Jazz Appreciation Month: Tubby Hayes

Edward Brian "Tubby" Hayes (30 January 1935 – 8 June 1973) was an English jazz multi-instrumentalist, best known for his tenor saxophone playing in groups with fellow sax player Ronnie Scott and with trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar. https://youtu.be/AK_X1vCwnyY One much repeated story about Hayes' early career was told by Ronnie Scott. Scott was playing at a … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Tubby Hayes

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Jazz Appreciation Month: Miles Davis

Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was a jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Miles Davis

Jazz Appreciation Month: Norman Granz

https://youtu.be/BZFPegDezUY Norman Granz (1918-2001) was a Jazz Impresario who founded six record labels, established a successful series of Jazz concerts, and fought for racial equality on the Jazz scene. He entered the public gaze when he organised desegregrated jam sessions which he would eventually develop in Jazz at the Philharmonic, later know as JATP, the … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Norman Granz

Jazz Appreciation Month: Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Sphere Monk was a pianist and composer and has the distinction  of being the second most recorded composer in Jazz, the first being Duke Ellington. Thelonious Monk's approach to the piano and improvisation was somewhat abstract and unusual, bringing dissonances and angular melodic twists which were complemented by his almost attack of the instrument and switches in … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Thelonious Monk

Jazz Appreciation Month: Dizzy Gillespie

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917 - 1993), was a trumpeter, pianist, composer and occasional vocalist who along with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of  Bebop. Gillespie's trumpet playing was similar in intonation to that of Roy Eldridge but was a virtuosic improviser adding previously unheard complexity in rhythmic and harmonic layers in Jazz. He, … Continue reading Jazz Appreciation Month: Dizzy Gillespie