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King Of The Swing

King Of The Swing pay tribute to legendary artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole whose music defined an era. Watch King of The Swing perform beautiful renditions of this timeless genre and create that definitive sound at your special event.King Of The Swing comprises of guitar & vocals, double bass and drums; a format which makes them ideal for background music and light entertainment for a whole array of special occasions.

What does swings mean in slang?
Slang. the act or practice of being free and uninhibited sexually. the exchanging of spouses for sex.
With their classic jazz and swing hits, this vintage trio are the perfect line-up to get the ball rolling at your special event. Whether it be early afternoon wedding music, low-key corporate entertainment or an intimate private party, King Of The Swing are certain to bring an air of fun and enthusiasm to the proceedings.Learn more about what’s included when booking King of the Swing for your event. If you have requirements that differ from the below, please let us know when making your enquiry.

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The King of the Swing trains hitters to develop a directional force that creates a linear and efficient path towards the pitcher by creating an initial energy force starting at the ground through engagement of the lower half. This force, aka Ground Force, transfers up the legs, through the body, and out of the arms in a chain reaction, taking stress off of the arms and increasing bat speed. Instead of using verbal commands or visual aids, the trainer gives a feeling of directional force towards the pitcher with a return of an immediate audible feedback signal when done correctly. Once the player develops directional force that transfers throughout the body, they will challenge their ability by turning the lever at the back of the patented spring housing to increase the amount of force is takes to hear the audible feedback signal, which will result in higher velocity and consistent health of the upper half.From beginners to professionals, there is no age or ability limit on the Ground Force Sports Trainers. Beginners will use the Trainers to learn proper mechanics and the engagement of the lower half, while more advanced players who have mastered these skills will challenge their abilities with a higher compression level.

Using the lower half to power the body is a necessity for pitchers and hitters. When the lower half is engaged, higher velocities and bat speeds follow. The Ground Force Sports Trainers teach the feel of utilizing the lower half so players are able to translate to game settings.
The hardest part of coaching pitching and hitting is being able to tell if the lower half is engaged. With the Ground Force Sports Trainers there is no question of whether the lower half is used or if ground force is created with the instant audible feedback with each use.Every player has a threshold of the number of pitches or hits they can preform in a certain time frame. The goal of each player is to be consistent in performance to ensure health and longevity. Utilizing the lower half to power the pitching and hitting sequence takes stress off of the upper half where the majority of pitching and hitting injuries occur.

One of the most asked questions we receive is “How do the trainers increase velocity and bat speed?” Once proper mechanics are accomplished and the lower half is engaged, players will challenge their abilities by increasing the compression force required to accomplish the goal of sounding the trainer.

Proper mechanics and a directional force towards home plate and/or the pitcher is key in efficiency and ability of play for pitchers and hitters, but the hardest element to coach. Once players are able to feel how to properly activate their body, improvement follows effortlessly.
With a career that spanned 6 decades – from the 1940’s bop with Dizzy Gillespie through to his death in 2002 – he was releasing music right up until the end.But, at least amongst jazz musicians, he is most remembered for his brilliant trumpet playing; particularly for the 1920s recordings with his Hot 5s and Hot 7s, which helped to change jazz’s focus from collective improvisation to individual soloists,

The President, or Prez, as he was nicknamed by Billie Holiday, executed his thoughtful linear ideas with a soft, lithe tone that was almost the opposite of Hawkins’.Perhaps the best known jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson was the first one of the earliest musicians on the instrument to play in the bebop style.

Who is the best jazz man ever?
Louis Armstrong He was arguably the first major jazz star, and – with his rhythmically sophisticated, operatic style – remains the greatest jazz musician of all time according to many.
His early trio sessions (usually in the piano-bass-guitar format) influenced future legends such as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal, whilst his countless hit records as a smooth toned balladeer showcase his enduring taste and class.After growing up in extreme poverty in New Orleans, jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong broke down racial barriers and became a hugely famous mainstream celebrity at a time when this was unusual for African Americans. Whilst the Ray Brown discography contains some of the best records made, bass players and fans should also check out his work from the 90s as part of Superbass, alongside Christian McBride and John Clayton. Pianist Dave Brubeck was an important jazz musician in the 1950s Cool Jazz movement and carved out a niche for himself playing in unusual time signatures. The hugely popular tenor man was cited as a primary influence by future jazz legends including Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz and Zoot Sims, as well as the ‘Cool school’ that came to prominence in the 1950s. His light, delicate voice did not really sound like any other singers of the time, but this treatment of jazz standards – lyrical swinging vocals, mixed with short melodic trumpet solos – was successful both at the time and still today.“If I had to choose one single musician for his artistic integrity, for the incomparable originality of his creation and the grandeur of his work, it would be Bud Powell. He was in a class by himself” – Bill Evans

