Influential Jazz Artists?

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Miles Davis
John Coltrane
Charlie Parker
Coleman Hawkins
Stan Getz
Roland Kirk
Wynton Marsalis
 

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There are alot of great artists mentioned in the thread but in my very biased opinion no artist has done more to impact the history of jazz as Miles Davis did.

Albums like Birth Of The Cool, Kind Of Blue, E.S.P., Filles de Kilimanjaro, ******* Brew, A Tribute To Jack Johnson, On The Corner, were not just influential, the music from those albums changed jazz and totally expanded its boundaries and pushed jazz on to new directions.

For any artist to change music once is a great achievement.

Miles changed music 3 to four times during his career.

I don't think that can be said of any other artist in the history of jazz.
 

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I think it's best if I stick to the ones that had an influence on my own tastes in jazz:

Dave Brubeck (the first jazz artist I listened to)
Thelonious Monk
Herbie Hancock
Charles Mingus
Paul Desmond
John Coltrane
The Duke

And as far as jazz drummers go, I'd put the late great Joe Morello up against Rich and Krupa any day.
 
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I'll probably add to this later...

Allan Holdsworth
Sonny Rollins
Art Blakey
Max Roach
Hiromi Uehara
Coleman Hawkins
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Thelonious Monk
Charlie Parker
Wes Montgomery
 

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Ornette Coleman
Tony Williams
Paul Motian
Pat Metheny
Michael Brecker
Jaco Pastorius
Gary Burton
J J Johnson
Cecil Taylor
Jean Luc Ponty
 

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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

Plenty others
Stan Getz
McCoy Tyner
Joe Pass
Chick Corea
Stanley Clarke
Tony Williams
Miles Davis
Jaco Pastorius
Jean Luc Ponty
L. Shanker
John Coltrane
Charlie Parker
Pat Metheny
John McLaughlin
Allan Holdsworth
Tal Farlow
John Abercrombie
Ron Carter
Thelonius Monk
Jack DeJohnette
 

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I've read many great and really fundamentals jazz artists.
I add Bud Powell, co-founder of Bebop and Stan Kenton, bandleader, composer and arranger.
 

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