Since its beginnings, jazz continues to evolve and leave its legacy. Many artists have influenced its development leaving a trail of jazz music that capture the heart and soul of the genre. Hundreds of musicians over time have left their marked for the genre. Many names stand out, but here are some of the most influential jazz musicians of all time.
Born in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong is one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. He was gifted with technical abilities as well as the knack for being spontaneous. His amazing skills and talent has spawned several songs that have influenced jazzed to this day. He was an excellent trumpet player and a singer. His works have inspired other musicians the most notable of which include Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bing Crosby. Born in New Orleans,
Composer, band leader, and pianist Duke Ellington is a known and influential figure in jazz. The accolades he received continued even after his death. He was also the recipient of several awards such as the President’s Gold Medal in 1966 and the thirteen Grammy Awards he received in his lifetime. He was even on one of the US commemorative stamps released in the 1980s. Among those who claimed to have been influenced by the legendary jazz artist are Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Thelonius Monk, Tony Bennett, and more.
Also known as “Bird”, Charlie Parker is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He was a trailblazing jazz alto-saxophone player. He also played bebop and composed a lot of works in his time. He was an innovative jazz musician and introduced his own style that many try to emulate.
Miles Davis is credited to have influenced the development of jazz and inspired many artists throughout his career and beyond. He was a pioneering figure in be-bop, cool jazz, free jazz, and several other styles. He never let his fame stop him from exploring new musical styles thus making him one of the most innovative figures in jazz. Among those he inspired include J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and a lot more.