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Nu Jazz

Learn Nu Jazz Music Producing with the Recording Connection

While the term “nu jazz” didn’t emerge until the 1990s, the style of music behind it has been evolving as a subgenre of electronic music for over four decades, with its roots in the electronic-infused experiments of Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. Although nu jazz is loosely defined as jazz music blended with other musical elements like funk, soul and electro-dance, it’s most commonly known for its electronic music influences, which is why this style is also referred to as electro-jazz, jazztronica, jazz house and a number of other nicknames.

Just as jazz itself explores a wide range of sounds and styles, its electronic cousin is known more for its experimental elements and constant evolution rather than a specific sound. Nu jazz can draw from hypnotic house rhythms, ambient soundscapes, and of course, tons of pure improvisation to arrive at its sound. While the use of synths and drum loops are common to this style, you’ll also hear plenty of acoustic instruments and/or samples in the mix.

The Recording Connection Audio Institute is a one-of-a-kind apprenticeship (externship) program that puts you in a real recording studio with a professional nu jazz artist, producer or engineer. Through one-on-one training and hands-on experience, you’ll learn how to harness the power of Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, Reason, Cubase and other software programs to explore your own niche in the vast landscape of nu jazz.

If you’re serious about developing yourself as an electronic music producer, in nu jazz or other electro styles, it’s critical to immerse yourself in the studio and virtual environments, to learn the secrets of manipulating sounds and rhythms. The best way to learn these techniques is to be mentored by a working nu jazz professional. The Recording Connection is currently accepting applications for apprenticeship (externship) placements with nu jazz producers in your area. Apply now to learn more.

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House - Steve Aoki
Jungle - Goldie
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Break Beat / Acid House - DJ Pierre
Synth Pop - Ratatat
Industrial - Skinny Puppy
Hardcore - Manu le Malin
Dub / Dub Fusion - Mad Professor
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