There are a lot of world-renowned jazz musicians. Every person has individual top
of them. I want to represent you my personal top of jazz singers. I remind you that
it is my individual top and you can have other thought. So, are you ready? Let start.
- Louis Armstrong
Everybody knows that name because Armstrong is a classic jazz. If I ask you about
jazz, you will associate it with his singer. Louis is the most famous and popular
musician of all time. His career was so long, more than fifty years long. He had
very interesting squeak voice. Louis Armstrong is a legend in jazz. He was so
smart, talented. He was virtuoso. He did a lot of jazz music, he made it one of the
most popular style of music in the world.
- Duke Ellington
Duke was the talented composer. Playing piano made him famous. He was a leader
of the jazz orchestra fifty years long. Duke used his musical laboratory for his hard
work. He called his band in this way. He was very kind because he showed the
talent of every member of the band. Duke was greatly capable of working. He
wrote more than one thousand songs. Also, Duke has written music for movies.
The most famous songs are “Cottontail” and “It Does not Mean a Thing”.
- Miles Davis
Miles Davis is a famous person. He influenced on jazz melodies in twenty
century.He had a lot of bands. The peak of popularity was in the 1945 year. Miles
played different types of jazz. Sometimes he played bebop, then cool jazz, rarely
hard bop and modal jazz. Also, he knew jazz fusion. Miles have widened jazz
- Charlie Parker
If you ask me about Charlie Parker, I will associate it with saxophone. He played
bebop. This technique contained improvisation, fast tempo. Charlie connected jazz
and other styles of music. For example, he linked with classical music, Latin
music, blues. Charlie Parker was the really intelligent musician.
- Nat King Cole
Nat is famous for his gorgeous baritone. He made music more emotional. He was
the first Afro-American who worked on a TV show. He invited to his show many
jazz musicians, for example, Ella Jane Fitzgerald and Eartha Mae Kitt. Nat was
talented to playing piano, he did it phenomenally. Cole was recognized as a popicon.
So we continue our top. Keep calm and listen to jazz.
- John Coltrane
He started his career at thirty-three. But he passed away in forty years old.
John was the very important person in jazz, but mystery singer. He had the short
career, but plenty of his records were published after his death. John was changing
his style during his career. There are a lot of worshippers of his early, traditional
and experimental music.
- Thelonious Monk
This is the legendary musician. He had individual, universal improvisational
style. He was second after Duke due to his style. His technique was more
emotional, more energetic and include dramatic silence. He was real novator. He
often danced on his own performances. But Thelonious was not so famous during
- Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson was like a fresh air in jazz. Why? He played classical music,
for example, Bach’s compositions and first jazz ballet. Also, Peterson opened his
private school in Canada. Oscar has written the anthem of freedom rights.
- Billie Holiday
Here is the first woman on my top. She has the special place in jazz. She did
not have any personal song in her career. She took different songs and transformed
it into jazz motives. Also, her performance with song “Strange Fruit” is one of the
most famous in American music history. Her life was a little dramatic, but her
squeaky voice and ocean of emotions made her special person.
- Dizzy Gillespie
He is a trumpet – player. He liked different types of music. His career
includes bebop, improvisation and Latin jazz. Dizzy respected traditional African
music. During his career, he has always played on tours. He was so charming due
to his cap, glasses and swollen cheeks.
I advise you sit down on your favorite sofa, relax and listen to these singers
and enjoy best jazz music
No one style of music doesn’t have so mystery history of appearance. Jazz
was born in the USA between poor slaves without any rights in their lives. They
did not have any relatives in the USA, but hey have great will-power. So slaves
found consolation in music. A lot of them had real talent, they felt rhythms. At
first, it was really African music. Then other courses connect to it, but the main
themes were about complicated slave’s destiny. But they didn’t have any
instruments, so they make it from different things, for example, woods, papers.
Real music instruments were given to them after the civilian war at 1861-1865
years. Wind orchestras were very popular and plenty of musical instruments were
cheaper, so poor people bought it in different stores. People played music in
various situations like weddings, picnics, funerals. In twenty century in southern
states of American music bands were popular because they played original music,
they improvised with music, they linked blues, European songs. They were called
“jazz-bands”. However, classic jazz was born in New Orlean, USA. Jazz-band
“Original Dixieland Jazz Band” recorded the first jazz song.
Word “jasm” has appeared in American literature. “Jasm” meant inspiration.
The new word “jass” changed “jasm”. New meaning was something like “catch”,
“excite”. But people used “jazz around” and “jazz up”. But word “ jazz” has
appeared like a musical term only at the 1915 year. It was used in name of Tom
Brown’s band. It was “Tom Brown Jazz Band”.
I hope you have understood complicated history of jazz. This is really music
which describes freedom. This is really deep, sensitive music for many people.
