Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Louis Armstrong: the greatest jazz artists

A miniscule of Jamaican musicians would categorize himself or herself as a solely jazz artist. Reason is that improvised music is lowly regarded in the land of reggae and its offshoot dancehall. Many such musicians, for economic reasons, straddle the unequal divide between jazz and contemporary Jamaican music

Outside of Jamaica, though, jazz, the music originated with Blacks of New Orleans, is a big industry that has produce greats like Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltane, and Ella Fitzgerald whose names are indelible etched in the annals of music.
According to DigitalDream Door.com non in jazz has achieved the level of greatness than the legendary Louis "Satchmo” Armstrong who they elect the Greatest Jazz artist of all times.
Armstrong defined what it was to play jazz. His amazing technical abilities, the joy and spontaneity, and amazingly quick, inventive musical mind still dominate jazz to this day.

The website’s Greatest jazz artists are set out below;

1.Louis Armstrong, 2. Duke Ellington, 3. Miles Davis, 4. Charlie Parker, 5. John Coltrane, 6. Dizzy Gillespie, 7. Billie Holiday, 8. Thelonious Monk, 9. Charles Mingus,10. Count Basie, 11. Lester Young, 12. Ella Fitzgerald, 13. Coleman Hawkins, 14. Sonny Rollins, 15. Sidney Bechet, 16. Art Blakey, 17. Ornette Coleman, 18. Bill Evans, 19. Art Tatum, 20. Benny Goodman.

Others jazz artistsof note and their rankings:
22. Stan Getz, 24. Sarah Vaughan, 25. Herbie Hancock, 26. Bud Powell, 27. Wayne Shorter, 31. Dave Brubeck, 37. Lionel Hampton, 38. Art Pepper, 40. Oscar Peterson, 44. Earl Hines, 46. Wes Montgomery, 49. Artie Shaw, 50. Lee Morgan, 52. Chick Corea, 53. Modern Jazz Quartet, 54. Max Roach, 55. Anthony Braxton, 57. Cannonball Adderley, 58. Dexter Gordon, 59. Keith Jarrett, 62. Chet Baker, 64. Joe Henderson, 65. McCoy Tyner, 66. Gerry Mulligan, 68. Teddy Wilson, 70. Freddie Hubbard, 78. Wynton Marsalis, 80. Erroll Garner, 83. Pat Metheny, 100. Glenn Miller

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