The vocal pioneer made her debut with Benny Goodman aged 18 and her collaborations with jazz titans including Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, Count Basie and Artie Shaw are milestones in the jazz canon.
Rising to prominence in the post-bop jazz era Elvin Jones is, quite rightly, best known for his work on one the most famous jazz albums of all time : John Coltrane’s Love Supreme – along with Jimmy Garrison on bass and McCoy Tyner on piano.Fact: Art Tatum was famous for being able to drink large quantities of alcohol whilst performing without it having any seemingly adverse affect on the music. It did, however, impact his health and he died in 1956, aged just 47. Much of Bird’s output came before the LP era, and the live recordings are the place to go to hear him really stretch out. But this album, with Parker accompanied by a lush string section and jazz rhythm section is essential. He was arguably the first major jazz star, and – with his rhythmically sophisticated, operatic style – remains the greatest jazz musician of all time according to many.Pianist Bill Evans took the influence of bebop players like Bud Powell and added a flavour of impressionist classical music harmony and an introspective sensibility.He made a whole host of great albums, mostly for Blue Note, during the ’60s as both bandleader and sideman, as well as playing piano in Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet.

Acclaimed saxophonist and composer, champion of soprano saxophone, renowned sage and philosopher, Wayne Shorter spearheaded jazz innovations for seven decades until his death, aged 89, in 2023.
Christian was one of the first performers to embrace the electric guitar during the mid-1930s, popularising it as a jazz instrument and finding national fame with Benny Goodman’s hugely popular swing outfit, which he joined in 1939.

Tatum would lead a Nat King Cole-style trio with Tiny Grimes on guitar and Slam Stewart on bass in his later career, but his best-known recordings are in the solo stride piano and ragtime tradition of James P. Johnson and Fats Waller.

During the 60s, he also performed on some of the best Wayne Shorter albums ( JuJu , Speak No Evil) , Ornette Coleman’s New York Is Now! and, again, with McCoy Tyner.
I must admit that over the years, 68, I’ve loved all genre of music. However, Jazz and Blues are the things that simply display the heart and soul of music. I have become a lover of both. John Coltrane is the embodiment of Jazz, with of course many others right up there with him. Thank you for providing this list, of course as you have admitted, it is not complete. As with any list of (the best) of anything, there is always someone or something that may very well exceed them. I do however, see Coltrane as pretty much the standard from which everyone else should draw inspiration.

What does swing mean idiom?
idiom. informal. : to do or manage something successfully. If he can swing it, he’ll visit next month.
Despite rising to prominence during the bebop era of the 1940s (where he played with both Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie) legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey will always be known for his role in the emergence of Hard Bop and, more specifically, his work with his Jazz Messengers band. The various iterations of his band included future jazz legends like Lester Young, guitarist Freddie Green, drummer Jo Jones and vocalists Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. One of the first successful women in jazz, Mary Lou Williams was playing with Duke Ellington by the time she was 13 years old and went on to record more than a 100 records with early jazz players including Jack Teagarden, Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Jones, Earl Hines and Benny Goodman. Quick tip: For drummers looking to learn more about his playing style, The Drummer’s Complete Vocabulary is a fascinating insight into the method of his teacher Alan Dawson. However, he soon developed as one of the major post-Evans/Tyner voices in jazz, playing in a range of settings, including on Miles Davis’ seminal jazz-rock albums In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew, and in Avant garde groups with Anthony Braxton.In the 80s, Keith Jarrett put together a trio with drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock, which focused on standards from the Great American Songbook and bebop repertoire, proving extremely popular and recording prolifically until it disbanded in 2014.

But Django Reinhardt, a Belgian-born Romani-French gypsy, changed all that with his jazz group the Quintette du Hot Club de France, which he led with the violinist Stephane Grapelli.He immediately decamped to New York to play in small group line ups with some of the best jazz artists of the time, including Max Roach, Sonny Stitt, Bud Powell & Charlie Parker.