Jazz show all will to live and all troubles of human history. Jazz is not only music.
Jazz is the lifestyle.
Love jazz and be happy! Good luck my friends.
We can not imagine our life without music. Every person listens to music a
lot of time. I know that you take your headphones, put it in your ears and enjoy
different music. Everybody has a favorite melody. You have it too, don’t you?
Every song is associated with good or not so good moments in our life. Many
philosophers have written about music. For example, Confucius wrote: “ Music
produced a kind of pleasure which human nature can not do without”. However,
music divides into different styles. One of the most unusual style is jazz.
What is jazz?
Do you know? Do you know what the brilliant music is it? Jazz is
unbelievable connections of the best sounds of wind instruments and human souls.
Jazz is not music for all. One scientist made research about jazz music. He
researched how jazz influence on our brain. This music demands from our brain
really complicated work to analyze all harmonic connections and links in jazz. I
remember one story about Louis Armstrong. Someone asked him what is jazz. And
Armstrong answered: “If you ask this question, you will never understand it”. This
is really deep thought because jazz is the special music with special meanings. Jazz
is the music of freedom. Why? Because every musician must improvise to make
his best melody. Jazz melodies are representing your mood at this moment. When
you listen to jazz melody, you feel real freedom in your soul. However, this style is
one of the most popular in the world. It can connect people from all countries
because it is a special language for human souls. It is universal for us. Jazz
encourages peace between people. Jazz makes respect for human rights and
So I want to ask you only one question. Do you understand jazz? If your
answer is positive, you are really lucky because you can get a lot of enjoyment
from music and you are special in our world. But if your answer is negative, I can
give you one advice. You should start listening to jazz from latin jazz
Good luck my friend.
In music not only human factor is important. Technical factor plays a big role.
Personally, I can not imagine Louis Armstrong playing jazz without his
accompaniment. So musical instruments are on a level with voice and the main
goal is report music to our ears. Different types of jazz need a lot of instruments.
So this is my individual top of musical instruments.
The veritable face of jazz is the saxophone. This is so harmonic, organic in
jazz music, but only in jazz. In professional hands, saxophone may create a little
magic. It has one secret. Saxophone timbre is similar to human voice. Adolf Sax
invented this instrument in the 1842 year. But it was used only in a military
orchestra. It was not in the main staff of symphonic orchestra. Fortunately, jazz
saves all saxophone potential. Saxophone had rebirth due to jazz.
Bass guitar is a very popular instrument in the world. It is universal. And it is
used in jazz. It has low sound, which is the background for the solo part. However,
a lot of musicians used it for solo. This is unusual for many people. But for
example, Colin Hodgkinson used the bass guitar for the main solo part in his
songs. On my mind, this is really good idea to use a bass guitar in jazz.
Third place is for rhythm. What rhythm? The rhythm of drums. Before drum
invention slaves did rhythms by their hands. Do you know how? They clapped
their hands. There are a lot of drum modifications. These modifications are used in
complex, and separately.
Although these instruments are very popular in jazz, I must remind about
other. For example, different wind instruments and piano. I like it too. A lot of
jazzmen use different instruments. Why? It is easy question. Jazz music is so
many-sided and universal.
Honestly, a saxophone is my favorite instrument. It helps me to relax and fell
unreal sensations. So I will go and listen to this magic music.
So I hope you have watched previous films. And you are ready for the next
part of my individual top of the best films about jazz.
It is the film which was published in the 2014 year. It was very successful
because people from ever wanted to watch it. I understand them. This film is really
interesting. This film describes the life of the young talented man who played on
drums. He takes a part in the most famous, successful and ruthless leader in the
This film will give you a lot of emotions and pieces of advice. You will be
very impressed. So I recommend you to watch it.
- Singin’ in the rain.
One of the most famous musical films of last one hundred years. This film has
an Oscar. So you must watch it. It describes an occurrence of silent films and
demonstrates searching of the young talented actor. This film contains beautiful
music, brilliant dances, and unbelievable actor’s play. It made this film legendary.
- Hello, Dolly.
The third fabulous film in this my top. This film is special because one of the
stars in this film is Louis Armstrong. So, Hello Dolly describes New York in the
1950 year. It is the musical film. But it is so charming. The main hero of the movie
is a woman who organizes engagements to other people. This film also contains
beautiful vocal parts and jazz music.
This film has two Oscars. It is the dramatic biographic film about Ray Charles
life. He was born in complicated time because there was a lot of racism. The film
shows all difficult moments in his life, his uneasy way to popularity. Ray became
blind in childhood after his brother’s death which Ray saw. Also, he was adored in
narcotic. But Ray gave up it forever. I think this history makes you cry a little. It is
a very emotional movie.
