How jazz samples can inspire your next track

Throughout the decades, jazz—a melting pot genre birthed out of the red-light district in New Orleans—has been sampled heavily by countless artists from across genres.

Over the years, jazz has rapidly evolved, from the swinging sounds of the big band era to the experimental tunes of bebop and fusion. With such a long and winding history, are jazz samples still relevant today?

Given that we saw 1.2M searches for jazz on Splice Sounds last year (a 9% increase), we’re inclined to say that they’re perhaps more relevant than ever. Above, the musicians behind the Signature sample label share their own insights into the importance of the genre and how they expect to hear its sounds used as we look towards the future.

“As a composer, you can write something incredible, but you need the right people to bring it to life,” composer and producer Marcus Myers tells us as he reflects on the creative process for crafting Signature’s samples. “And on these projects, we had the right personnel who have brought these ideas to life, beyond what we thought they could sound like—so we’re really happy with it.”

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February 24, 2024

Harrison Shimazu

Harrison Shimazu is a composer, content strategist, and writer who’s passionate about democratizing music creation and education. He leads the Splice blog and produces vocaloid music as Namaboku.