Born Alice McLeod in Detroit, Michigan, Alice Coltrane worked as a jazz pianist in various straight-ahead and swinging settings, including with Lucky Thompson, Kenny Clarke and the vibraphonist Terry Gibbs’ quartet.
Good list but, woah. If your listing john coltrane, stan getz, dave brubeck, and sonny rollins. Coltrane maybe the best. Wheres Dexter Gordon???? Hes the one who first influenced coltrane. And had a bigger music career. Sure coltrane has PC and Giant Steps. But Cheesecake by Dex and all his recording of that song. Omg his solos are the jazziest bop/hard bop to ever exist. Easily best tenor player of all time.Chet Baker’s decision to start singing in the mid-1950s divided public opinion but led to massive mainstream popularity (helped in part, no doubt, by his film star good looks!).

His debut album ‘Bright Size Life’ was released on ECM when he was still only 21 but still stands the test of time as one of the great jazz guitar albums of the modern era.
Aside from this guide to some of the great jazz biographies, we actually have an article being written right now about some of the great jazz history books out there; I’ll drop you an email once it’s live. In the meantime, The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia is a very good place to start!

He perhaps best known, however, for his collaboration in the 1960s with Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, which spearheaded the Bossa Nova craze that took the US by storm.
Keith Jarrett initially attracted attention from the mid-1960s as a young sideman with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Charles Lloyd’s quartet and Miles Davis, before launching two quartets of his own in the 1970s.The music was also a resolutely intellectual affair, partially in response to the more populist Swing era that had dominated American music since the 1930s.

However, he has also made various returns to acoustic jazz, including his Trilogy project with Christian McBride and Brian Blade, as well as making contemporary classical and solo piano recordings.

Stan Getz was known as ‘The Sound’ for his famously lyrical tenor saxophone tone and first found fame in the jazz world as a member of Woody Herman’s ‘Second Herd’ big band in the late 1940s.
One of her greatest achievements is her Song Book series, a selection of albums released between 1956 and 1964 that took detailed looks at individual songwriters and lyricists. Arguably his finest performances, though, were on jazz ballads, with his version of Body & Soul retaining its place as one of the most famous jazz songs of all time, even today. Remembered by many music fans for his iconic bent trumpet and inflated cheeks, he also pushed the envelope in fusing bebop with Cuban music to create Afro-Cuban jazz, as well as leading an influential big band.

Recording & touring for more than 30 years, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers provided a launchpad for many of the most famous jazz artists of the time, including – to name just a few – Freddie Hubbard (Mosaic), Woody Shaw (Child’s Dance), Wayne Shorter (The Big Beat), Lee Morgan & Benny Golson (Moanin’) and Wynton Marsalis (Album of the Year).

Performing aside, Williams was a mentor to younger musicians, perhaps most notably Thelonious Monk whose playing incorporated her trademark rhythmic juxtaposition.
We start with Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong – the latter considered by many casual fans to be the ‘founder’ of jazz itself – and go through to musicians (like Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett) whose influence was felt well into the 21st Century.Best known as the leader of his long-running Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ellington is the most recorded, and arguably greatest, jazz composer in history, with tunes like Satin Doll , Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Mood Indigo, and hundreds of other jazz standards to his name.

With an instrumentation that only featured string instruments, the band’s softer sound allowed Django’s virtuosic acoustic soloing to be heard clearly.

Except for Louis Armstrong, and a few others, the timeless sounds of some of the great New Orleans musicians who played, and carried on the Big Easy’s music contribution remain somewhat ignored. Al Hirt’s 1963 recording of “I Can’t Get Started” is untouchable by other trumpeters. At times, Hirt creates the musical drama of the entire Stan Kenton Orchestra’s brass section. I understand that Hirt became somewhat of a ‘popular artist’ which cut him out, apparently, of serious “jazz discussion.” Pity.
Matt, he seems so often forgotten, but Cal Tjader is a treasure. I believe his style causes people to underestimate him. But, like a sports cliche, he makes greatness look easy. Still, a generally great list.He is considered one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time, despite the fact that he played without the use of the third and fourth fingers on his left hand after they were badly damaged in a caravan fire while he was still a teenager.

Hancock was still just 24 years old when he recorded this 1965 classic which has a nautical theme and includes tunes like ‘Dolphin Dance’ and ‘Maiden Voyage’, which have gone on to become jazz standards .

Who is the king of swing?
But Benny Goodman will always be best remembered as “The King of Swing.”
Most of Django’s output came before the LP, but this compilation includes much of his classic work with Grapelli as well as transatlantic recordings with big name Americans like Coleman Hawkins.

