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These timelines are histories of jazz in shorthand. Each listed style is assessed, its influences and its role in the history of jazz discussed, and its leading players featured.
We have also composed lifelines, biographies of some of the major jazz stars, with assessments of the artist’s style or contribution to jazz history. Each lifeline links to lifelines of other artists, perhaps those with whom they were associated, played with, or were influenced by.

Together, these lifelines and timelines form a potted history of jazz, rudimentary and simplified perhaps, but they serve as background information should you require it.

[There is no great scope for sophisticated argument in these timelines, but if you disagree with any comment or seek to correct a point of view or matter of fact, please contact us.]