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15 Most Influential Jazz Artists

15 Most Influential Jazz Artists
The Arts As one of the most well respected American art forms, jazz has shaped the music industry spawning both the careers of various musical geniuses, and an abundance of elemental new music genres. Jazz was developed in the late 19th century and early 20th century as American and European classical music was mixed with African and slave folk songs. These songs were played to a syncopated rhythm, and from this emerged ragtime, then Dixieland and subsequently Big Band, what many consider to be the beginning of modern jazz. There is obvious West African influence, visible in terms of how the music is written and played; swing rhythm, polyrhythm, improvisation and syncopation are all prominent examples which are almost exclusively characteristics of jazz music. Over the course of the 20th century, this art form has been changing drastically as new artists bring on new influence and new sound. [youtube= Art Tatum was a jazz pianist and virtuoso who was nearly blind. [youtube= [youtube=

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These Millennials Are Shaking Up the Jazz World If the array of fresh faces in these images surprises you, well, it shouldn’t. Jazz has always been a young person’s game. Two of the greatest innovators in the history of jazz, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, were both in their mid-20s when they made their breakthroughs, the ones that changed the music for all time. And most sidemen in the Big Band era were college-age.

The ten best jazz pianists of all time With the exception of players like Thelonious Monk or Art Tatum, piano players don't quite have the name recognition of their horn playing counterparts. All the same, these ivory ticklers play an equally integral role in jazz. As such, just like our lists of the ten best sax players and ten best trumpeters, we put due effort into compiling this rundown of jazz's most virtuosic and compelling piano players. Keep reading for the ten best pianists of all time. See also: Ten essential jazz albums if you know squat about jazz

Black History in America 1901 Louis Armstrong is born: The Jazz Original "Through his clear, warm sound, unbelievable sense of swing, perfect grasp of harmony, and supremely intelligent and melodic improvisations, he taught us all to play jazz." —Wynton Marsalis Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential artists in the history of music. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on August 4, 1901, he began playing the cornet at the age of 13. Music– Jazz Artists– Jazz News THE DOZENS: HIP-HOP MEETS JAZZ by Jared Pauley For well over forty years, jazz music and hip-hop music have flirted with each other on numerous occasions. When jazz artists began to experiment with sounds beyond free jazz and the avant-garde, they unknowingly helped plant one of the important seeds for hip-hop music. Hip-hop artists returned the favor in the 1980s, sampling some of the most respected music in the jazz catalogue. In the 1990s, popular hip-hop acts took jazz samples to the top of the charts while others worked directly with respected jazz musicians.

The 50 Best Latin Singers and Pop Stars of All Time Christina Aguilera She graduated from the teen pop era, and blasted into the pop scene with full force. The Grammy-winning sensation mesmerized audiences at an early age with her heavy vocals and instant star power. A few years later, she proved she was a crossover pop diva with her hit Spanish album, Mi Reflejo. For her fourth album, Stripped, Christina got a little "Dirrty" and expressed her sexuality with full force. After three more studio albums, Back to Basics, Bionic, and Lotus, Aguilera has continued to prove that she’s one of the best voices of our generation.

A History of Jazz Music (These are excerpts from my book "A History of Jazz Music") The beginnings: New Orleans TM, ®, Copyright © 2005 Piero Scaruffi All rights reserved. Jazz music was, ultimately, the product of New Orleans' melting pot. At the turn of the century, the streets of New Orleans were awash in blues music, ragtime and the native brass-band fanfares. The latter, used both in the Mardi Gras parades and in funerals, boasted a vast repertory of styles, from military marches to "rags" (not necessarily related to Scott Joplin's ragtime music). Birth of the Uncool: Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Biopic 'Miles Ahead' Quick: Name an adjective you associate with Miles Davis. You picked “cool,” right? Even in settings where the late trumpeter’s music is far out of mind, he pops up as a symbol of cool: Gap ads.

iHeartRadio Artists vs. Best Artists of All Time Big Data analytics might be able to predict the music stars of the future, but as for music’s present-day stars, many could be found onstage at the recent 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival. From Taylor Swift and Coldplay to Usher and 50 Cent, there’s no question that this year’s two-day festival gave music fans their money’s worth. Still, if you’re a fan of both music and data, and who isn’t, you can’t help but wonder how today’s top musical talents stack up to the most popular musical artists of all time. Figuring that you were secretly dying to know, we gathered some music statistics (average number of albums sold, weeks spent on Billboard 100, number of concerts played per year, average number of paparazzi punched, etc.,) crunched the numbers and charted them. Here are some highlights of what we found.

Drumming Can Largely Improve Your Mental Health, Science Says Drums are more than just an instrument. Percussion instruments have been a part of music therapy for a long time. Science has long shown that music has a positive impact on the brain when its used in a therapeutic manner. In particular, drumming is great because it allows you to do something fun while firing up several important areas of the brain. Here are a few ways that drumming can improve your mental health: It Helps You Get More In Touch With Yourself

Rolling Stone's 100 Immortals and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Back in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine celebrated the 50th birthday of rock & roll by compiling a list of the 50 greatest artists of all-time calling them "The Immortals." A year later, they added 50 more to the list. Here is how they did it: The Immortals began last year with the creation of a panel of fifty-five top musicians, historians, industry executives and critics, selected by the editors of Rolling Stone. Voters were asked to pick, in order of preference, the twenty artists they deemed to be the most significant and influential of rock's first fifty years, those whose work continues to have an impact today. More than 125 artists were named. Music– Jazz Artists– Jazz News THE DOZENS: TWELVE LATIN JAZZ CLASSICS by Mark Lomanno Editor’s note: Pianist Mark Lommano first traveled to Cuba on a research grant, seeking to unravel the mysteries of the Cuban son. On his second trip, he came as a musician, performing at the Santiago Jazz Festival and working with Joaquin Pozo, the prominent conquero and bandleader, and the great-nephew of the legendary Chano Pozo. Back stateside, he has brought his world fusion experiences to bear on his work with The Mark Lomanno Afro-Cuban Project, as well as his continued scholarly work in the area of Latin music. Here Mark picks twelve of his favorite Latin jazz performances, some well known, others neglected gems from the music’s past.

Top 10 female country artists of all time: Who makes the list? By Jim Harrington, Posted: 09/18/2014 12:56:25 PM PDT3 Comments|Updated: 8 months ago Martina McBride hit No. 1 -- yet again -- with the release of her 12th studio album, "Everlasting," in April.

A Brief History of Latin Jazz By Carlos Quintana In general terms, Latin Jazz is a musical label defined by the combination of Jazz with Latin music rhythms. Brazilian Jazz, a style that emerged from the sounds of Bossa Nova thanks to artists like Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto, fits this general concept. LeMec Music Net - All Time Top 30 Music Artists Below you'll find a list of my all-time favourite artists. The only criterion for an artist to be eligible for the Top 30 List, other than musical greatness, is a minimum of two released albums. Click on the artist to get more information as well as an album discography and relevant links. Artists are listed alphabetically in groups of ten. Within each group there's no particular preference.