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Ten Best Jazz Artists

Updated on April 17, 2012
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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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      nabin sherpa 

      7 years ago

      wow great jazz heros

    • thesimplefineline profile image


      8 years ago


      GREAT HUB !! THANKS !!

    • Florida Guy profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi :-)

      Loved your Hub.Thumb up my friend.

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thanks for stopping by Timothy.


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      8 years ago

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

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

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


    • kaltopsyd profile image


      8 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.

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

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

      Namaste friends.

    • LeanMan profile image


      8 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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      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      Great list of Jazz artists. Thank you.

    • Deborah Demander profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      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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      8 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

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 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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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

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

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      8 years ago

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

      Blessings and Hugs

    • sinela profile image


      8 years ago from Romania


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

      Good luck!


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