Who are the most famous jazz artists of all time?

most famous jazz artists

Jazz is a music genre developed in the earlier part of the 20th century in New Orleans. This music had originated from a mixture of African-American folk musical traditions that reflect their unique cultural environment.  Jazz gradually emerged from a blend of ragtime, marches, blues, and other music. It has a forceful … Read more

The History of Funk

Image of James Brown performing in February 1973

Funk is a music genre that is well-known for its groove and stimulating vibe – which is common in dance music. Originated in African-American communities in the mid-1960s, this music genre is usually accompanied by a drummer and an electric bassist. One way to determine funk music is you would have that … Read more

History of Big Band Music

big band playing on a show

A Big Band is a kind of musical ensemble of jazz music. They usually have ten or more musicians, and it is divided into four sections, namely the trombones, saxophones, trumpets, and the rhythm section. Big bands started to emerge in early 1090, and it began dominating the jazz scene in the … Read more

Artist Profile: Chicago

Formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1967. Chicago was a rock band that was originally named Chicago Transit Authority. They began performing jazz fusion music with politically charged lyrics but later changed to a softer sound and produced several hit ballads. During the ‘70s and the ‘80s, Chicago enjoyed great success and was … Read more

Artist Profile: Toto

Formed in 1977 in Los Angeles, California, Toto is a rock band that is currently composed of David Paich on keyboards and vocals, Steve Lukather on guitars and vocals, Joseph Williams on lead vocals, and Steve Porcaro on keyboards. Aside from being a rock band, Toto is also known for their different … Read more

History of Jazz Music

jazz musician playing trumpet

In the early twentieth century, Jazz was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Considering that New Orleans had several different nationalities traveling through their port for several reasons, there were a lot of musical influences that graced the land of New Orleans such as French military band music, Spanish folk music, European ballroom … Read more

The Police – An Iconic Rock Band

The Police

The Police was a British rock band from London that was formed in 1977. They played a style of rock influenced by reggae, punk, and jazz. The band consisted of Sting as the lead vocals, bass guitar, and primary songwriter, Andy Summers on guitar, and Steward Copeland on drums and percussion. The … Read more

Biography of Jimmy Dorsey

Jimmy Dorsey

Introduction: Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was one of the highly-regarded musicians and big-band leaders during his time, from the 30s up to the 50s music era. Dorsey was proficient in playing the trumpet, clarinet and saxophone. He recorded several pop and jazz standards that have become oldies … Read more

Biography of Tommy Dorsey

Tommy Dorsey

Introduction: Tommy Dorsey was an American musician and bandleader and one of the prominent figures of the Big Band and Swing era. A jazz trombonist, trumpeter and composer, he was a younger brother of another famed Swing musician and bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. The brothers came even to a point of competing each … Read more

One-Hit Wonders: Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin

  Introduction Bobby McFerrin is an American singer known for his late 80s music era hit, the very catchy “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” which became a Grammy Award winner. Although more known as a one-hit wonder, McFerrin is one of the original and distinctive singers in his time, is adept at several … Read more

Al Caiola and His Orchestra

Al Caiola and His Orchestra

Introduction Al Caiola and His Orchestra are known for their two successful instrumental tunes “The Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza,” both released during the early 60s music era. In that same year, it was established in by Al Caiola, who was a guitarist, studio musician, stage performer, a conductor and arranger on the … Read more

Brick and Their Disco Hit “Dazz”

Brick

Introduction Consisting of Jimmy Brown, Regi Hargis Hickman, Ray Ransom and Eddie Irons, Brick is an American funk/R&B, disco group known for their hit “Dazz” during the mid-70s music era. Formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 1972, the group created the term “dazz” for the members were came from two different bands with … Read more

The Four Freshmen

The Four Freshmen

Introduction for The Four Freshmen The Four Freshmen are an American jazz vocal group which have had a long and fruitful career in the music industry, and they still perform up to this day although with all newer members – for the last original Freshmen Bob Flanigan had retired in 1993. Particularly … Read more

The Story and Music of Stan “The Sound” Getz

The Story and Music of Stan "The Sound" Getz

Introduction to Stan Getz Dubbed as “The Sound” for his light and warm sound, Stan Getz (1927-1991) was an American jazz saxophone player. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in New York City. He got his first saxophone when he was 13; Lester Young was a major influence who … Read more

James Brown and His Backing Group The JB’s

The JB’s

Introduction to The JB’s The JB’s (also billed under the names The J.B.s, The James Brown Soul Train, Maceo and the Macks, The First Family, A.A.B.B., Fred Wesley and The J.B.’s, The JB Horns and the Last Word), were a supporting band of musicians formed and led by legendary funk/soul singer James … Read more

The Story and Music of Jazz Trumpeter Sil Austin

Sil Austin

Introduction Sil Austin is the late American saxophonist, born in 1929. Although his top preference would always be jazz, Austin recorded in other different genres such as R&B, pop, blues, jump blues, and even country, funk and disco. A self-taught musician, Austin first spent his professional years by playing for groups of … Read more

