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    who is your favorite jazz musician?

    Do you prefer the older jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong or are you more or a fan of the newer musicians? I prefer the older ones. I like the soulful sounds that they produced. To me there is nothing like putting on some Ella Fitzgerald when its raining or you are feeling down. There is just something about her voice that i love. What do you think? Old or new?
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    I do not have an adequate knowledge of the many generations of jazz musicians to begin with But I do love the older ones, and the early 60's too. Oscar Peterson was a famous jazz pianist in Montreal. John Coltrane played with an incredible vitality and spirituality. Recently, I came into contact with this old video from 1960 which was apparently lost for quite a while. You can hear/see Coltrane, Peterson and Getz play a great tune called Rifftide.
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...=goog-sl&hl=en

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    Here are some of my fave jazz artists, pianists and composers, off the top of my head-

    Art Tatum
    Freddie Slack
    Duke Ellington
    George Gershwin
    Fats Waller
    Oscar Petersen
    Oliver Jones
    Jaco Pastorius

    So I guess old, for me.

    Cool vid there, ON.
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    I enjoy listening to jazz from time to time. Mostly the big jazz orchestras. Stuff such as Glenn Miller Orchestra is pretty cool to listen to. Aswell as tunes of "Dixieland".

    I recently started listening to some mambo though. The "latin american jazz" or so. Mostly the stuff by Perez Prado. Its awesome
    Frederik Sjölund - Swedish 3D Artist AND Soundtrack addict

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    My "elder" list from my era:
    • Louis Armstrong
    • Benny Goodman
    • Tommy Dorsey
    • Glenn Miller
    • Artie Shaw
    Enjoyed the vid link, ON - toe tappin' stuff, for sure.

    I'll have to check out the Mambo venue, Frederik. It's certainly not new, but new to me.
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    I kinda like Keith Jarrett... as long as he sticks to what he does best: Jazz...

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    Some real greats knocking around in here, glad to see that their music is still very much alive.

    I'm a fan of the late Joe Pass, though admittedly probably more so for his playing technique. I've learnt to appreciate guitarists of all walks, from my first love, the blues, to jazz, classical, rock and everything in between - Joe Pass was phenomenal, his ability to captivate an audience single handedly was truly a great gift that will be missed.

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    Me ! ...

    No, not really though ... I have some favorites that are probably not know worldwide.

    Lars Jansson (Swedish pianist/composer)
    Jan Johansson (Swedish, probably well known - "Jazz på Svenska")
    Stefano Bolani (Italian Pianist, not very well known, but quite good)


    Simon
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    http://blog.jansfort.com - my blog. Quite new.
    Both in danish

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    Instrumentalists:

    John Coltrane
    Miles Davis
    Dave Brubeck
    Dave Weckl


    Vocalists:
    Carmen McRae
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Ellis Regina
    Mark Murphy

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    There are times when I think newer jazz artists try too hard to be suave or sexy or just generally try too hard and end up being boring. There are other times when I feel that the old timers can be a bit too...indulgent. Expressive, maybe, but indulgent. Ella's still my favorite, though. Listening to her just makes you feel like everything's going to be all right. Like you have a friend and a mother all in one, just right beside you.

    Aww, I'm getting sentimental. Igh.

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    Older stuff: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Django Rhienhardt and Nina Simone

    Newer: Norah Jones, Joe Pass, John Hall, John Mclaughlin, Steely Dan, Dixie Dregs, Rhythmic Union and many more.

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    some of my favourites

    John Lewis (too often forgotten I think is a genius)
    Duke Ellington
    Charlie Mingus
    Miles Davis
    Billie Holiday
    Louis Armstrong
    Thelonious Monk
    Keith Jarrett

    and then some modern ones

    Pat Martino
    Kurt Rosenwinkel
    James Carter
    Jim Black
    Madeleyne Peyroux (saw her on tv some time ago and fell in love with the way she sings you should listen Dance me to the end of love)

    and always
    Nina Simone

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    Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald (had the honour of meeting the lady once), the Gene Harris trio, George Melly, Dave Brubek, Bix Beiderbeck, Bessie Smith, Abdullah Ibrahim (the artists formerly known as Dollar Brand)...

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    Gene Krupa
    Lionel Hampton
    Duke Ellington
    Bill Bruford
    Art Blakey
    Chick Corea...so many amazing players.....it would take a month to list all the ones I think are great.
    Things may come things may go ,but the Artschool dance goes on forever.

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