If you are new to listening to jazz, you are aware that there are many genres of jazz, as well as distinctive styles depending on the era. In addition, jazz music can feature instruments or voice, large and small ensembles. Some jazz is soothing, while other types of jazz can be raucous and challenging to listen to.
So how can you figure out what types of jazz music you enjoy when there is such a wide range of music to explore within the jazz genre? One of the best ways is to get a Pandora account and to set up different “radio stations” for different genres, then leave it playing in the background when you are doing housework or reading.The full explanation can be found at http://dentonjazz135.com/2012/05/08/tonight-sweetwater-jazz-quartet-sweetwater/
If you are not yet familiar with Pandora, it is an internet music service that costs about $36/year. It allows you to create your own “radio stations” by genre. Setting up a “radio station” is the equivalent of building a playlist based on certain artists or genres. For example, if you are interested in Latin jazz, you can create a Latin jazz station and Pandora will then continuously play a selection of Latin jazz songs, introducing you to all the major artists. Whenever you hear a song that you particularly like, you can give it a “thumbs up”, which tells Pandora to play more songs like it.
Once you have set up your Pandora account, here are some music types to explore:
- Big band jazz
- Bebop jazz
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Miles Davis
- Gene Harris
- Piano jazz
- Guitar jazz
- Smooth jazz
- Latin jazz
There are many more combinations possible. But this list gives you a starting point for exploring the wonderful world of jazz. Enjoy.