Carla Bley was an important figure in the 1960s free jazz movement and, whilst critically acclaimed as a pianist, she has previously described alongside herself as “99% composer and 1% pianist.”
Monk was instrumental in the birth of bebop, playing in famous jam sessions at Minton’s Playhouse with Charlie Christian and Kenny Clarke in the late 1930s, but his sparse, angular playing is very different to the typical bebop piano sound.As a jazz instrumentalist, Davis is noted for his use of space and cool use of the trumpet’s mid register, although some of his post-’50s work reveals a wilder side.

The 1950’s saw him make his first Blue Note albums – both as a bandleader and with Miles Davis – followed by a highly successful double-trombone project with Kai Windig, for Savoy Records.
Alongside his role in this seminal jazz group, he was also integral to several other albums which can easily claim a place in the list of best jazz albums in history: Eric Dolphy’s Out To Lunch, Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage & Sam Rivers’ Fuchsia Swing Song, to name just three.

Why is Benny Goodman known as the King of Swing?
As an extraordinary clarinetist and bandleader, Goodman helped usher in the swing era in the 1930s — earning him the nickname “the King of Swing.” The son of Russian immigrants, he was the ninth child born into the family and eventually he would have a total of 11 siblings.
Whilst he is mainly remembered for his work as a soloist and bandleader, he did play with some of the greats in his early days, including Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington (briefly, until he got fired for fighting…) and Lionel Hampton.

Who is the king of swing jazz?
Benny Goodman Benny Goodman, born on May 30, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, was an American musician. Often referred to as the King of Swing, he is best remembered as one of the greatest clarinetists of all time, reaching the height of his popularity in the 1930s when swing was most popular.
Nina Simone’s debut album (also sometimes titled Jazz As Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club) includes her best-known song, ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’, with that distinctive descending piano introduction.His soloing style is often described as ‘horn-like’, and his linear playing sounds notably similar in improvisational style to the saxophone playing of Lester Young.

He played a notable role in the development of modal jazz, playing on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, which is considered by many to be the best jazz album of all time.
From Art Blakey he went to Miles Davis, becoming an integral member of his Second Great Quintet, making his soprano saxophone debut on the 1969 recording In a Silent Way. I’m very satisfied with this compilation of some of the greatest innovators of our time; especially since you’ve mentioned John Coltrane G.O.A.T.! Speaking of innovators, we must include Rahsaan Roland Kirk! Coltrane’s 1964 masterpiece A Love Supreme features his classic quartet – with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones in the rhythm section – on an intense suite of religion-inspired modal jazz.Happy reading indeed. Looking forward to hear about which of them you would put together as a band. The ultimate jazz band with no borders and no time-line.

For a lesser known record set that features him, unusually, in an explosively virtuosic mood, try The Miles Davis / Tadd Dameron Quintet in Paris Festival International de Jazz from 1949.
Later, Hancock embraced fusion, funk and disco, with pioneering electric albums like Headhunters and Thrust. His 2007 album of Joni Mitchell covers ( River: The Joni Letters ) won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as his extremely varied career showed no sign of stopping. Pianist Chick Corea began his career as a straightahead jazz settings in the mid-1960s, accompanying the likes of Sonny Stitt and Blue Mitchell, with whom he recorded the brilliant The Thing To Do. Fact: As a jazz musician Rollins is famously self-critical and, between 1959 and 1961, feeling that his playing didn’t live up to the hype he was receiving in the press, he took a sabbatical from recording and performance, practising for up to 16 hours a day under the Williamsburg Bridge in New York.The mid-to-late ’50s saw him make a brilliant run of albums under his own name, including Saxophone Colossus, Tenor Madness, The Sound of Sonny and Newk’s Time, among others.

Born in 1924, his career started (as with most jazz artists from that era) in the 40’s swinging big bands and orchestras – most notably Benny Carter and Count Basie.
Placing Ellington in a trio setting with bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach, Money Jungle is an intriguing, cross-generational meeting of three gigantic personalities, who were all great bandleaders in their own right.Fact: Mary Loui Williams is one of only three women to appear on Art Kane’s iconic photograph A Great Day In Harlem. You can find out who the other two were, here.He is the second most recorded composer in jazz , after Duke Ellington, and his angular tunes have inspired generations of musicians and been the subject of dozens of Monk-themed albums.She has recorded extensively for the iconic ECM label and her compositions have been performed by many fellow jazz greats including George Russell, Jimmy Giuffre, Gary Burton, Charlie Haden, John Scofield and ex-husband Paul Bley.

