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Information About Jazz Musicians and Composers

This is a short list of musicians (alphabetical) and some of their compositions or recordings.

 

Picture

Musician Birth / Death

Famous Songs /
Recordings / Facts

MIDI or MP3 Music Clip

Louis Armstrong 1901-1971

Louis
'Satchmo'
Armstrong
1901-1971

 

Hot Five and
Hot Seven Bands

West End Blues
Potato Head Blues
Cornet Chop Suey
Weather Bird
Heebie Jeebies
Struttin' With Some Barbecue
What a Wonderful World

Born in New Orleans
Nickname - Satchmo
Scat - a vocal style using wordless syllables

One of Armstrong's most famous songs was...

What A Wonderful World

 

Count Basie

William
'Count' Basie
1904-1984

One O'Clock Jump
Jumpin' at the Woodside
Good Morning Blues
Swingin' the Blues

 

Sidney Bechet 1897-1959

Sidney Bechet
1897-1959

Sweetie Dear,
Blues in the Air
Summertime
Shag
Petite Fleur

Recordings -
Blue Horizon
What Is This Thing Called Love

Petite Fleur

Bix Beiderbecke 1903-1931

Leon 'Bix' Beiderbecke
1903-1931

Singing the Blues
I'm Coming Virginia
At the Jazz Band Ball
Davenport Blues
Bix Beiderbecke Story
In a Mist

In A Mist

Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck
1920-2012

Blue Rondo a la Turk
In Your Own Sweet Way
Take Five
Unsquare Dance

His band was known for their use of odd meters in music, such as in Take Five.

Take Five

Unsquare Dance

Ray Charles

Ray Charles
1930-2004

Hit the Road Jack

Georgia On My Mind

Hit the Road Jack

Georgia On My Mind

John Coltrane

John Coltrane
1926-1967

Giant Steps
Countdown
Impressions

 

 

 

 

 

Picture

Musician Birth / Death

Famous Songs /
Recordings / Facts

MIDI or MP3 Music Clip

Miles Davis

Miles Davis
1926-1991

So What
All Blues
Freddie the Freeloader
Four
Milestones

Famous for trumpet playing ability.

All Blues

Jimmy Dorsey 1904-1957

Jimmy Dorsey
1904-1957

Famous Band Leader,
The Complete Standard

Transcriptions -
Tangerine
In a Little Spanish Town
Green Eyes
Out of Nowhere
Beebe
Praying the Blues

 

Tommy Dorsey 1905-1956

Tommy Dorsey
1905-1956

Famous Band Leader -
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Stop Look and Listen
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You,
and many others featuring Frank Sinatra and other singers.

 

Duke Ellington 1899-1974

Edward 'Duke' Ellington
1899-1974

Sophisticated Lady
In A Sentimental Mood
It Don't Mean a Thing
I Got it Bad
Satin Doll
Prelude to a Kiss
Take The A Train
Mood Indigo

Nickname - Duke

Theme song for Duke Ellington and his orchestra....

Take The A Train

 

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald
1918-1996

A-Tisket A-Tasket

- Known as "First Lady of Song"
- One of greatest female jazz vocalists of 20th Century

 

 

 

 

 

Picture

Musician Birth / Death

Famous Songs /
Recordings / Facts

MIDI or MP3 Music Clip

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie
1917-1993

A Night in Tunisia
Con Alma
Groovin' High
Manteca

- One of the fathers of the bebop jazz style.
- Known for his playing his tilted bell trumpet with puffed cheeks.

A Night in Tunisia
sequenced by Jeanne Coello

Benny Goodman 1909-1986

Benny Goodman
1909-1986

Compositions -
Stompin' at the Savoy
Airmail Special
Flying Home

Recordings -
Sing,Sing,Sing
Mission to Moscow
I Found A New Baby
Body and Soul
Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert

- Known to many as 'The King of Swing'
- Great at Jazz and Classical Music

Sing, Sing, Sing

Lionel Hampton 1908-2002

Lionel Hampton
1908-2002

Recordings -
Hamp's Blues
Sound of Jazz, Lionel Hampton,
Lionel Hampton and the Golden Men of Jazz,
Flying Home
Mingus Fingers

suggested listening -
Hampton's songs
Gerry Meets Hamp,
Ham Hock Blues,
Lions Den

W. C. Handy 1873-1958

W. C. Handy
1873-1958

Beale Street Blues (1917)
Joe Turner Blues (1915)
Memphis Blues (1912)
St. Louis Blues (1914)
Yellow Dog Blues (1914)

