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IMPORTANT ARTISTS & SELECT DISCOGRAPHY

Some artists represented here may actually be of more historic importance in a sociological sense: as pace, style, or trendsetters, which may or may not exceed their historic importance as instrumentalists, composers, arrangers, bandleaders, or singers. They can be selected alphabetically by last name or sorted by instrument (left). Selecting Ten Trailblazers will render a list of ten of jazz's most important innovators. Each selection includes a brief bio, suggested CD, and link for further information.


Names
Pepper Adams
Nat Adderley
Cannonball Adderly
Red Allen
Mose Allison
Gene Ammons  (Jug)
Ray Anderson
Louis Armstrong  (Satchmo / Satch / Pops)
Albert Ayler
Chet Baker
Ray Baretto
Kenny Barron
Gary Bartz
Count Basie
Sidney Bechet
Bix Beiderbecke
Louie Bellson
Tony Bennett
George Benson
Chu Berry
Barney Bigard
Ed Blackwell
Eubie Blake
Art Blakey
Terence Blanchard
Jimmy Blanton
Hamiet Bluiett
Buddy Bolden
Lester Bowie
Anthony Braxton
Michael Brecker
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Clifford Brown  (Brownie)
Ray Brown
Lawrence Brown
Dave Brubeck
Kenny Burrell
Gary Burton
Don Byas
Don Byron
Harry Carney
Benny Carter
James Carter
John Carter
Betty Carter  (Betty Bebop)
Regina Carter
Sid Catlett
Paul Chambers
Don Cherry
Charlie Christian
Kenny Clarke  (Klook / Liaqat Ali Salaam)
Buck Clayton
Nat King Cole
Cozy Cole
Ornette Coleman
Steve Coleman
John Coltrane  (Trane)
Chick Corea
Richard Davis
Miles Davis
Eddie Davis  (Lockjaw)
Bill Davison  (Wild Bill)
Joey DeFrancesco
Buddy DeFranco
Jack DeJohnette
Paul Desmond
Vic Dickenson
Warren Dodds  (Baby)
Johnny Dodds
Eric Dolphy
Kenny Dorham
Paquito D'Rivera
Eddie Durham
Charles Earland
Harry Edison  (Sweets)
Roy Eldridge  (Little Jazz)
Duke Ellington
Herb Ellis
Bill Evans
Herschel Evans
Jon Faddis
Tal Farlow
Art Farmer
Maynard Ferguson
Ella Fitzgerald  (First Lady of Song)
Tommy Flanagan
George Foster  (Pops)
Bud Freeman
Curtis Fuller
Erroll Garner
Jimmy Garrison
Stan Getz
Terry Gibbs
Dizzy Gillespie
Paul Gonsalves
Jerry Gonzalez
Benny Goodman
Dexter Gordon
Wycliffe Gordon
Stephane Grappelli
Freddie Green
Grant Green
Sonny Greer
Al Grey
Johnny Griffin  (Little Giant)
Charlie Haden
Jim Hall
Herbie Hancock
Roy Hargrove
Eddie Harris
Barry Harris
Bill Harris
Stefon Harris
Billy Hart
Johnny Hartman
Coleman Hawkins  (Hawk / Bean)
Roy Haynes
J.C. Heard
Jimmy Heath
Percy Heath
Joe Henderson
Jon Hendricks
J.C. Higginbotham
Billy Higgins
Earl Hines  (Fatha)
Milt Hinton
Johnny Hodges
Billie Holiday  (Lady Day)
Dave Holland
Shirley Horn
Freddie Hubbard
Helen Humes
Bobby Hutcherson
Milt Jackson
Quentin Jackson  (Butter)
Illinois Jacquet
Ahmad Jamal
Keith Jarrett
Eddie Jefferson
Leroy Jenkins
Budd Johnson
James P. Johnson
Pete Johnson
J.J. Johnson
Howard Johnson
Elvin Jones
Jo Jones  (Papa)
Joe Jones  (Philly)
Etta Jones
Sheila Jordan
Louis Jordan
Wynton Kelly
Freddie Keppard
Barney Kessel
John Kirby
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Lee Konitz
Gene Krupa
Steve Lacy
Scott LaFaro
Oliver Lake
Eddie Lang
Yusef Lateef
Hubert Laws
George Lewis
John Lewis
Abbey Lincoln
Joe Lovano
Herbie Mann
Branford Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Christian McBride
Jack McDuff
Jimmy McGriff
Al McKibbon
John McLaughlin
Jackie McLean
Marian McPartland
Carmen McRae
Pat Metheny
James Miley  (Bubber)
Roscoe Mitchell
Hank Mobley
Thelonious Monk
Wes Montgomery
James Moody
Airto Moreira
Lee Morgan
Jelly Roll Morton
Don Moye
Gerry Mulligan
David Murray
Sunny Murray
Ray Nance
Joe Nanton  (Tricky Sam)
Lewis Nash
Fats Navarro
James Newton
Joe Oliver  (King)
Edward Ory  (Kid)
Oran Page  (Hot Lips)
Walter Page
Charlie Parker  (Bird / Yardbird)
Joe Pass
Jaco Pastorious
Nicholas Payton
Art Pepper
Charli Persip
Oscar Peterson
Oscar Pettiford
Jean-Luc Ponty
Bud Powell
Don Pullen
Joshua Redman
Django Reinhardt
Buddy Rich
Sam Rivers
Max Roach
Sonny Rollins
Frank Rosolino
Charlie Rouse
Jimmy Rushing  (Mr. Five by Five)
Pee Wee Russell
Pharoah Sanders
Mongo Santamaria
Artie Shaw
Woody Shaw
George Shearing
Wayne Shorter
Horace Silver
Zoot Sims
Frank Sinatra  (Ol' Blue Eyes)
Zutty Singleton
Jimmy Smith
Willie Smith
Willie Smith  (The Lion)
Hezekiah Leroy Smith  (Stuff)
Leroy Stewart  (Slam)
Rex Stewart
Bob Stewart
Sonny Stitt
Art Tatum
Billy Taylor
Cecil Taylor
Art Taylor
Jack Teagarden
Clark Terry
Toots Thielemans
Leon Thomas
Cal Tjader
Mel Torme  (The Velvet Frog)
Dave Tough
Lennie Tristano
Frank Trumbauer
Joe Turner  (Big Joe)
Steve Turre
McCoy Tyner
Chucho Valdes
Sarah Vaughan  (Sassy / The Divine One)
Joe Venuti
Fats Waller
Cedar Walton
Wilbur Ware
Dinah Washington  (Queen of the Blues)
Grover Washington, Jr.
Julius Watkins
Doug Watkins
Jeff Watts  (Tain)
Chick Webb
Ben Webster
Dicky Wells
Frank Wess
Randy Weston
Mary Lou Williams
Claude Williams  (Fiddler)
Tony Williams
Joe Williams
Cootie Williams
Cassandra Wilson
Teddy Wilson
Jimmy Witherspoon
Britt Woodman
Phil Woods
Reggie Workman
Lester Young  (Prez)
Trummy Young
Larry Young  (Khalid Yasin)
Joe Zawinul
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