Who is swing queen?
Renuka Singh Thakur How did Renuka Singh Thakur become the swing queen of Indian Cricket? To say that she had a memorable year would be an understatement. Renuka Singh Thakur has been nothing short of a revelation and 2022 is a testament to what a phenomenal talent she is.
With a unique, almost childlike approach, critics and jazz club owners initially dismissed this highly eccentric figure, but he has eventually come to be regarded as a jazz genius who was ahead of his time.After beginning his career with trumpeter Donald Byrd in the early 1960s, pianist Herbie Hancock released 1962’s Takin’ Off , which includes his famous hit ‘Watermelon Man’ and is surely one of the most impressive debuts of any musician in jazz history.Roach played and recorded with fellow jazz legends such as Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis & Duke Ellington and his discography features some of the great bebop albums of that era.Parker’s playing was complex and virtuosic, yet bluesy and fabulously swinging. A number of his compositions – often new melodies written over the chord sequences of existing songs – have become part of the standard repertoire.

Who is the king of swing in blues?
Count Basie is considered one of the greatest bandleaders of all time. He was the arbiter of the big-band swing sound and his unique style of fusing blues and jazz established swing as a predominant music style.
In an extremely wide-ranging career he has collaborated with musicians as varied as minimalist classical composer Steve Reich; jazz legends Ornette Coleman, Jim Hall and Herbie Hancock; Brazilian singer-songwriter Milton Nascimento, and even pop star David Bowie.Initially inspired by the swing era trumpeter Roy Eldridge, Gillespie developed a new style of playing that was chromatically complex and utilised the trumpet’s high register.

What is the strongest swing in the world?
The Nevis Swing measures a whopping 300 metres and is Queenstown’s latest innovation aimed at bringing daredevils a whole new level of excitement, courtesy of expert Bungy purveyors AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand.
Regardless of personal taste, his playing had an impact of the course of jazz that few musicians could match and his most famous recording – The Shape of Jazz To Come – is frequently listed as one of the most influential jazz albums of all time.Hits in the 1930s paved the way for sustained commercial success in the ’40s and, whilst her health faded throughout the ’50s until her death in 1959, she was still very much in the public eye until the end.

One of the most important and influential jazz musicians of all time, Miles Davis was a relentless innovator who was a key player in numerous stylistic developments in jazz.
Alongside his own releases, which continued up until the late 90s, he performed in later years with more jazz greats including Art Pepper, Ray Brown, Pharoah Sanders & Michael Brecker.

After her husband’s death she began to record as a leader. Now heard on harp as well as piano & organ, and accompanied by lush string arrangements and large ensembles, these cosmic sounds have proved highly influential.Before the invention of the amplifier, jazz guitarists largely played an accompanying role within groups, as their solos could not be heard clearly over the rest of the ensemble.Nina Simone was something of a prodigy as a classical pianist, and she combined a classical influence with the sounds of gospel, blues and folk to create a unique musical palette.

His 1960s quartet is considered one of the all-time great jazz groups, while his work in his final years embraced the new free jazz movement and took on a deeply spiritual direction.
However, although he doesn’t offer the same kind obvious instrumental pyrotechnics of someone like Art Tatum, he was also a highly important jazz pianist whose percussive, minimal playing influenced Thelonious Monk and others. The Dave Brubeck Quartet, with Paul Desmond on alto sax, achieved massive fame across America and their 1959 album Time Out, featuring the iconic track Take Five, became the first album in jazz history to sell a million copies. Swing Era standards make up most of the repertoire, plus a few of Django’s original compositions, including future Gypsy jazz standards ‘Swing 39’ and ‘Hungaria’.In addition to his dozens of famous Orchestra recordings – Ellington at Newport, The Sacred Concerts, The Far East Suite, etc. – he made a number of great small group recordings, highlighting his folkloric yet surprisingly modern-sounding piano playing.

What does the king of swings mean?
the leader of a dance band.
Hawk, or Bean as he was also sometimes nicknamed, is widely regarded as the father of jazz saxophone which, remarkably, was not really considered a jazz instrument until his emergence in the 1920s.Monk’s third solo piano album includes originals and standards, and demonstrates that, despite his modernism, his playing was deeply connected to the stride pianists of the 1920s and 1930s.

He embraced crowd-pleasing jazz fusion with his bands Return To Forever and later the Chick Corea Electrik Band, recording well-known compositions like ‘Spain’ and ‘Armando’s Rumba’.
A relatively late bloomer amongst his fellow saxophone players, he did not make his first album as a leader until he was 30 years old. He initially made his mark with mid-’50s hard bop, as a member of Miles Davis’ First Great Quintet and on his own records like Blue Train.Count Basie had played piano with two important early swing bands (Walter Page’s Blue Devils and Bennie Moten’s orchestra) before forming his own Kansas-based outfit in 1935.

