History of Jazz

Jazz Musicians

Ragtime | Blues | Dixieland | Big Band | Bebop | Cool Jazz | Free Jazz | Fusion | Latin


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Scott Joplin, piano
Artie Matthews, piano
James Scott, piano
Tom Turpin, piano


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W.C. Handy, cornet
Ma Rainey, vocal
Bessie Smith, vocal


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Louis Armstrong, trumpet/vocal
Sidney Bechet, clarinet
Bix Beiderbecke, trumpet
Jelly Roll Morton, piano
King Oliver, trumpet
Edward "Kid" Ory, trombone

Big Band

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Toshiko Akiyoshi, bandleader
Louis Armstrong, trumpet/vocal
Count Basie, piano
Bix Beiderbecke, trumpet
Bing Crosby, vocal
Jimmy Dorsey, clarinet/saxophone
Tommy Dorsey, trombone
Duke Ellington, piano
Maynard Ferguson, trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald, vocal
Benny Goodman, clarinet
Freddie Green, guitar
Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone
Woody Herman, clarinet/saxophone
Fletcher Henderson, bandleader
Billie Holiday, vocal
Bill Holman, tenor saxophone
Thad Jones, cornet/flugelhorn
Stan Kenton, piano
Mel Lewis, drums
Rob McConnell, trombone
Glenn Miller, trombone
Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone
Buddy Rich, drums
Maria Schneider, bandleader
Doc Severinsen, trumpet
Frank Sinatra, vocal
Jack Teagarden, trombone
Paul Whiteman, bandleader
Joe Williams, vocal
Lester Young, tenor saxophone


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Kenny Burrell, guitar
Paul Chambers, bass
Kenny Clarke, drums
Miles Davis, trumpet
Ken Dorham, trumpet
Tal Farlow, guitar
Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet
Dexter Gordon, saxophone
Bennie Green, trombone
J.J. Johnson, trombone
Charles Mingus, bass
Thelonius Monk, piano
Charlie Parker, alto saxophone
Oscar Peterson, piano
Bud Powell, piano
Max Roach, drums
Red Rodney, trumpet
Sonny Stitt, saxophone

Cool Jazz

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Chet Baker, trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer, trombone
Dave Brubeck, piano
Conte Candoli, trumpet
Miles Davis, trumpet
Gil Evans, piano
Barney Kessel, guitar
Lee Konitz, saxophone
John Lewis, piano
Mel Lewis, drums
Shelley Manne, drums
Red Mitchell, bass
Wes Montgomery, guitar
Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone
Frank Rosolino, trombone
Lennie Tristano, piano

Free Jazz

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Muhal Richard Abrams, piano
Carla Bley, piano
Ornette Coleman, alto saxophone
Roscoe Mitchell, saxophone
Cecil Taylor, piano


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Blood, Sweat, and Tears, band
Bill Chase & Chase, trumpet/band
Chicago, band
Chick Corea, piano
Pat Metheny, guitar
Airto Moreira, percussion
Alphonse Mouzon, drums
Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone
Miroslav Vitous, bass
Weather Report, band
Joe Zawinul, keyboard


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Alex Acuña, percussion
Larindo Almeida, guitar
Mario Bauza, bandleader
Chick Corea, piano
Jack Costanzo, percussion
Paquito D'Rivera, alto saxophone
Stan Getz, tenor saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet
Stan Kenton, piano
Airto Moreira, percussion
Eddie Palmieri, piano
Chano Pozo, percussion
Tito Puente, percussion
Poncho Sanchez, percussion
Arturo Sandoval, trumpet/piano
Steve Turré, trombone

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