QUOTE(clarijo @ Oct 6 2009, 10:59 PM)
Also, if anyone wants to suggest any reading for me (something which covers how Jazz evolved and the different styles etc) then I'd be grateful for suggestions there too.
For an insight into the lives of the early jazz musicians, there's a book called Jazz : A History of America's Music
by Geoffrey C Ward and Ken Burns. The book has almost 500 pages of text and hundreds of images of mainly black America from the early years of the 20th century when jazz was born, up to the 1960s and the present day. If you're interested in the history of jazz and the context in which jazz grew, I can recommend this book - there's more about it at this link
(ignore the ?30 price tag, it's available at a third of that price on Amazon etc).