Introduction to Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones

Introduction: Rickie Lee Jones is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer who covered many genres such as R&B, pop, soul and jazz. Once a mainstream star, she has become a cult favorite as years pass. She is best known for the now-oldies classic song “Chuck E.’s In Love.” Born in Chicago but … Read more

Cannonball Adderley – a Jazz Saxophone Legend

Cannonball Adderley

Introduction to Cannonball Adderley Cannonball Adderley was born Julian Edwin Adderley on September 15, 1928 in Tampa, Florida.  He died of a stroke on August 8, 1975 and was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame that same year. He played the alto saxophone and was the leader of his … Read more

Bent Fabric and His Piano

Bent Fabric and His Piano

Introduction to Bent Fabric and His Piano Bent Fabric (born Bent Fabricius-Bjerre in 1924 in Denmark) is a Danish pianist and composer who has been fondly remembered for his international hit “Alley Cat” during the 60s music era. He formed his own band after the Second World War, in his native Denmark. … Read more

Sammy Kaye and His “Sweet” Big Band Music

Sammy Kaye

Introduction to Sammy Kaye Sammy Kaye was a bandleader and songwriter who, during the Big Band era, was the chief figure of the “Sweet” bands whose numbers were not that danceable compared to the true “swing” but instead consisted of sentimental, light pop tunes.  Born in Ohio in 1910, his reputation as … Read more

The Life and Musical Works of Richard Hayman

The Life and Musical Works of Richard Hayman

Introduction to Richard Hayman Richard Hayman (born on March 27, 1920) was an American conductor and arranger, having worked with several orchestras and film studios (most known works was for the MGM studios). As a harmonica player, Hayman also joined the Borrah Minnevitch Harmonica Rascals in his early career. Hayman too served … Read more

Ray Bryant and His Prolific Music Career

Ray Bryant

Introduction to Ray Bryant Ray Bryant (born December 24, 1931 – died June 2, 2011) was American jazz pianist and composer who led such groups as the Ray Bryant Combo (also called Ray Bryant and his Combo) and the Ray Bryant Trio. The Pennsylvania-born Bryant was primarily a jazz musician; he could … Read more

Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists

Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid

Introduction to Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists Paul Humphrey (born Paul Nelson Humphrey on October 12, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan), is an American drummer who has received little recognition especially around the R&B and jazz circles. He and his band the Cool Aid Chemists had scored minor hits, “Cool Aid” … Read more

Ray Barretto – Puerto Rico’s Musical Pride

Ray Barretto

Introduction to Ray Baretto Ray Barretto (born April 29, 1929, died February 17, 2006) was born in Brooklyn, New York to Puerto Rican parents.  From an early age Ray loved Latin music.  Before becoming a prominent Latin band leader he started as a conga playing studio session musician.  He joined the army … Read more

Manu Dibango and His Worldwide Hit “Soul Makossa”

Manu Dibango

  Introduction to Manu Dibango Manu Dibango is a jazz saxophonist and vibraphonist hailing from Africa’s French Cameroon.  An only offspring of members from Cameroon’s Duala and Yabassi ethnic groups, Dibango learned and enjoyed music as a child while he was attending a Protestant church.  He became a member of an influential … Read more

The Story and Music of Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

Kenny Ball

Introduction to Kenny Ball Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen were most popular trad jazz band in the early 60s music scene.  Led by trumpet playing Kenny Ball (born Kenneth Daniel Ball on March 22, 1930) the band had several hits in the UK and one huge international hit “Midnight in Moscow” which … Read more

The Venerable Singer Gloria Lynne

Gloria Lynne

Introduction to Gloria Lynne Gloria Wilson, known by the stage name of Gloria Lynne, was an American jazz singer from the 60s music era who was best known for her Top 40 hit “I Wish You Love.” Her mother was a gospel singer and Wilson herself became a member of a Methodist … Read more

The Music of Etta Jones

Etta Jones

Introduction to Etta Jones Etta Jones (not to be confused with the legendary singer Etta James) was an  American 60s music-era jazz chanteuse best known for her work for the Prestige label and with saxophonist/manager Houston Person.  North Carolina-born but New York-raised, Jones toured with Buddy Johnson when she was 16.  She … Read more

Introduction to Ernie Freeman

Ernie Freeman

Career Summary Ernie Freeman (born Ernest Aaron Freeman in 1922 – died in 1981) was a 1950s music-era African-American pianist, organist, bandleader and a particularly successful arranger. He had a prolific behind-the-scenes work as he did a lot of session work in the 1950s for a variety of acts and labels. He … Read more

The Music of Ernie Fields

Ernie Fields

Introduction to Ernie Fields Ernie Fields (born Ernest Lawrence Fields in 1904 – died in 1997) was an African-American bandleader. Born in Oklahoma, Fields began his career as a pianist and eventually played the trombone which became his main instrument after graduating from the Tuskegee Institute, then moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. He … Read more