Jazz is the most popular and respected form of music in America. Jazz is life according to mostly Americans. Different kind of genres, tones and music’s are productions of Jazz. In early 19s and 20s American and African mixed music mixed up due to migration of the Africans to America. They have added different African folks to the American classical music. This change attributed to the new kind of songs and music and the musician during this evolution the musicians are called as the best Jazz musicians of all the time.
Two kinds of genres were extracted later in 1920s which are cool jazz and acid jazz. Later on other categories evaluated from these two which are hard bop, smooth jazz, life funk and a trend was started of be-bop. Keeping in view we have selected top 10 famous jazz musicians of all the time, look at those given below.
World’s Top 10 famous Jazz Musicians of all the time
1. Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus was American born and famous for its composition of music and bass player. He was born on 22 April 1922 and grew up in LAs watts. He had unique style of composing the music; he often combines the folk with classic and creates a third tune of new style. His father was African and his mother had English/Chinese heritage. He died on 5th January 1979.
2. Art Blakey
Art Blakey was born in October 11 1919 and is famous for his evolution in style of drum beating in jazz music. He was best in beating drums in free styles and combining the different styles all together. He invented modern bebop technique which is now can be heard anywhere in the world. He gives the drumming a new life and took it to the next level. He died on 16 October 1990. Due to its contributions in jazz music he is among the top 10 famous jazz musicians.
3. Charlie Parker
Charlie parker was born in 29 August 1920 in Kansas City, United States. He was the only child of his parents and nicknamed Yard bird. When he was just 11 years old he started playing saxophone and left his school and later in the age of 14 he joined his school band. He was also famous for composing the mixture of folks and classical music. He died on 12th march 1955 due to drugs usage.
4. Billie Holiday
She was born to an American family. Her father was a musician but he spent very less time with him. She started his music career earlier in her school days and turned her in to actor. She is famous for his contributions in turning the simple music into Jazz by manipulating tempo and phrasing. Later she was nick named as Lady Day. She wrote songs and sung then in variety of styles for more than 3o years. She died on 17 July 1959.
5. Miles Davis
Davis was born in 1926 in Alton, United States to a dentist father. His mother was a pianist and wanted him to learn piano playing but he got passion of music from listening it in the church. He started regular class of music at the age of 13. He was known as Miles Davis III famous for his jazz music composing, band leader and trumpeter. He is among the most influential jazz musicians in the history of 20th century. He died on 28 September 1991.
6. Thelonious Monk
Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer born on 10 October 1917 in Rocky mount North Carolina, United states. Monk has lot of abilities to shape the music to the next level, he made contributions in standard jazz repertoire including Blue Monk, Ruby my dear, in walked bud and Round midnight. Monk is the second most recoded jazz musician. His unorthodox approach to piano makes frequent twists in tunes and music. Due to its contributions in jazz music he is among the top 10 famous jazz musicians. He often wears glasses, suit and hat and often noted stop playing, standing in front and dancing while the other people simply playing music. He died on 17 February 1982 in Englewood New jersey, USA.
7. Dizzy Gillespie
His actual name was John Birks Gillespie; he was born on 21 October 1917 in Cheraw South Carolina, USA. He was famous for his contributions in jazz music. He went to Cuba and lived there for some time when he came back to America he contributes a lot in mixing the Cuban-African Jazz. Moreover he was well known for mixing the bebop and modern jazz. He was reminded for his Glassy looks and bumped cheeks when he plays music. He was trumpet virtuoso and improviser by adding harmonic complexity that was previously unheard in Jazz. He died at the age of 75 on 6 January 1993 in New Jersey, USA.
8. John Coltrane
John was born on 23 September 1926 in Hamlet North Carolina, USA. He was famous jazz saxophonist and composer and was known ad “Trane”. He was religious and mostly played spiritual style of music. He knows well about the mathematics of jazz music and channeled the divine through his sax. His career moved ahead and he inspired lot of musicians and remained the most significant saxophonist in the history. He died at the age of 40 on 17 July 1967 in Huntington New York, USA.
9. Louis Armstrong
He was born in New Orleans USA on August 4, 1901. He was famous trumpeter, composer, singer and actor. He was one of the most influential musicians in the history of jazz. He has a great dexterity in bending the lyrics and molding the tunes and giving new touch to the music. He was also famous as scat singer and recognized trumpet as a standalone instrument in music. He was the first most popular among American and Africans both regardless of his black color and race. He died on July 6, 1971 at the age of 69years.
10. Benny Goodman
Benjamin David Goodman known as Benny was a famous American jazz musician. He was also famous as King of swing, the professor and swings senior for his jazz and swing music. He was born on 30th May 1909 in USA. Apart from swing music he contributed a lot in the development of bebop. He was also social and civil rights activist apart from music. Due to its contributions in jazz music he is among the top 10 famous jazz musicians