Big names in Jazz?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Every1TookMyName, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. I'm not really looking for bass players, but big name jazzers like Mingus, Davis, etc...
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Charlie Parker
    Art Blakey
    John Coltrane
    Lucky Thompson
    Cannonball Adderley
    Gil Evans
    Dizzy Gillespie
    Thelonius Monk
    Oscar Pettiford
    Art Tatum
    Sonny Rollins
    Wayne Shorter
    Tony Williams
    Bix Beiderbecke
    Coleman Hawkins
    Clifford Brown
    Duke Ellington
    Count Basie
    Dave Brubeck
    Jim Hall
    Wes Montgomery
    Charlie Christian

    That should be a start...
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Impressive list, BUT...
    Where's Louis Armstrong? ;)

    If you're a Jazz newbie, I recommend Mark Gridley's book, Jazz Styles...very easy reading, he goes through Jazz' various periods & the players who made those movements special.
  4. Thanks, I'll check it out.
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Well, I wanted to leave some for others to add, but since you inisist on some kind of completeness...;)

    Ornette Coleman
    McCoy Tyner
    Horace Silver
    Max Roach
    Donald Byrd
    Paul Chambers
    Nat King Cole
    Tadd Dameron
    Eric Dolphy
    Henny Dorham
    Sonny Stitt
    Bill Evans
    Red Garland
    Claude Thornhill
    Stan Getz
    Erroll Garner
    Dexter Gordon
    Joe Henderson
    Freddie Hubbard
    Bobby Hutcherson
    Cedar Walton
    Benny Golson
    Wynton Kelly
    (The omission of Wynton Marsalis is NOT accidental)
    Rashaan Roland Kirk
    Yusef Lateef
    Ahmad Jamal
    Mulgrew Miller
    Cal Tjader
    Fats Navarro
    Woody Shaw
    Oliver Nelson
    Chick Corea
    Joe Zawinul
    Charlie Haden
    Pat Metheny
  6. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...thanks; BTW, is that supposed to be Kenny Dorham?

    Which leads me to one into mentioning one of my favorite discs-
    Point Of Departure by Andrew Hill

    The personnel reads like a "Who's Who" of Modern Jazz:
    Andrew Hill-piano
    Richard Davis-bass
    Tony Williams-drums
    Eric Dolphy-alto sax
    Joe Henderson-tenor sax
    Kenny Dorham-trumpet's that for a 6-tet?!
  7. Chuck Mangione

    Not exactly a jazz in its basic sense, more balladly usually. But yea, Chuck Mangione.
  8. One of my favorites is Joe Oliver, or King Oliver, as he came to be known. He was Louis' instructor so many years. Only a few tunes by him I have been able to find recorded unfortunately. That was in 1912 I think when he died. (Did a report on him last year, can't remember any thing else.)
  9. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    I have to admit I'm pitifully ignorant when it comes to jazz. I've listened to a lot of the "popular jazz" like the Crusaders, Bob James, Rippingtons, Jarreau etc. but am very uneducated to the genre as a whole, particularly with regards to the traditional strains of jazz.

    Having said that, I am in awe of Coltrane -- he's the only jazz great I can instantly identify by sound and style.

    Also, my wife bought me a CD for my birthday: Louis Armstrong and His All Stars, "Paris Jazz Concert" recorded live in 1962. I love it! The bassist's name is Billy Cronk -- very simple, clean bass lines that I admire greatly. Another thing I like about this recording is that it's a small slice of another era with a lot of character that clearly comes through to the listener. Great CD!