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Focusing primarily on the first thirty years of jazz, this site offers a nice introduction to the development of the idiom, along with information about the various musicians and composers who contributed to this truly American art form. This site was developed as a labor of love by Tom Morgan, a radio producer and host of a well-regarded jazz show in New Orleans. Visitors unacquainted with the history of jazz may do well to read over the overview essay, which contains hyperlinks to various seminal performers and composers during the genre's early period. The Early Jazz Musicians section is a compendium of Web sites that discuss hundreds of performers, ranging from Henry (Red) Allen to Fats Waller. The pictures section of the site contains a number of scanned sheet music covers, along with a short piece about the importance of the work, and its context within the development of jazz. Finally, the Fun Facts section allows visitors to find out where early jazz musicians were born and read some musings on the origins of the word jazz. [KMG]
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