What is Chamber Jazz?
What does it sound like and where can I find Chamber Jazz?
What Is Chamber Jazz?
Chamber music is written for, and performed by, small classical or jazz ensembles. and typically features improvised solos. Many of these groups play a style that is a fusion of both jazz and classical elements. Some groups include string instruments.
What does Chamber Jazz Sound Like? (Music video below)
In my experience the sound of chamber jazz is sometimes classical sometimes jazzy and sometimes a fusion go both styles. The music varies greatly from album to album as different composers and musicians express their creativity. The sounds are sometimes familiar and sometimes avant gardé and experimental.
The music program that we will perform at Jazz In The Chamber, includes a number of original tunes with a familiar jazz feel and some that are cinematic and expressive.
Is Chamber Jazz Is Hard To Find?
A bit of searching and listening is required to find some chamber jazz. Much of the new jazz music being written and recorded sounds like chamber jazz but is not necessarily called that on the album. I’ll share some of my music discoveries with you in this and coming newsletters.
Here’s some interesting chamber jazz found on You Tube:
Jazz In Moving Pictures Vol. 2. Billy Childs Ensemble
Childs was playing professionally as a teenager, and he made his recording debut in 1977 with the J. J. Johnson Quintet He gained significant attention during 1978–84) playing with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s group. While influenced early on in his playing by Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, and Chick Corea and in his composing by Paul Hindemith, Maurice Ravel, and Igor Stravinsky, Childs nevertheless had an original conception of his own from near the start, developing his own voice as both a pianist and a composer in jazz and classical music genres. Read more at Wikipedia.
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