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The Best Jazz Albums of All Time (Essential Listening Guide)

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How To Book Jazz Gigs (step-by-step guide)

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The Most Famous Saxophone Players in Jazz History

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Releasing New Music Without A Publicist?

About Jazzfuel

Jazzfuel was started in 2016 by European booking agent Matt Fripp as a way to share tips and resources with independent jazz musicians. It’s evolved into a team of writers and music industry specialists who aim to produce the best content for both fans and professional players.

Alongside our weekly newsletter, we also work more hands-on to support artists as publicists for new album releases, and through our private Jazzfuel PRO community.

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For Jazz Fans

Jazz music may have existed for only a little over a century, but its history is rich and varied. The ever-growing collection of articles on this site aim to highlight the best musicians, essential jazz albums and hidden stories in the genre. Whether you’re a total newcomer, or lifelong devotee, we hope you’ll find something which catches your ear!

Latest articles

Herbie Hancock Songs

From Miles to MTV – Iconic Herbie Hancock Songs

Perhaps best known by jazz fans for his Blue Note albums and work with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock’s albums over …
Thelonious monk songs

10 Genius Thelonious Monk Songs

Thelonious Sphere Monk is undoubtedly one of the most influential composers in jazz, alongside Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus. Many …
Chet Baker songs

Iconic Chet Baker Songs – The Master Jazz Interpreter

Whilst many of the most famous musicians in jazz are known for …

John Coltrane songs

12 Groundbreaking John Coltrane Songs

John Coltrane is one of the most revered and influential jazz saxophone …

Charlie Parker songs - title image including an alto saxophone and a cymbal flying through the air, in reference to an early experience Parker had at a jam session

10 Charlie Parker Songs Which Showcase A Saxophone Genius

Despite passing away in 1955 before reaching his 35th birthday, alto saxophonist …

Louis Armstrong Songs

Louis Armstrong playing a song

Iconic Charles Mingus Songs

Charles Mingus Songs: Guide To A Jazz Eccentric

One of the most prolific composers in jazz history, bassist Charles Mingus’s …

Guinness World Records jazz

Record-Breaking Jazz: 10 Eye-Catching Guinness World Records

I don’t know about you, but I spent many-a-day as a kid …

Michel Petrucciani

Michel Petrucciani: The Tragically Brief Life of a French Jazz Legend

Pianist Michel Petrucciani was one of the greatest jazz musicians to emerge …

For Jazz Musicians

Working as a jazz musician in 2024 – whether independently or with a team – is not easy! Whilst there are no easy shortcuts to success, we’ve pulled together more than 2 decades of industry experience to share resources, tips and guides on topics such as booking gigs, releasing new music and promoting yourself.

Looking for more support? Check out our services page for more information on how we can work together.

Latest Industry Articles

Steve Lieblich: The Liner Notes Project

If, like me, you enjoy digging into the nuts and bolts of jazz, today’s interview guest has something fascinating to …

Bandcamp News: Preparing For The End of An Era?

News of Bandcamp’s sale to Songtradr and subsequent reduction in workforce has spiked anxiety amongst many musicians that the demise …

The 1.7 Second Gig Booking Hook

From classic literature and historical speeches to podcasts and YouTubers, one maxim …

New York Jazz Musicians (best)

Spotlight: New York Jazz Musicians in 2023

We asked 60 New York jazz musicians for their take on which …

Inside the New York Jazz Scene - 2023 Survey

Inside The New York Jazz Scene: Jazz Musicians Survey

Whilst there are vibrant cities all over the world, there has long …

From Small Talk to Big Gigs: Unconventional Booking Advice

Who’d have thought that talking to a festival director about boats, football, …

Matt Phillips interview

McLaughlin, Magazines & Major Labels – Interview with Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips is a British writer, musician and record executive whose work …

Inner circle (title)

Breaking into the Jazz Promoter Inner Circle

True story: I once sent ONE booking email and ended with a …

DC Jazz festival

DC Jazz Festival: Interview with Sunny Sumter, President & CEO

DC Jazz Festival is a year-round concert presenter and educational organization which, …

Instrument Guides

We’ve enlisted the help of professional musicians and teachers on the most popular jazz instruments to round up everything you need to know about learning, choosing, maintaining or upgrading your playing experience. Choose your category below to get started…

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