Memphis Blues
sequence by PerfessorBill.com

Coleman Hawkins 1904-1969

Coleman Hawkins
1904-1969

Body and Soul
Picasso
The Man I Love - Hawkins Quartet,
First Impressions
and recordings with other musicians

 

 

 

 

 

Picture

Musician Birth / Death

Famous Songs /
Recordings / Facts

MIDI or MP3 Music Clip

Fletcher Henderson 1897-1952

Fletcher Henderson
1897-1952

Gulf Coast Blues

Recordings -
The Stampede
Wrappin' Up

 

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday
1915-1959

God Bless the Child

The movie 'Lady Sings the Blues' was a portrayal of Billie's life.

 

James Johnson 1891-1955

James P. Johnson
1891-1955

Carolina Shout
Charleston
Running Wild
Harlem Strut

Recordings -
What Is This Thing Called Love
Snowy Morning Blues

- Father of Stride Piano

Carolina Shout

Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin
ca. 1868-1917

The Entertainer
Maple Leaf Rag
The Ragtime Dance
Treemonisha

The Entertainer

Gene Krupa 1909-1973

Gene Krupa
1909-1973

Recordings -
Rockin' Chair
Gene Krupa - Boogie, Ballads and BeBop,
and recordings with other musicians

 

 

 

 

 

Picture

Musician Birth / Death

Famous Songs /
Recordings / Facts

MIDI or MP3 Music Clip

Thelonius Monk

Thelonius Monk
1917-1982

Blue Monk,
Round Midnight

 

Jelly Roll Morton 1890-1941

Ferdinand
'Jelly Roll' Morton
1890-1941

Piano pieces -
Jelly Blues
King Porter Stomp
Red Hot Peppers
The Pearls
Sidewalk Blues
Mr. Joe

Jelly Blues
sequence by Warren Trachtman

Kid Ory 1886-1973

Edward
'Kid' Ory
1886-1973

Recordings -
Ory's Creole Trombone
Society Blues

 

Charlie Parker, 1920-1955

Charlie
'Bird' Parker
1920-1955

Recordings -
Now's the Time
Ko-Ko
Yardbird Suite
A Night in Tunisia
Parker's Mood
Embraceable You
Lady, Be Good

Compositions -
Confirmation
Now's the Time
Donna Lee

- Famous for his alto saxophone playing ability.
- One of the fathers of the bebop jazz style.

 

Ben Pollack 1903-1971

Ben Pollack
1903-1971

Ben Pollack and his Californians
Ben Pollack and His Orchestras
Swing Out
In A Sentimental Mood

 

Bessie Smith 1895-1937

Bessie Smith
1895-1937

Empress of the Blues
Downhearted Blues
Taint Nobodys Business

Recordings -
St. Louis Blues
Lost Your Head Blues

Taint Nobodys Business

 

 

 

 

Picture

Musician Birth / Death

Famous Songs /
Recordings / Facts

MIDI or MP3 Music Clip

'Fats' Waller 1904-1943

Thomas 'Fats' Waller 1904-1943

Ain't Misbehavin'
Birmingham Blues
Honeysuckle Rose
Muscle Shoals Blues
Fractious Fingering
Fats Waller
I Ain't Got Nobody

Honeysuckle Rose

Ain't Misbehavin'

Ethel Waters 1896-1977

Ethel Waters
1896-1977

Recordings -
Cocktail Hour,
Am I Blue?
Jazzin' Babies
Blues
Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind


More Jazz Facts:
* Chart - in music is the arrangement of the music.

* Improvise - is a solo in jazz music or ... to make up the music as it is being played.

* Riff - is a repeated musical idea.


Resources for Jazz Musicians:

Jazz for Young People (Lincoln Center)

Meet the Great Jazz Legends - by Ronald C. McCurdy - Alfred Publishing 2004 / 2009

Alfred Jazz Greats

Jazz Education Network

Red Hot Jazz

 

Many of the MIDI files on this page were found on various free MIDI file sites. Some of the pictures of early jazz musicians were found on various history sites, including the Red Hot Jazz web site, a site about the history of jazz before 1930. Recording info and dates found in various jazz history books, including John Fordham's Jazz - History, Instruments, Musicians, Recordings, (1993) and Frank Tirro's Jazz - A History, 2nd Ed. Files are for listening / educational examples only.

 

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