has room for improvisation because everything sounds so well-put together, but the truth may surprise you. You sit at a small venue. Small stage, even smaller chairs. The lights dim and the spotlights illuminate the handful of players–each with their own instrument in