Influential Jazz Artists?

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James Rivers Movement << Back to Jazz
James Rivers Movement is a mixture of Rock, progressive Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and Gospel; the sort of music that implies something for everybody when it's played. Rivers, one of only three Jazz musicians ever known to play the bagpipes, would probably call himself a saxophonist, but his forte is really an amazing musical dexterity that has helped him master a dozen other instruments.



 

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My Dad always used to play Dave Brubeck. He was recently honored at the Kennedy Center Awards and some of his stuff isn't bad. Not a jazz fan myself, but from what the show played of his stuff, maybe the old man had something there.

 

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I am a modest jazz fan myself, but I prefer the jazz rock fusion sound to pure jazz, and I am not a fan of **** singing, so no Ella Fitzgerald in my house...:grinthumb
 

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I`m with you on that I can`t get my head around **** but I don`t seem to mind the bits that Alvin Lee Chomps out.
Louis Armstrong and Dave Brubeck are two that get my jazzy side bopping, Django Reindhart too.
 

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for guitar I would say these three for the early years

Django Reinhardt
Charlie Christian
Wes Montgomery

Piano
Oscar Peterson

drums
Max Roach
Buddy Rich

trumpet
Dizzy Gilespie
 

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Miles Davis
Oscar Peterson
Dizzy Gilespie
Charles Mingus
Buddy Carter
Dave Brubeck
Vince Guaraldi
 

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Here are some more, some of them from as early as the 20's

Sidney Bechet
King Oliver
Benny Goodman (also Big Band)
Eddie Condon
Bill Davison
Johnny Dodds
Jelly Roll Morton
Tommy Dorsey (also Big Band)
Artie Shaw
Glenn Milller (also Big Band)
Lionel Hampton
Fletcher Henderson
Woody Herman
Earl Hines
Art Hodes
Al Jolson
Gene Krupa
Jess Stacy
Lawson Haggart
Ted Lewis
Turk Murphy
Phil Napoleon
Red Nichols
Jimmy Noone
Kid Ory
Ben Pollack
Bob Scobey
Jack Teagarden
Lu Watters
Johnny Wiggs
 

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Louis Armstrong
King Oliver
Duke Ellington
Charlie Parker
Charles Mingus
Miles Davis
John Coltrane
Cecil Taylor
Thelonious Monk
 

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A lot of my favorites have been mentioned already...I'm a huge fan of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Clifford Brown, Stan Getz....the list goes on and on!

I think that Louis Armstrong is probably the most influential jazz artist ever...as Miles Davis once said, the history of jazz can be summed up in four words, "Louis Armstong, Charlie Parker".

There are some jazz guitarists that I really like which no one has mentioned yet:

Grant Green
Kenny Burrell
Joe Pass
Lenny Breau
Herb Ellis
Barney Kessel
Charlie Byrd
Sonny Sharrock
 

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