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12th Aug '16 7:12:12 PM Doug86
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Jazz itself probably started out in a small band format in many different cities throughout the US, most famously New Orleans. It became the most popular type of music in the US in its BigBand format (10-30 musicians) during the [[TheRoaringTwenties Twenties]] to [[WorldWarII Forties]]. Then it evolved into a multitude of different styles, pretty much all of which were played by small bands (duos to octets), starting out with Bebop. The emphasis also changed back to playing more in jazz clubs and having fewer concerts (with some important exceptions, such as the Newport Jazz Festival). The ascension of pop music and RockAndRoll in TheFifties led to the fading of jazz's popularity. Jazz today has, for the most part, a sizable but 'cult' following. Somewhat amusingly (and probably shockingly to the original founders of the genre), jazz has become "respectable" music thanks to the development of technical artistry; jazz is now taught alongside ClassicalMusic in many university music departments across the US--unheard-of for any other genre.

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Jazz itself probably started out in a small band format in many different cities throughout the US, most famously New Orleans. It became the most popular type of music in the US in its BigBand format (10-30 musicians) during the [[TheRoaringTwenties Twenties]] to [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Forties]]. Then it evolved into a multitude of different styles, pretty much all of which were played by small bands (duos to octets), starting out with Bebop. The emphasis also changed back to playing more in jazz clubs and having fewer concerts (with some important exceptions, such as the Newport Jazz Festival). The ascension of pop music and RockAndRoll in TheFifties led to the fading of jazz's popularity. Jazz today has, for the most part, a sizable but 'cult' following. Somewhat amusingly (and probably shockingly to the original founders of the genre), jazz has become "respectable" music thanks to the development of technical artistry; jazz is now taught alongside ClassicalMusic in many university music departments across the US--unheard-of for any other genre.
17th Jul '16 12:30:16 AM karstovich2
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* Music/DjangoReinhardt: The first non-American jazz innovator, and one of the most influential guitar players of the 20th century. With the Quartet/Quintet of the Hot Club of France, he replicated swing with an all-string ensemble, inventing the sub-genre known as Gypsy Jazz.

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* Music/DjangoReinhardt: The first non-American jazz innovator, and one of the most influential guitar players of the 20th century. With the Quartet/Quintet of the ''Quartette/Quintette du Hot Club of France, du France'', he replicated swing with an all-string ensemble, inventing and, by combining this with some influences from Roma music (Reinhardt being Roma), created the sub-genre known as Gypsy Jazz.
23rd Apr '16 4:50:04 PM CassandraLeo
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* Music/{{Chicago}}: Started out as examples of this and ProgressiveRock; moved more towards pop later on.


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* Music/SteelyDan: One of the best known and most acclaimed jazz-rock bands of the '70s.
3rd Mar '16 2:30:43 AM derry667
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* Music/TheCatEmpire: jazz/latin/ska/funk/indie fusion band from UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}} UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} with emphasis on the ''fusion'' aspect. They also throw in rock, reggae and hip-hop elements when it suits them.

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* Music/TheCatEmpire: jazz/latin/ska/funk/indie jazz/latin/ska/funk/soul/indie fusion band from UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}} UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} with emphasis on the ''fusion'' aspect. They also throw in rock, reggae and hip-hop elements when it suits them.
17th Jan '16 12:48:43 PM guyguyguy
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* Wayne Shorter: together with Sonny, one of Bebop's last living legends, a saxophonist that was and remains very influential as a member of Miles Davis' group, the seminal jazz-rock band Weather Report and as a solo performer.

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* Wayne Shorter: together with Sonny, one of Bebop's last living legends, a saxophonist that was and remains very influential as a member of Miles Davis' group, the seminal jazz-rock band Weather Report Music/WeatherReport and as a solo performer.



* Weather Report: A jazz fusion band formed by keyboardist Joe Zawinul and the aforementioned Wayne Shorter, both members of Miles Davis' jazz fusion-era quartet. Among the band's best known recordings is the Grammy nominated 1977 album ''Heavy Weather'', one of the best selling jazz fusion records of all time. During the late 70's and early 80's, the band's lineup famously included...

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* Weather Report: Music/WeatherReport: A jazz fusion band formed by keyboardist Joe Zawinul and the aforementioned Wayne Shorter, both members of Miles Davis' jazz fusion-era quartet. Among the band's best known recordings is the Grammy nominated 1977 album ''Heavy Weather'', one of the best selling jazz fusion records of all time. During the late 70's and early 80's, the band's lineup famously included...
12th Jan '16 3:54:17 PM Scabbard
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* Music/BillieHoliday - Also known as "Lady Day", she is possibly one of the most famous jazz and blues vocalists of all time. Much emulated, her tragic life is as well known as her talent. She is often depicted in media, and even has a cult classic biopic starring Diana Ross. "Strange Fruit" by Abel Meeropol, her signature song, brought attention to the lynchings of blacks in the Deep South, and was voted by Time Magazine as the greatest song of the 20th century.

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* Music/BillieHoliday - Music/BillieHoliday: Also known as "Lady Day", she is possibly one of the most famous jazz and blues vocalists of all time. Much emulated, her tragic life is as well known as her talent. She is often depicted in media, and even has a cult classic biopic starring Diana Ross. "Strange Fruit" by Abel Meeropol, her signature song, brought attention to the lynchings of blacks in the Deep South, and was voted by Time Magazine as the greatest song of the 20th century.
18th Sep '15 9:41:59 PM Herbieriffer
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* Music/CaravanPalace, which mixes traditional gypsy-style jazz with Daft Punk-style house and techno.
20th Jul '15 5:44:28 AM HasturHasturHastur
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** Jaco Pastorius: Widely considered to be the most innovative bass player ever. Pretty much every modern jazz bassist cites him as a major influence.

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** Jaco Pastorius: Widely considered to be the most innovative bass player ever. Pretty much every modern jazz bassist cites him as a major influence. Also pioneered the use of fretless electric bass, and anyone who plays one owes a huge debt to him and will tell you as much.
5th Jul '15 11:26:02 AM carlfox
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* Brand X: A jazz fusion group whose best known member was Music/PhilCollins, although his participation dropped off once he became the lead singer of Music/{{Genesis}}. The core members were also [[Music/ProgressiveRock progressive rock]] veterans, John Goodsall (Atomic Rooster) and Percy Jones (Soft Machine).
6th Jun '15 12:03:01 AM Random888
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* Music/VinceGuaraldi: A famous jazz pianist who is most famous for his scores for the early [[/index]]''ComicStrip/Peanuts''[[index]] animated specials. For instance, his ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' soundtrack has become a perennial holiday classic and many kids' first introduction to jazz. Despite his fame for the Peanuts score, his style was heavily influenced by Afro-Cuban Jazz and Brazilian music. Before he died, his later Peanuts scores experimented with harpsichord, Hammond organ, hard bop, fusion, and funk.

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* Music/VinceGuaraldi: A famous jazz pianist who is most famous for his scores for the early [[/index]]''ComicStrip/Peanuts''[[index]] [[/index]]''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''[[index]] animated specials. For instance, his ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'' soundtrack has become a perennial holiday classic and many kids' first introduction to jazz. Despite his fame for the Peanuts score, his style was heavily influenced by Afro-Cuban Jazz and Brazilian music. Before he died, his later Peanuts scores experimented with harpsichord, Hammond organ, hard bop, fusion, and funk.
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