Jazz Legends and famous Jazz Songs

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Roger, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. Roger


    Nov 5, 2003
    I'm searching for famous Jazz artists, and their most famous songs. I just want to have a short summary which persons where the most important ones in Jazz and which instruments they played.
    For example Jaco, John Coltrane, Nat King Cole...
    I Just need a few names and songs.
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Important figures & what they played-
    Louis Armstrong-trumpet
    Charlie "Bird" Parker-alto sax
    Dizzy Gillispie-trumpet
    Duke Ellington-piano/composer/Big Band leader
    Jimmy Blanton-bass
    Charles Mingus-bass/composer
    Charlie Christian-guitar
    Kenny Clarke-drums
    Max Roach-drums
    Bud Powell-piano
    Art Tatum-piano
    Ray Brown-bass
    Miles Davis-trumpet/band leader
    Thelonius Monk-piano/composer
    Herbie Nichols-piano/composer
    Andrew Hill-piano/composer
    Ornette Coleman-alto sax/composer
    John Coltrane-tenor, soprano sax/composer
    Elvin Jones-drums
    Tony Williams-drums
    Wayne Shorter-tenor, soprano sax/composer
    Herbie Hancock-piano/composer
    Chick Corea-piano/composer

    ...and I didn't even touch on the vocalists(Billie Holiday, Ella, Sarah, Joe Williams, etc) or Latin Jazz or the European cats.
    Why not check out/buy Mark Gridley's Jazz Styles...a very good intro, IMO.

    Famous songs, eh?

    Duke Ellington-"Don't Mean A Thing(If It Ain't Got That Swing"), "Take The 'A' Train", etc
    Charlie Parker-"Donna Lee", etc
    Dizzy Gillispie-"A Night In Tunisia", etc
    Charles Mingus-"Haitian Fight Song", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", etc
    Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond-"Take Five"
    Miles Davis-"Milestones", "So What", etc
    Wayne Shorter-"Footprints", etc
    John Coltrane-"Giant Steps", "A Love Supreme", "My Favourite Things", etc
    Herbie Hancock-"Watermelon Man", Canteloupe Island", etc
    Chick Corea-"Spain", "Captain Marvel", etc

  3. Roger


    Nov 5, 2003
    Thanks a lot!
    You really helped me.