Count Basie’s rhythm section is called the first modern rhythm section because of the delegation of responsibilities and the lighter, more fluid rhythm. With Basie using fewer notes on the piano, it gave some breathing room to the rest of the section, which allowed them to complement each other rather than duplicate each other. Also, the drummer used a cymbal instead of a bass drum on each beat, which also led to a lighter, more buoyant
Louis Armstrong is one of the most influential jazz musicians to ever live. His trumpet defined the role of the jazz soloist and revolutionized jazz itself, and his way of singing was every bit as influential as the instrument he played. His daring trumpet style and unique vocals paved his way to fame. Armstrong style of singing was not always as well liked as it is today. In the beginning, he struggled to make his voice heard.
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington was a phenomenal bandleader and composer, who rose to fame by pioneering jazz, a style of music that has stood the test of time today. It is evident that the theme of the biography, “Duke Ellington: Bandleader and Composer,” written by Ron Frankl, is that Duke Ellington has left behind with him a long lasting legacy on the musical style of jazz. For instance, text states, “Today, his majestic name still reigns over the jazz world as surely as it did a half century ago” (Frankl 105). It is obvious that the author means to state that Ellington has a fantastic legacy, even lasting today, thus supporting my thesis.
Duke Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington, DC. He died of lung cancer on May 24, 1974 in New York City, New York. 12,000 people attended his funeral. Duke Ellington was raised by two talented, musical parents in a middle-class neighborhood of Washington DC. At the age of 7, he began studying piano.
Who was Edward Kennedy Ellington? “Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years” (allmusic.com). Edward Kennedy Ellington was born in April 29, 1899, to a middle-classed neighborhood of Washington, D.C., also known as U Street. “Duke Ellington grew up in Washington, D.C. during one of the most difficult periods for African-Americans” (gwu.edu). When Ellington was 14, he received the nickname Duke.
Born in Washington D.C in 1899, Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of a jazz orchestra. He settled in New York City from the mid-1920s and earned a national profile for his Cotton Club performances in Harlem. In 1930’s, Ellington toured in Europe and became a pivotal figure in the history of Jazz. One of the many albums he has recorded is Ellington at Newport which was a live jazz album from 1956 and it was performed by his band at the Newport Jazz Festival. It’s producers were George Avakian and Phil Schaap.
Today in class we viewed the fifth episode of Ken Burns Jazz documentary, Swing Pure Pleasure. In the late 1930’s Swing became the new Jazz among the young teenage Americans. With its popularity came fame for band leaders and bands. Bands started touring, band leaders were seen as rock stars, and swing became the obsession of many young Americans. This new fame wasn’t all flashing lights many bands and band leaders faced hardships in their career.
Three successful alto saxophone players are Harvey Pittel, Walter Parazaider, and John Coltrane. John William Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. Around the age of 12, his father, aunt, and grandparents died. His mom took care of him. In September 1943 she bought him an alto saxophone, which he played in high school.
B.B King Riley B. King was born on September 16, 1945 on a plantation in Itta Benna, Mississippi. More well known as B.B King, he was an American blues singer, electric guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. As a child, he was raised by his grandmother when his mother left him for another man. His music career began during his childhood when he would sing in his church choir. When B.B was 12 years old he bought his first guitar.
If you have ever heard of louis Armstrong you think of a guy in the past, right? Well did you know he made a huge impact in musical history. Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter. Standing 5’6, born in August 4, 1901 but death in July 6, 1971 by the age of 69. In this essay will learn how louis Armstrong had an impact on musical history.
“I'm always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” Miles Davis’ passionate statement describes the distinctive innate ability to formulate music that transcended all musical genres, generations and nationalities. According to Bernal, Davis moved Jazz forward through his constant search for brand-new musical expressions.
Jazz was born in New Orleans about 100 years ago (early 20th century), but its roots can be found in the musical traditions of both Africa and Europe. Jazz is a form of improvisational art that rewards individual expression and demands self-collaboration. It is a rich tradition that reflects all Americans. It originated in one of the most cosmopolitan and musical places in America. New Orleans was the perfect city for all of these elements to come together, as it was a port city, a meeting place for people of different ethnic groups, and a city with nightlife where musicians had the opportunity to play together, learn from each other, and blend all of these elements.
Louis Armstrong was a singer, soloist, comedian, trumpeter and a film star. He was and still is considered one of the most influential artists in jazz history, he is known best for songs like “What a Wonderful World,” “ Stardust,” and "La Vie En Rose." In Armstrong’s early career he received a call from King Oliver to come to Chicago and join his Creole Jazz Band on second cornet and he accepted. He made his first record with Oliver on April 5, 1923, thus the start of Armstrong’s career with his first recorded solo being “Blues Chimes.”