American Jazz Legends

American Jazz Legends

Jazz is music to the soul. It has a calming effect and has beautiful tones within it. Now jazz dates back in history and there are different styles and eras within it. Jazz has built a large legacy within the music industry that still impacts today. While all Jazz is great there is however a few musicians that stood out and seemed to alter Jazz music entirely. It can be hard when someone wants to know all about Jazz music, you wonder where exactly to start. I just mention a few of the iconic Jazz musicians and that seems to sum it up pretty good.

Louis Armstrong

Like for instance I would say Louis Armstrong is a jazz musician who cannot be ignored. This man has pure talent and was one of the top singers to have brought Jazz into the spotlight. Louis Armstrong became a legend and was inspiring to many other musicians to follow their dreams.

No one can forget his hoarse voice which was like no others and the infectious trumpet sound that captured everyone. Louis changed the focus of Jazz music to represent the individual rather than just a collection of music. Louis’s hot five and the hot seven bands ended up recording 55 records just in the time-frame of 1925 to 1928. Louis Armstrong is still a legend today and his inspiration still continues to focus on others.  Here is a sample of his fabulous music.

Duke Ellington

This jazz man is an admired composer that ended up in the history of American music. Duke has over 3000 songs that he wrote himself and some of his songs are still as popular as when the started like satin doll, in a mellow tone and it don’t mean a thing. Duke was another like Louis Armstrong that made an impact in the Jazz scene.

Ornette Coleman

Ornette was a major leader in the free jazz movement. Such a talent for playing the plastic saxophone by creating a powerful sound that was unique to everyone that heard it. He was well known for the record the shape of jazz to come which also made an influence in the world of jazz.

Nina Simone

Nina had a likeness for classical music like many among us and with her history being in pop and gospel she learnt to mix these influences into her own work of piano playing and Jazz singing. Nina had a deep voice which one of her biggest appeals. Nina’s piano talents were brought in on the earlier recordings like little girl blue.

While there are many American Jazz talents the above listed are the well-known musicians and singers that their inspiration and talent continues to inspire even the younger generations of the Jazz industry.