The iPad’s capabilities allow it to showcase music, as well as many other topics and events, in a unique way. The combination of text, video, music and more all rolled up into one package provides a wonderful learning experience for users. If you are a jazz lover or someone who enjoys music in general, The History of Jazz – an interactive timeline is an excellent music app to add to your library.
The History of Jazz is an incredible collection of artists, music and historical facts from Ragtime in the 1890s with Scott Joplin to modern day Jazz with musicians like Jason Moran. With a simple touch and swipe of your finger, this app will bring the world of Jazz to life on your iPad. Watch and absorb all it has to offer as you learn the chronological history of Jazz as an art-form, read about legendary musicians, watch video interviews and performances, purchase songs and albums from iTunes and more.
A timeline categorizes Jazz into different genres providing a wealth of information on artists of the time. You’ll see a short biography and videos for each artist, along with in-depth articles for the true music buff. Each artist section also includes lists of Essential Songs and Albums for you to browse. Hear something you like? You can download your selection from iTunes and add it to your own music collection.
Additional app features include:
- AirPlay support for videos allowing you to stream audio directly to your Hi-Fi speakers or your Apple TV
- ScreenSaver Mode that displays photographs of great jazz musicians throughout history
- Interesting facts about the artists
- Introduction to new artists sure to write the next chapter in Jazz History
- More than 45 hours of video content
Follow this interactive timeline and discover how Ragtime evolved into Swing, which eventually became Bebop and then transformed into modern day Jazz. It’s a wonderful historical journey for any music lover. Enjoy!
What I liked: The interface was easy to use and the content was incredible. I enjoyed watching many of the videos and learned a lot about Jazz along the way.
What I didn’t like: Really nothing. This app is a little more expensive than many apps on the market now but it’s packed full of information and definitely more engaging than a coffee table book.
To buy or not to buy: Yes. The History of Jazz is a great addition to the app collection of any music lover.
- App Name: The History of Jazz – an interactive timeline
- Version: 1.0.2
- Category: Music
- Developer: 955 Dreams Inc.
- Price: $9.99