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saxophone100The saxophone was developed in the 1840s by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian-born instrument-maker, flautist and clarinetist working in Paris. While still working at his father's instrument shop in Brussels, Sax began developing an instrument which had the projection of a brass instrument with the agility of a woodwind.


trumpetJazzwise looks at the best trumpets on the market for playing jazz – from starter level instruments to top pro models we look at the full range of trumpets currently available.



speakersJazzwise reviews some of the best Hi-fi equipment for listening to jazz on.




Jazzwise reviews a wide range of instructional books and DVDs that are all available to order from the Jazzwise Direct website.



accessoriesFrom music stands to gig bags, music software to guitar plectrums Jazzwise looks at a wide range of musical accessories for the performing jazz musician.



Jazz guitar amplifiers and jazz bass amplifiers for the discerning player.




Percussion in jazz is virtually synonymous with the drum set, which is made of a variety of drums and cymbals. In addition to the drum set, it is not unusual to see congas, timbales, tambourines, triangles, or other types of percussion instruments in jazz as well. Please find reviews here for jazz-related percussion products.


drumsJazz drumming is the art of playing percussion (predominantly the drum set, which includes a variety of drums and cymbals) in jazz styles ranging from 1910s-style Dixieland jazz to 1970s-era jazz-rock fusion and 1980s-era latin jazz. The techniques and instrumentation of this type of performance have evolved over several periods, influenced by jazz at large and the individual drummers within it. Stylistically, this aspect of performance was shaped by its starting place, New Orleans as well as numerous other regions of the world, including other parts of the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa.

The function of the bass in a traditional rhythm section is somewhat different than that of a chordal instrument. Like a pianist, a bassist must normally outline the chord changes, but the bass usually emphasizes the roots, thirds, and fifths rather than any extensions or alterations. In traditional jazz forms, the bass player also has a very important role as a timekeeper; as much as a drummer, if not more so. That is why bass players so often play walking bass lines that consist almost exclusively of quarter notes or rhythms that strongly emphasize the beat.

The history of jazz guitar has been an integral part of the wide-ranging history of jazz. The early guitar players were the great blues singers who accompanied themselves on the guitar. By the 1930s, guitarists gained prominence in jazz and some were even featured performers. In the 1960s, guitarists tended to play in small groups, while fusion guitarists combined the sound and energy of rock with jazz-style improvisation.

The piano is a musical instrument which is played by means of a keyboard. Widely used in Classical music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music, and accompaniment, the piano is also very popular as an aid to composing and rehearsal. Although not portable and often expensive, the piano's versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world's most familiar musical instruments.

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