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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

Iconic Lost Sessions In Jazz

Lost – or simply ‘put away and forgotten’ – there have been a wealth of jazz albums unearthed in recent …

The San Quentin Prison Jazz Band

Perhaps one of the most underrated alto saxophonists in jazz history, Frank Morgan was best known not for a specific …

Brothers in Jazz – It’s a Family Affair

It’s often fascinating to discover how the greatest jazz musicians of all …

jazz puns (best album titles)

Jazz Puns – Countdown To The Best Album Titles

I was about to start by writing “I like jazz puns as …

jazz posters

Iconic Jazz Posters – A Collectors Guide

From 14 year-old budding jazz musician to 30-something father-of-two, one thing has …

Lester Young and his Pork Pie Hat

The Pork Pie Hat That Defined 1930s Jazz

There aren’t many opportunities to compare a 1930s jazz musician with Madonna, …

Meher Baba - Don't Worry Be Happy

Meher Baba: The Indian Mystic Who Inspired a Jazz Smash Hit

Meher Baba story about the inspiration for the song Don’t Worry Be Happy

Jazz waltz

10 Really Good Jazz Waltz Songs (Ranked)

Since the beginnings of jazz, rhythm – and how great musicians play …

10 Best Art Pepper Songs of All Time

At first glance, the story of Art Pepper, who passed away at …

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

Gig Pitching in the Sunshine

If, like most jazz musicians, ‘gigging and touring more’ is near the top of your wishlist, this article looks at …

Lead Magnets for Music Teachers: 101

In this short guide, we’re going to look at how offering a simple free resource – aka a “lead magnet” …

First you imitate, then you innovate..

Alongside all the great music, Miles Davis also gave us a fair …

FAQ: Should You Include Side-Musicians in Your Gig Pitching Emails?

Assuming you’re reaching out to a promoter who you are not yet …

Interview with Jarek Kowal of Jazz Jantar Festival

One of the longest-running and famous European jazz festivals, Jazz Jantar in …

9 Reasons Club & Festival Promoters Ignore Your Emails

As I’ve already mentioned when I wrote about things I wish I’d …

Steve Lieblich: The Liner Notes Project

If, like me, you enjoy digging into the nuts and bolts of …

Bandcamp News: Preparing For The End of An Era?

News of Bandcamp’s sale to Songtradr and subsequent reduction in workforce has …

The 1.7 Second Gig Booking Hook

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

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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