Considering the wide scope of artists in Jazz history, I have picked and choosen who I do posts about. Many are key figures and some interesting but not well known such as Ken Johnson. Anyway here are a few I missed out
Fats Waller (1904-1943): “The Cheerful Little Earful” was an all round consummate performer. He was a master of stride piano having mastered the instrument in cutting contests, a talented composer with many songs to his name including “Ain’t Misbehaving”, “Black and Blue”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, “The Joint is Jumping” and “Blue Turning Grey Over You”. He was also an entertaining singer with often cheeky asides dotted through the lyrics and no doubt he was a master compare as well.
Kid Ory (1886-1973): The french speaking Trombonist started out his career playing homemade instruments. When he started playing a new Trombone he was discovered by Buddy Bolden and later formed one of the greatest bands of the 1910s, a band which would go on to include King Oliver, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone and Louis Armstrong.
Hoagy Carmichael (1889-1981): Hoagy as a musician and singer was an adequate performer, always giving the impression that he was a guy who had just nipped to the bar to play the piano, he described himself as having a “shaggy dog voice.” But he was an excellent composer and arranger and certainly understood how to lead a band. His major contribution to Jazz, and music in general, were the songs he wrote: ‘Stardust’, ‘Georgia on my Mind’, ‘Two Sleepy People’, ‘The Nearness of You’, and ‘Riverboat Shuffle’ to name a handful. He also appeared in “To Have and Have Not” alongside Humphrey Bogart, and in “The Young Man with a Horn” opposite Kirk Douglas.