Best Jazz Artists
The Top Ten
most albums, songs; he invented a different kind of jazz
A true innovator. I don't know anything about Jazz, but the few albums I've heard by him blew me away
Miles really changed the game when it came to jazz music. If he wasn't around, I don't think we would've had artists like Robert Glasper and Christian Scott today. - McgillacuddyV 4 Comments
he is such a freakin great saxaphonist. any jazz saxaphonist (like myself) studies him day in and day out and can only dream of being as good as him - fireinside96
God given talent and the greatest emotional output ever. The greatest. Period
His music is great but Davis was more creative.
While John Coltrane and Miles Davis are certainly worthy of consideration for being the greatest; I think it would be beyond unfair to rank them ahead of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong for receiving that honor. Born a poor boy in New Orleans (1901), and then learning to play, sing and perform while developing the sound and style of Jazz music as it evolved throughout it's height in the 1920's-1940's, has made him one of the most influential and iconic musicians not only of Jazz, but of the 20th Century altogether. Not only was his wide and colorful smile unique and inviting, but he also possessed a unique signature voice that emoted the blues and performed insane trumpet solos that have never been duplicated to the effect that he had captured with an audience. Just take a listen again to masterpieces such as "I Get Jealous", "Blueberry Hill", "Shadrack", "Skokian", "What A Wonderful World", La Vie En Rose", "Mack the Knife", "When the Saints Go Marching In". Similar to what another ...more
No matter who is the next generation of good Jazzmen/women, no matter how many classic jazz albums have come out, no matter how many good jazz instrumentals we hear or have heard, Louis Armstrong will be to jazz as Elvis was to rock, and Michael Jacskson was to pop. He will be the king of Jazz forever - greatesttop10s
*Louis Armstrong's instrument of choice that he performed insane solos on was primarily a coronet and not a trumpet, as I had mistakenly suggested in an earlier comment.
Yeah he's pretty good?V 3 Comments
Don't understand why he is not at number one?
Frank Sinatra is timeless, he truly deserves the top place
He had the biggest voice ever "made"!
He should be number 1V 3 Comments
he is just awesome. I can't stop listening to him. Whenever I open Itunes, the first song I listen to is always one of Duke Ellington's songs.
Duke Ellington is the sound of interwar, the sound of the classiest jazz. So many greats out there but Duke will always be the true icon.
He's the best of the best his music is inspiring and he composed and played his whole life like 50 years
Sir Duke should be 1 or 2. A great pianist and composer. Surely better than 5 on list.
Greatest guitarist of all time
A Gypsy Jazz Man. Who'the thunk it? Only in America. We are blessed.
He is my idol!
Really, #9... Name any jazz musician who could solo as good as "bird"... Still can't think of one? Exactly!
My new favorite jazz artist (with me being a saxaphonist Bennie's work is the key element for me). - fireinside96
Ella Fitzgerald should be right at the top of this list. No one does ballads and up-tempo numbers with the same fluency and consistency as Ella. Even fellow greats like Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington and Ira Gershwin have praised her beyond themselves
It's hard to believe that this lady is so low down on this list. I love Amy Winehouse, she had an incredible Jazz voice but to place her above Ella? Come on! - Britgirl
One of the best singers ever and a queen of jazz
I adore this woman. She's just amazing. - Britgirl
Norah Jones as 6? No offense, but this must be a joke. - classick
Absolutely! One of Jazz's all-time best groups. Their first album, "Return to Forever," is a gem and one of my very favorites.
Their album "Romantic Warrior" is jazz fusion at its finest. - BrideiMacBella
Sorry. I had not heard of this group, vut will look it up
He's still got it. Don't belive me? Listen to the album Cheek To Cheek he made with Lady Gaga, who, by the way also has an incredible rich voice for Jazz. - Britgirl
Crazy and weird, yet not free chaos. Structured chaos is Mingus
The liner notes on one of his albums are from his physcologist. That tells you how good he is!
If you don't think he's the best, listen to hatian fight song. The End
No legitimate jazz artist ranking has Mingus outside of the top 10. His compositions were simply unreal. "Structured chaos" as someone else here put it. If you haven't heard much of his stuff I recommend Moanin' (Mingus Big Band version), The I of Hurricane Sue, Adagio ma non troppo, and Ysabel's Table Dance especially.V 2 Comments
Amy Winehouse absolutely does not get the credit she deserves. What my generation, and even some of the older generations seem to have an extremely difficult time understanding is she LIVED the jazz lifestyle! Our greatest jazz vocalist and other jazz musicians have been through some of the same things (i.E. - Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker) The difference is, following her horrid relationship with her ex husband and her bad decision to engage in hard drugs she was "raped" for lack of better word by the ridiculous tabloids. There are no words good enough to describe how huge her talent is, as both a singer and song writer. The standards she has sang are impeccable and her own material is original, thought provoking and beyond a pleasure to listen to.
She had just something special. If you only listen to the sound if her voice (and not to the lyrics) you know what she's singing about.
And her lyrics: I haven't understood yet how a person can put so many emotions in a few words... she was a personality, there isn't another person who is as 'different' as her.
She is THE jazz musician for me, I'll never forget her! - AllRockMusicGirl
Amy was an incredible talent with a totally unique voice who was enjoyable whether drunk or sober. Too bad she said no, no, no.
She isn't jazz. More like R&B.V 2 Comments
Unbelievable keyboard player... The melodic lines he thinks of on the spot are inconceivable!
Maybe more on the rock side than jazz, but the styles and purely insane masturbation produced in the music makes them one of the best in all jazz rock/fusion.
Are you guys kidding me? Billie Holiday is one of the jazz greats! Everything about her is amazing... Her signature style of singing half a beat behind but never off tune and the obvious pain and experience in her voice as she sings. Honestly... When she sings it lets you know that no one will ever sing like that again... The era of great jazz singers is over...
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