Ten Best Jazz Artists

The Ten Best Jazz Artists

Jazz is a highly creative, ever changing form of music. It's been around from the early 20th century, and it continues to evolve even now. The following is a list of my favorite jazz artists and some of their best albums. Enjoy.

1. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue. This album has been called the definitive jazz album. Bringing together such greats as John Coltrane and Bill Evans, Miles Davis redefines jazz.

2. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme. Coltrane makes not only a profound spiritual statement with this album, his musical statement matches the depths of greatness.

3. Thelonius Monk: Monk's Music. On this album you'll find Thelonius Monk at his best, accompanied by John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins.

4. Louis Armstrong: Louis Armstrong and the Dukes of Dixieland. By colloborating with the Dukes of Dixieland, Louis Armstrong is able to stand out and shine on this album.

5. Billie Holliday: Lady In Satin. Released in 1958, this album still attracts a multitude of followers with its heartfelt singing. 

6. Chick Corea: Light As A Feather. With a variety of styles and unfluences, the multi-dimensional Chick Corea makes it hard to pick one favorite album. Stll, with the jazz fusion style he is famous for, this is a great album.

7. Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Fitzgerald sings the Cole Porter Songbook. Her strong voice stands out beautifully, as she performs some of the greatest jazz music.

8. Wynton Marsalis: Thick in the South. This album expresses exactly why Wynton Marsalis is one of the greatest jazz musicians.

9. Duke Ellington: Ellington Uptown. One of the most prominent figures in american jazz, Duke Ellington helped bring jazz to an artform.

10. Herbie Hancock: Possibilities. A fantastic colloboration of many artists, this album brings jazz to younger generations.


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sinela 6 years ago from Romania


Great Hub!!! I really enjoy it. Lots of info and nice structure.

Good luck!

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Lovely read, well done and just filled to the brim with memories.

Blessings and Hugs

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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

What else can I say, but "thank you"? :-)

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

All you have listed are my all time favorites list. I'm going to go and pull out Billy Holliday:Lady in Satin right now. I haven't listened to that album in a few months now. Thanks for the reminder.

awesome hub about the greats

kindest regards Zsuzsy

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Russell-D 6 years ago from Southern Ca.

So many add-on possibilities come to mind, that the list could easily go into the 100s. From Armstrong's day, Buster Bailey and Edmond Hall on Clarinet, Teagarden, trumpeter Harry "Sweets", who sometimes backed Lady Day and definitely played behind Ella. Teddy Wilson of Holiday and Goodman fame, the Count.......etall, all the way to Dave Brubeck, Mulligan, Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers, Michel LaGrand, Getz... it do go on, which is why I hate to make "Best" lists. They're usually only best to you. David Russell

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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Thanks every one, for stopping by.

I agree Russell-D, the "best" lists are only the best to the person writing... someone always gets forgotten or missed. You mention more of the greats. It could have easily been a best 100.


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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

Great list of Jazz artists. Thank you.

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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba

I have never really listened to Jazz, but I should go out and get myself an education.

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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

LeanMan, the internet makes it easy to expand your musical horizons.

Namaste friends.

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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

I love jazz and I have a feeling I'm going to be constantly listening to the artists you mentioned this year because I'll be in the jazz ensemble in school. Thanks for this Hub. I'm sure it'll come in handy for me.

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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Hey kaltopsyd, good luck in the jazz ensemble. Hope you enjoy it. And thanks for reading.


TIMOTHY IJIOLA 6 years ago

jazz is part of my life...and thats all i do all this years..kudos to the inventors of jazz music!!!

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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Thanks for stopping by Timothy.


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Florida Guy 6 years ago

Hi :-)

Loved your Hub.Thumb up my friend.

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nabin sherpa 5 years ago

wow great jazz heros

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