What kind of Jazz is this?
March 29, 2011 6:09 PM   Subscribe

Can someone help me classify what kind of jazz this is?

I really enjoy the louder, robust, brassy jazz sounds but I have trouble finding it as I'm lacking its... sub-genre?

posted by Slackermagee to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Are you thinking of something more specific than big band jazz?
posted by Paragon at 6:24 PM on March 29, 2011

Hot Jazz.
posted by bonobothegreat at 6:33 PM on March 29, 2011

Searching for "hot jazz" or "swing" should find other stuff like that.
posted by idiopath at 6:34 PM on March 29, 2011

This is a good question.

I would consider this be "jazz" and what comes after it would be the sun-genre.

A good research topic would be "The Cotton Club" in Harlem in the 20's and 30's. Early Ellington, Calloway, etc. Dixieland Jazz is similar though obviously with a southern flavor. I am guessing that jazz was the next step out of ragtime.

I wouldn't consider it "swing" Swing was as much a product of recording technology and sophistication as the orchestrations its
posted by goalyeehah at 7:03 PM on March 29, 2011

I'd say that "swing" would be a good start, but given the date of the recording and the style, it could be between genres. To me it feels a little like Dixieland too.

Alternatively, you could look up Fletcher Henderson since it's his orchestra and arrangements.
posted by ZeusHumms at 7:14 PM on March 29, 2011

'Hot jazz' (or 'New Orleans jazz') is better than 'big band' or 'swing,' I think, for your purposes.

You'd probably dig Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives and Sevens.
posted by box at 7:25 PM on March 29, 2011 [1 favorite]

My local NPR station plays this kind of stuff every Saturday: Hot Jazz Saturday Night. They have old shows available for streaming.
posted by av123 at 7:27 PM on March 29, 2011 [2 favorites]

Looks like your town also has an official society dedicated to this music, with monthly live performances and everything. Hot jazz for the win.
posted by texano at 7:38 PM on March 29, 2011

Another thought: if you're collecting relevant search terms, "trad jazz" or "traditional jazz" seems to be another way to classify this stuff.
posted by texano at 8:18 PM on March 29, 2011 [2 favorites]

I'd say it's Dixieland. (The banjo's kind of a giveaway.)
posted by Sys Rq at 10:18 PM on March 29, 2011

...And to be really specific, it's a stomp (as suggested by the title), as opposed to a rag.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:22 PM on March 29, 2011

posted by Sys Rq at 10:23 PM on March 29, 2011

Definitely Hot Jazz.
posted by bardic at 12:54 AM on March 30, 2011

Hot Jazz works.

This variety of jazz exists within one of the many overlaps in genres. Hot Jazz quite often implies smaller groups (think Armstrong's Hot Fives and Sevens or the Ellington Small Groups). This recording, though, while Hot Jazz, incorporates a big band, which is more a staple of Swing. The time period for the recording also puts it into that transition period toward Swing.

Sometimes jazz within one enormous Venn diagram...the one with a single circle labeled "everything".
posted by Thorzdad at 5:14 AM on March 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks guys, love all the responses. So many avenues that I can see now!
posted by Slackermagee at 8:39 AM on March 30, 2011

Very Dixieland feel, but more arranged than typical Dixieland. If you find similar specific pieces you like, please come back and list them!

Also, the YouTube comments tell me that this piece is Fletcher Henderson, which will be easier to find than the Connie's Inn Orchestra.
posted by coolguymichael at 11:46 AM on March 30, 2011

You can go to Jazz On Line and search for Connie's Inn or Fletcher Henderson to find a bunch more in mp3 form. (You can also search by song for Sugar Foot Stomp to find a number of artists' versions of that particular song.)
posted by fings at 3:53 PM on March 30, 2011

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