Remembering the best jazz artists of all time
Many people describe jazz music as rhythmic, emotional, free and fluid. This legendary and, for decades, an actual musical style originated in the United States in the early 20th century in the heart of the New Orleans.
Since then, music lovers have been blessed with soulful, skillful and often improvised melodies and the wonderful velvet voices of singers such as Frank Sinatra or Louis Armstrong. And these are just a few of them. Today we invite you to dive into history and remember the most iconic names that have made jazz such an iconic genre!
A real jazz diva, Sarah Vaughan enchanted listeners with her pure beauty of sound and supple ingenuity. Her striking combination of sensuality and technical prowess earned her the nickname "Divine.". At the same time, her fellow musicians, impressed by her confidence, nicknamed Sarah "Daring.".
An able pianist as well as a singer, she came of age with bebop pioneers, recording with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, who deeply admired her. But since the '50s, her luxurious voice, with its four-octave range and operatic mobility, has caught the attention of pop industry. For most of her career, Sarah has oscillated between two worlds, winning the middle ground through albums of dreamy string ballads, and captivating jazz fans with her swing and skillful phrasing.
Even those who know little about jazz know the name Frank Sinatra. As a child, he loved to perform, joining the chorus and entertaining gawkers in local nightclubs with his singing. It is said that his main idol was another great jazz singer. Bing Crosby.
Sinatra rose to fame through radio and began recording in the 1930s. He had a successful solo career, performing jazz hits and more. He later formed the famous "Rat Pack." and began his acting career. In all, his career spanned more than 50 years and left us with a sea of music and productions to enjoy forever.
The trumpeter's unique vocals and talent brought a new dimension to improvisation Armstrong: For example, in his magnificent song "West End Blues." Louie's festive-sounding instrumentation creates a dance of sizzling emotion!
Armstrong had. difficult childhood: He finally dropped out of school in the fifth grade to work, and later ended up in a homeless shelter. But as a result, Louis became one of jazz music's most influential performers. His fifty-year career included playing the cornet, singing catchy jazz hits and appearing in Hollywood movies. Ah, yes: and millions sold out copies all over the world, of course!
Billie Holiday was a brilliant improviser. Her ability to give an ordinary pop melody a new subtle shape and depth of meaning made her a true jazz singer. She remains perhaps the best. Her juvenile recordings from the '30s are still the benchmark for jazz vocalists.
The Cruel Life of her early years, combined with debilitating addiction, filled Holiday's voice with a sense of pain and sadness that seemed to permeate all her recordings and give them added meaning...
In addition to her infectious approach to song, the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald demonstrated incredible improvisation skills! Jazz lovers loved the spectacle of Ella storming through such improvised masterpieces live, accompanied only by the rhythm section, as "Mack the Knife." and "How High the Moon". Her sparkling energy, inventiveness and stirring voice literally suffocated the audience... Her songs capture a life dedicated to performance and the conviction that joy is the essence of jazz.
One of the most popular jazz singers in history, Fitzgerald won 13 Grammy Awards in her lifetime and sold over 40 million albums! Not only did she achieve incredible solo success, but she also worked alongside some of the best icons of the time, including Frank Sinatra.
Singer, dancer and costumer, Cab Calloway was a true master of the jazz party! His flamboyant personality eclipsed his reputation as the leader of one of the best bands of the swing era. Throughout the 1930s and '40s, Calloway's orchestra accompanied his outrageous vocal performances and boasted many talentsThe tenorist Chu Berry, drummer Cosy Cole, bassist Milt Hinton, trumpeter Joe Jones, and many more!
Calloway performed until his death in 1994, that is, even at a solid At the age of 80.! And in the 80's he also appeared in the movie "Blues Brothers" as an old jazzman making a living as a janitor.
One of those rare singers whose personality can be recognized by a single note, Peggy Lee - a simple girl who grew up on a farm in North Dakota - perfected the art of sensual minimalism.
Her career began in the swing era as a singer in the band Benny Goodmanbut she soon became in demand as a solo performer. Lee released many undying jazz hits, including the classic "Fever" 1958.