Yes there are lots of others who could quite easily have been in there… we’re going to try to keep updating it over the coming months and these two are on the list!
A true innovator, he was also present for the birth of bebop, playing on sessions with the likes of Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach and, even later, in more avant garde settings.Married to Ella Fitzgerald and performing in one of the greatest jazz piano trios of all time, Ray Brown is surely one of the most legendary bassists in the history of the music. Wayne Shorter’s work with Weather Report in the ’70s and ’80s spearheaded the jazz fusion movement and his later career, well into the 21st century, saw a fresh wave of critical successes and Grammy awards. It also includes ‘I Loves You Porgy’, which gave Simone her first hit, as well as three instrumental numbers, with Jimmy Bond on bass and Albert “Tootie” Heath on drums.While other jazz trumpeters could play higher and faster than Miles, his ability to put together fabulous bands and create classic albums is virtually unmatched. Bud Powell is the archetypal bebop pianist, and was the first person to apply Charlie Parker’s chromaticism-filled improvisational language to the keyboard. He also dived into the world of jazz education with an excellently reviewed book called Ray Brown’s Bass Method: Essential Scales, Patterns and Exercises. You can find that – and several more – in our round up of the best books to learn jazz.Aged just 10 he was apparently able to imitate stride pianists like Art Tatum and Fats Waller and, later, counted Thelonious Monk as an early mentor figure.I started out as a jazz musician before becoming a booking agent and manager. I host Jazzfuel to provide resources and info for both professional musicians and jazz fans around the world. Questions or comments? Feel free to drop me an email!

As the pioneering jazz drummer of the Bebop era, Max Roach laid the foundations of modern jazz drumming, by formulating a style where the pulse is stated primarily on the ride cymbal, rather than on the hi-hats or bass drum.
After a hiatus from playing that started in the 1960s (he moved to Hollywood to write for film and television) he returned to touring and was turning out critically acclaimed recordings well into the mid-90s.He featured on classic bebop sessions with Charlie Parker in the mid-1940s, fronted the nine-piece Birth of the Cool band, made some of the best hard bop records of the 1950s with his First Great Quintet and pioneered modal jazz on Milestones and Kind of Blue. The following years saw him capitalise on his status as the go-to jazz trombonist, appearing around the world with most of the jazz legends, including Clifford Jordan, Nat Adderley, Freddie Hubbard, Tommy Flanagan, Cedar Walton, Elvin Jones, Paul Chambers and Max Roach – as well as stints with the Jazz at the Philharmonic show. With his unconventional playing style and frequent use of octaves, he was able to develop a highly distinctive voice that was always joyous, soulful and swinging.

In the mid-1950s and early ’60s his own compositions – ‘Giant Steps’, ‘Countdown’ and ’26-2′ – explored new harmonic territory, with highly challenging harmonic sequences based on key centres moving quickly in thirds.

He has also made numerous solo albums and is an acclaimed classical pianist and harpsichordist, having recorded works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Shostakovich and others.
Wynton Marsalis is quite an outspoken student on the subject of jazz and it’s origin who refuses to go mainstream as many artists have! He needs to be mentioned since he is now the director of jazz at Lincoln Center New York!His ‘American Quartet’ featured Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian playing over raucous, groovy vamps inspired by Ornette Coleman and various folk traditions.

Listen out for the Gospel-inspired “Better Get It In Your Soul” which features an ecstatic band with the bassist driving a seething gospel hard bop feel. It culminates in a solo by tenor saxophonist Booker Erwin where he plays like a preacher over the clapping of the entire band.
Ella Fitzgerald is a popular figure who transcends jazz, and it’s not hard to see why: her singing is bright, breezy, incredibly swinging, with perfect time and intonation and a real sense of fun.

His approach – restrained and largely utilising the mid-register – was influenced by Miles Davis’s early work and can be heard on recording with Art Pepper, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker and many others.Quick listening tip: Universal Consciousness (1871) is Alice Coltrane’s fifth solo album and the mystical and highly spiritual music combines elements of modal jazz, free improvisation and more structured composition.Like Nat King Cole, her soulful singing became as popular as her instrumental work, but she continued to accompany herself at the piano, and was noted for her ability to improvise complex Bach-style counterpoint as part of her solos.