On my mind, these a the best movies about jazz. I recommend you to watch
every film and choose your favorite. Enjoy these legendary movies.
Are you ready for the second part? Can you guess other countries? Check
- Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark.
Every July Copenhagen lives in jazz. Duration is ten beautiful days. One
thousand performances are on the one hundred scenes. This number is amazing.
Many performances are free for listeners. Can be better? It seems that no. The
concerts are in nightclubs, parks. pubs and in other locations. There are more than
250 thousands of listeners. And Copenhagen profit is more than eleven million
euros. It proves that music can save our world.
- North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands.
It is the really old festival but legendary. A lot of jazz legends gave concerts
there. Modern information: there are thirteen scenes, one hundred and fifty
performances and seventy thousands of listeners. The organization is so nice.
Official web site contain the statement about the actual problem. You can read
there how to save your ears on big concerts.
- Umbria Jazz, Italy.
This is the most famous jazz festival in the Italy. Every festival contains
legendary musicians. And you can get a little bonus. You can visit others famous
cities and places in the Italy, for example, Tuscany and Florence.
- Nice Jazz festival, France.
Another famous French festival. This is the oldest festival. Duration is more
than sixty years. The first was in 1948. There were Louis Armstrong, Django
Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli in famous Hotel Negresco. Also, you can get
bonuses. There are a lot of others music styles.
- Heineken Jazzaldia, Spain.
San Sebastian is a small town. Queen Isabella II make it famous. There are a
lot of cinemas, concerts, world-famous restaurants and others. So jazz singers
wanted to be there too. Duration of this festival is fifty years. The bonus is that
there is the really good place to vacation.
I think you find your individual favorite festival. And your dream about jazz
festival will become true.
So a here a new theme for you. I think it is really relevant. I want to introduce
you my individual top of European jazz fests. We all love jazz, so you can use this
- Alfa Jazz Fest in Lviv, Ukraine.
This is national proud of Ukraine because this fest is on the level with other
international fests. World famous musicians have always arrived in Lviv to make
fabulous, brilliant show for all people. There are few scenes. There are requiring
payment in the city center. But there are a lot of free performances on the scene in
the central park. The organization makes a lot of actions. They will show movies
about jazz. You think you have a problem. You want to see the paid performance,
but you do not have enough money. It is not the problem. Big monitors will be
installed in the central park.
- Jazz a Vienne, France.
There are a lot of fests in France. It is so big and famous that I can make
another statement about it. So why jazz fest is so popular in small town Vienne?
They make this performance in right place. This festival is an amphitheater on
- Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland.
This is the special festival. It has a lot of jazz but with some bonus. This
festival contains rock bands and other styles of modern music. Montreux festival is
expensive. So if you do not have enough money, you cannot be there. But if you
buy tickets, you can visit a lot of different free actions. For example, competition
for young singers.
- Love Supreme, Glynde Place, United Kingdom.
It is so brilliant idea to make the festival in pictorial villages. This fest
contains jazz and British traditions. It looks perfect. Old British village, perfect
grass and a lot of jazz. You definitely will love it.
So this is the first part of my personal top jazz festivals. I will write about
others too. These festivals are good idea because you can listen to jazz and learn
the culture of other countries. Personal for me, British festival is really interesting
Today we have an unbelievable theme about jazz. This is interesting facts. I
know that you like it because everybody likes new funny information and perhaps
you know something special too. I hope you have read my statements and want
more. So take it. Top funny facts about jazz.
Jazz is like an anesthetic pill. You can listen to our favorite jazz when
you have a headache. This is unbelievable. But on American anesthetist, Congress
in New Orlean showed the results of research about jazz. It considers that jazz can
decrease your pain. So I recommend you listen to jazz often. Especially girls must
do it. And it can make your pain easy after operations.
One of the most famous jazz singer John Coldrein become a holy person
in African Church in San Francisco. After his death, a lot of visitors of Yardbird
church worship to him as he is a God. Also, they have his icon. You can find it on
an internet. You will be impressed.
Charlie Parker invited bebop. He said that he played on saxophone fifteen
hours per day from fourteen years old.
Thirty of April is our holiday. Why? On this day is international jazz day
in the world.
USSR had complicated relations with jazz. There was a thought that jazz
is bad west appearance. They said that one day you listened to jazz, next day you
sell your country. But after 1950 that statement disappeared.
No one knows when and where people invited word “jazz”. On the one
hand is a thought that “jazz” was used as a baseball term. On the hand is the
second thought that it was a musical term which was invited in 1910 – 1915 years.
Jazz is kind of a black music because it was invented by Afro-American
So this is my top 7 of different facts about jazz. I think you enjoy it. Personal
for me the most interesting is a fact number 1 and the funniest is number two.