Jazz Appreciation Month: Ella Fitzgerald

Born in 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, "the first lady of song", is one of the enduring Jazz artists to have across genre appeal thanks to the various styles she adapted too. She started her career pretty much in the gutter. She would dance and sing for coins on street corners when growing up and her big … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Ella Fitzgerald

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Jazz Appreciation Month: Sidney Bechet

Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was a clarinet and Soprano Saxophone player (amoung many others) who was there at the forefront of Jazz, however I am placing him her for a very specific reason. In 1939 a new record label called Blue Note Records appeared on the scene, and it was to become one of the definitive … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Sidney Bechet

Jazz Appreciation Month: Some who slipped through the cracks.

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. … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Some who slipped through the cracks.

Jazz Appreciation Month: Coleman Hawkins.

Coleman Hawkins was the original Tenor Saxophone champion of Jazz with his robust tone, lyrical sound and effortless improvisation. He was ahead of his time as a Jazz musician and rapidly found himself unchallenged in the USA and so moved to Europe where he recorded a significant series of recordings with Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Coleman Hawkins.