Is jazz a universal idiom or is it an African-American art form? Whether or not white musicians deserve their secondary status in jazz history, one thing is clear: developments in jazz have been a result of black people's search for a meaningful identity as Americans and members of the African diaspora. Her writing and performing have always been a little ahead throughout her career. Melba Liston Trailblazing trombonist and arranger Melba Liston is known as the first female trombonist to play in the male-dominated big bands of the 1940s to 1960s, performing amongstthe likes of Gerald Wilson and Dizzy Gillespie. Keep reading for the ten best pianists of all time. A devoted educator, Fox inspires younger generations of guitarists as an associate professor at the California Jazz Conservatory. Throughout the '70s, Hancock experimented in jazz funk, and in 1973, he released the iconic Head Hunters, a landmark album in jazz-fusion. Chicago, Illinois: Lawrence Hill Books.
It discusses the body of music fostered by an identification to Africa, the conversion of black jazz musicians to Islam and other Eastern religions, and the impact of a jazz community united by heroin use. Thelonious Monk Known for his angular, unconventional approach to harmony and rhythm, Thelonious Monk is one of jazz's most original pianists. Toshiko Akiyoshi Born in Manchuria in 1929, legendary bandleader began playing the piano at the age of six. Vi Redd Born in Los Angeles in 1928, alto saxophonist musical family — her father was drummer Alton Redd, a prominent figure on L. The author, an active participant in the jazz world as composer, performer, and author of several books on jazz and Latin music, hopes that this book will encourage jazz lovers to take a rhetoric-free look at the charged issue of race as has affected the world of jazz. In 1989, the Los Angeles Jazz Society honored Redd with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2001 she was recognized with the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Award.
Corea reunited the band's classic line-up of Stanley Clarke, Al Di Meola and Lenny White to tour in 2008. She reached her height in the 1940s and 1950s. In 2013, Aldana achieved a place in jazz history when she became the first female and first South American musician to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Emily Remler New York City-born and -raised was a self-taught guitarist whose first foray with the instrument was playing the music of rock and blues legends like Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter. A work about the formulation of identity in the face of racial difference, the book considers topics such as the promotion of black Southern culture and inner-city styles like rhythm and blues and rap as a means of achieving black racial solidarity. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
Keith Jarrett Not only a virtuosic and prolific jazz pianist, 68-year-old Keith Jarrett, who will receive National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters awards in January, has recorded quite a few brilliant classical albums throughout his forty-plus year career. He transcribed and edited Thelonious Monk: Originals and Standards 1991 , Sonny Rollins 1981 , Hard Bop Piano: Jazz Compositions of the 50s and 60s 1992 and Straight Ahead Jazz Fakebook 1993. Any of his solo or group recordings on the Pablo imprint also showcase Tatum's extraordinary and seemingly effortless talent. While Monk released some great material recorded in the studio during the '50s, including Brilliant Corners and Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, some of his live recordings were downright extraordinary, especially his live recordings from New York's Five Spot, like Misterioso and Thelonious in Action. When the jazz label Blue Note Records was formed 70 years ago, jazz had a sound, but hardly an identifiable face. Melissa Aldana tenor saxophonist began playing at the age of six under the schooling of her father Marcos Aldana, also an accomplished saxophonist.
The Jazz Book: From Ragtime to the 21st Century 7 ed. All Music Guide to Jazz: The Experts' Guide to the Best Jazz Recordings 3 ed. Jarrett's solo work is equally as highly touted, especially The Köln Concert, recorded in 1975, which is a tour de force in live improvisation. Historically in closer contact with blacks than nearly any other group of white Americans, white jazz musicians have also felt these shifts. Oscar Peterson Over his six-plus decade long career, Canadian Oscar Peterson, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 82, won eight Grammys and played more than 200 recordings. McCoy Tyner A major force in John Coltrane's classic quartet from 1960-65, 74-year-old McCoy Tyner is known for a heavy-handed approach to the piano, which was fueled by his powerful left-handed block chords.
San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. While Tatum could play flawlessly at high speeds, he was equally at home laying back on a relaxed stride piano song or ballad. Although whites have been playing jazz almost since it first developed, the history of jazz has been forged by a series of African-American artists whose styles caught the interest of their musical generation--masters such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker. See more ideas about Jazz musicians, Jazz artists and Jazz blues. In the 1970s she began incorporating Japanese elements into her sound — a unique contribution to jazz that she is still recognized for today. She began learning the drums at the age of seven and was eventually awarded a full scholarship to , where she would later be appointed professor. The movie outlines Hitler's policies against the Jewish race during the holocaust in the late It focuses.
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Alongside Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston, she is considered one of the early pioneers of female jazz musicianship, who, despite the male-dominated genre, more than proved her worth playing with male contemporaries like Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. Although the music was known an. Ahmad Jamal While some pianists favored a heavy handed approach to the piano, 83-year-old Ahmad Jamal favors a lighter touch, and his use of space between the notes was said to have a great influence on Miles Davis. He was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the bebop musical language of people such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell to the instrument. This article needs additional citations for. As such, just like our lists of the and , we put due effort into compiling this rundown of jazz's most virtuosic and compelling piano players.
Do not enter names that lack articles. While At the Pershing: But Not For Me, recorded at Chicago's Pershing Hotel in 1958, is hailed as one of his greatest recordings, Jamal also released a number of stellar trio recordings, including some early '70s Impulse! Despite being hospitalized following an incident where he was beaten by police in 1945 when he was twenty years old and spending time in mental hospitals, Powell's intense genius on the piano is evidenced on his Blue Note releases like Bud Plays Bird, and the five volumes of The Amazing Bud Powell, as well as the legendary 1953 bop summit, Jazz at Massey Hall. After coming to the U. The nimble-fingered pianist showed promise as a young child, and he started gigging professionally as a teenager. Chick Corea Since getting his start playing gigs in high school, Chick Corea has gone on to release dozens of outstanding discs under his own name, platters like Now He Sings, Now He Sobs and My Spanish Heart.
Sadly, Remler died at the young age of 32. This spawned his critically acclaimed album The Spirits of Our Ancestors. Over the course of her 30-year career, she performed and recorded with legends and contemporary talents including Charlie Byrd and Terri Lyne Carrington. Terri Lyne Carrington Widely hailed in jazz circles as one of the best contemporary jazz drummers around today, has had an illustrious music career spanning some 30 years. Trained as a classical violinist from age four, Carter played in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a youth. Carla Bley American pianist, composer, and bandleader immersion into jazz began in her adolescence after hearing the likes of Lionel Hampton and Gerry Mulligan inspired her to leave her native for New York City. This comprehensive collection features classic hymns, gospel songs and praise choruses along with patriotic standards and seasonal favorites - making it a perfect year-round resource! Influenced heavily by Art Tatum, Peterson released a number of outstanding albums on Verve throughout the '50s and '60s, including The President Plays with the Oscar Peterson Trio, which also featured Lester Young, and Night Train, one of his most famous discs.