Do you love jazz music? Certainly, you should try it out if your answer is a No.
For the oldies, Jazz music is one of the best music genres that one could ever get and the genre originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots being blues and ragtime.
During that period, many Jazz musicians were available and all over the world, people came to accept this great genre. Although Jazz music may have dwindled in terms of how our generation has embraced other genres, Jazz musicians still live in the hearts and minds of people who love jazz music.
Five legendary Jazz musicians of all time
1. Eugene Wright
Eugene Joseph Wright was born on May 29, 1923. Unfortunately, he died on December 30, 2020, however, he did his best to leave a mark in the jazz world. He was an American jazz bassist who was a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. As one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, some of the albums he released with his Dave Brubeck Quartet are The Dave Brubeck Quartet in Europe (Columbia, 1958), Gone with the Wind (Columbia, 1959), Time Out (Columbia, 1959), The Riddle (Columbia, 1960), Brubeck and Rushing (Columbia, 1960), Bernstein Plays Brubeck Plays Bernstein (Columbia, 1960), Southern Scene (Columbia, 1960), Brubeck à la mode (Fantasy, 1960) and Tonight Only! (Columbia, 1960).
2. Sammy Nestico
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Samuel Louis Nistico who is known in the jazz world as Sammy Nestico is indeed one of the greatest jazz musicians. He was born on February 6, 1924. He died on January 17, 2021. Some of his works include Basie & Beyond The Quincy Jones-Sammy Nestico Orchestra (Qwest / Warner Bros.), This is the Moment (Fenwood), No Time Like the Present (Hänssler), Basie Cally Sammy: The Music of Count Basie and Sammy Nestico (Hänssler), Sammy Nestico, Vol. 3: Fun Time (Hänssler), Fun Time & More Live (Hänssler), On the Sammy Side of the Street (SN Music) and A Cool Breeze with Sammy Nestico with the SWR Big Band (SWR Music).
3. Marshall Allen
Born Marshall Belford Allen, the renowned American Jazz musician is only one of the few Jazz musicians who are alive. He was born on May 25, 1924, and this means he is currently 94 years old. Some of his works include Mark-N-Marshall: Monday, Mark-N-Marshall: Tuesday, and Pozest.
4. Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs is also an American jazz musician and a bandleader. During his peak days, he performed with Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Alice Coltrane, Louie Bellson, Charlie Shavers, Mel Tormé, and Buddy DeFranco. Aside from recording with these great people, he also worked in several film and TV studios located in Los Angeles. Some of his works are Good Vibes (Savoy, 1951), Terry Gibbs Sextet (Savoy, 1954), Terry Gibbs (Emarcy, 1956), Mallets a-Plenty (Emarcy, 1956), Vibes on Velvet (Emarcy, 1956), Swing…Not Spring! (Savoy, 1956), Harry Babasin and the Jazz Pickers/Terry Gibbs (VSOP, 1957), and Jazz Band Ball (VSOP, 1957).
5. Roy Haynes
Roy Owen Haynes is also from the United States of American. He is regarded as a jazz musician and a drummer. He became popular through his craft and he is part of the most recorded drummers in the jazz world. Throughout his incredible career, he played swing, bebop, jazz fusion, avant-garde jazz and is considered a pioneer of jazz drumming. Due to his talent, he was nicknamed, “Snap Crackle”. He has been nominated for several Grammy Awards which he won and lost some with the most recent one being in 2012 when he won the Lifetime Achievement Award.