Starting in the African-American communities of New Orleans in the late 19th Century, Jazz is a genre characterised by polyphonic rhythms, complex chord arrangements, intense musicianship, and free-form improvisation.
From traditional New Orleans, ‘Big Band’, and ragtime, ‘Golden Age’ musicians like Papa Jack Laine, Bessie Smith, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis, through Swing, Bebop, and Dixieland, to modern players like Peter Boltzmann, Weather Report, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Al Jarreau, to Acid Jazz, Nu Jazz, Pat Metheny, and cross-over artists like Harry Connick Jr and Jamie Culham, Jazz as a genre is characterised by advanced polyrhythms, virtuosity, ambitious chord voicings, improv, and groove.
Jazz artists may not be under the spotlight as artists from other genres, but contemporary artists who grace the Billboard album charts such as Kenny G, Vince Guaraldi Trio and Robert Glasper prove that there will always be room for jazz in the charts.
About A&R Factory
A&R Factory has been advocating for jazz revivalists, purists and pioneers since our inception in 2012. Our blog has become one of the most respected A&R websites in the UK and internationally. Featuring with us not only means that you’ll be promoted to our international readership, but to big-name industry professionals too.
If you want your name to appear in the list of luminary jazz artists worth watching alongside Johanna Burnheart as she takes her violin to experimental new places, Puma Blue who has been adding crooning catharsis to London’s Jazz scene or ARTEMIS as they talk the globe by storm, wherever you are in your career, we want to hear from you.
Recently, we’ve put spotlights on Harry Baker’s lockdown-born single, ‘Talk to Me’, which was orchestrated while he was unable to grace stages along with the likes of Jamiroquai and Yolanda Charles.
We have also featured Martin Mayer with his latest album, ‘Unbreakable’, which was listed as one of the top 25 New Music Critiques of 2018 by Music Connection Magazine. Canada’s National Post predicts that Mayer is “Poised to take over the world stage”.
What We Are Looking For
Naturally, we’re looking for the next big name in jazz. From jazz fusion artists going solo to collectives bringing back the big-band swing, whichever era your music evokes aural nostalgia of, we want to hear from you.