Jazz 100: The Influence of Jazz


Stylistically and culturally, jazz music has had an enormous impact on American music, influencing many of the most beloved musical minds of our time. In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording, Pepper has taken the time to ask many of the musicians we’ve interviewed about how jazz has influenced their lives. No matter what their preferred style, they all had something to say about the importance of jazz.

This short video shows just how important it is for young musicians to learn to appreciate jazz. Pepper is proud to partner with the Jazz Education Network – tireless advocates for bringing jazz to young learners – to promote the teaching of this quintessential American art form. Next month, JEN will be having its 2017 Conference in New Orleans, a fitting place to celebrate the 100th anniversary of recorded jazz. Working together, we can encourage every music teacher to recognize the importance of jazz in music education.

To hear more of our Inside Voice interviews, take a look at these videos from Sharon Burch, Brian Balmages, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, and Julia Kamanda. And stay tuned for our in-depth video interviews from Eric Whitacre, Andy Beck, Rollo Dilworth and Greg Gilpin coming soon. Subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss a thing!




Brendan Lyons
Brendan started at Pepper in 2012 and currently works in the Marketing department as a copywriter. A graduate of Villanova University, Brendan has been a musician for over twenty years. He is also an author, using his talents at Pepper to bring the knowledge of our experienced staff to our customers.

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