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* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own polyrhythmic style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs, but he's also done his own highly creative versions of tracks by Music/TheKinks, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheVerve, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/MassiveAttack, Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/TheBeatles -- and that's just on ''one album'' (the admittedly four-disc ''10 Years Solo Live'', which also had room for standards, Mehldau's own compositions and pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms). Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-{{Beatles}} popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his literate, ruminative liner notes but has now become a bit of a Living Master. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek Chris Thile]].

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* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own polyrhythmic style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs, but he's also done his own highly creative versions of tracks by Music/TheKinks, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheVerve, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/MassiveAttack, Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/TheBeatles -- and that's just on ''one album'' (the admittedly four-disc ''10 Years Solo Live'', which also had room for standards, Mehldau's own compositions and pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms). Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-{{Beatles}} post-TheBeatles popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his literate, ruminative liner notes but has now become a bit of a Living Master. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek Chris Thile]].
10th Feb '17 1:44:38 AM 06tele
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* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own polyrhythmic style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs, but he's also done his own highly creative versions of tracks by Music/TheKinks, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheVerve, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/MassiveAttack, Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/TheBeatles -- and that's just on ''one album'' (the admittedly four-disc ''10 Years Solo Live'', which also had room for standards, Mehldau's own compositions and pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms). Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-{{Beatles}} popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his literate, ruminative liner notes but has now become a bit of a Living Master. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek Chris Thile]].



* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs, but he's also done his own highly creative versions of tracks by Music/TheKinks, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheVerve, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/MassiveAttack, Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/TheBeatles -- and that's just on ''one album'' (the admittedly four-disc ''10 Years Solo Live'', which also had room for standards, Mehldau's own compositions and pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms). Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-{{Beatles}} popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his literate, ruminative liner notes but has now become a bit of a Living Master. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek Chris Thile]].

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* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs, but he's also done his own highly creative versions of tracks by Music/TheKinks, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheVerve, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/MassiveAttack, Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/TheBeatles -- and that's just on ''one album'' (the admittedly four-disc ''10 Years Solo Live'', which also had room for standards, Mehldau's own compositions and pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms). Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-{{Beatles}} popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his literate, ruminative liner notes but has now become a bit of a Living Master. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek Chris Thile]].




* Music/FrankSinatra

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* Music/FrankSinatraMusic/FrankSinatra: Again, not normally considered a jazz singer, but an enormous influence on jazz musicians for the intelligence of his phrasing and his commitment to the emotional content of a song. His 1946 recording of "Sweet Lorraine" with the Metronome All-Stars is basically a jazz supergroup: besides Sinatra on vocals, the band features Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax, Johnny Hodges on alto, Harry Carney on baritone sax, Nat King Cole on piano and Buddy Rich on drums.
10th Feb '17 1:34:07 AM 06tele
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* Music/CharlesMingus: The ''angry'' man of jazz, absolutely brilliant and over-opinionated in every place that counted. Known for taking pot shots at other jazz musicians, being an outspoken social activist, inspiring The Who to trash their instruments on stage, and writing a [[http://www.mingusmingusmingus.com/Mingus/cat_training.html guide for how to toilet-train cats.]] Also one of the great jazz composers after Duke Ellington (who he cited as a major influence), writing longer, more complex compositions that seamlessly brought together blues and more avant-garde influences (as a teenager growing up in Watts, Los Angeles, he studied Schoenberg and Stravinsky alongside Ellington) in addition to more conventional jazz "tunes" based on 16- or 32-bar progressions. He's the first- and only, so far - jazz musician to have his entire (gigantic) catalog acquired by the Library of Congress.

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* Music/CharlesMingus: The Double bass player, composer and bandleader, the ''angry'' man of jazz, absolutely brilliant and over-opinionated in every place that counted. Known for taking pot shots at other jazz musicians, being an outspoken social activist, inspiring The Who to trash their instruments on stage, and writing a [[http://www.mingusmingusmingus.com/Mingus/cat_training.html guide for how to toilet-train cats.]] Also one of the great jazz composers after Duke Ellington (who he cited as a major influence), writing longer, more complex compositions that seamlessly brought together blues and more avant-garde influences (as a teenager growing up in Watts, Los Angeles, he studied Schoenberg and Stravinsky alongside Ellington) in addition to more conventional jazz "tunes" based on 16- or 32-bar progressions. He's He was the first- and only, so far - first jazz musician to have his entire (gigantic) catalog acquired by the Library of Congress.
10th Feb '17 1:31:21 AM 06tele
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* Music/LawrenceWelk

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10th Feb '17 1:27:45 AM 06tele
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* Paul Whiteman: Known as the "King of Jazz", Whiteman was one of the first white bandleaders and helped to bring jazz to mainstream attention. Having been trained as a classical violinist, he received some criticism from other classical musicians for "playing below himself", while some black musicians felt he was becoming famous by copying their style. Nonetheless, he helped to introduce the style to white audiences and did his best to give credit to black musicians whenever he could.
* Music/LouisArmstrong: A massively influential jazz musician, played the trumpet and cornet, and engaged in a fifty-year career in jazz. He is considered the inventor of many basic elements of jazz, including scat singing but chiefly improvisation: he's the first great jazz soloist to have been recorded. His later records aren't really jazz but are still highly enjoyable; his recordings from the late 1920s, made when he was already a veteran musician in his own late twenties, are essential listening.

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* Paul Whiteman: Known to the public as the "King of Jazz", Jazz" -- mainly because [[SmallNameBigEgo that's what he called himself]] -- Whiteman was one of the first white bandleaders bandleaders, and helped to bring jazz to mainstream attention. Having been trained as a classical violinist, he received some criticism from other classical musicians for "playing below himself", while some black musicians felt he was becoming famous by copying their style. Nonetheless, he helped to introduce the style to white audiences and did his best to give credit to black musicians whenever he could.
could. His influence on later jazz is negligible, mainly because he [[ComicallyMissingThePoint thought jazz would be a lot better if you took out all that pesky improvisation]].[[note]]Duke Ellington once said of him "Paul Whiteman was known as the King of Jazz, and no one as yet has come near carrying that title with more certainty and dignity", which from Ellington was a StealthInsult, since it says nothing about Whiteman's talent and is only a comment on his opinion of himself.[[/note]]
* Music/LouisArmstrong: The true king of jazz, if ever there was one. A massively influential jazz musician, played the trumpet and cornet, and engaged in cornet player who had a fifty-year career in jazz. career. To say that Armstrong had an influence on later jazz is like saying that Moses had an influence on Judaism. He is considered the inventor codifier of many basic elements of jazz, including scat singing but chiefly improvisation: he's the first great jazz soloist to have been recorded. His later records aren't really jazz but are still highly enjoyable; his recordings from the late 1920s, made when he was already a veteran musician in his own late twenties, are essential listening.
7th Feb '17 4:08:51 PM 04tele
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* Keith Jarrett: American pianist who started out playing with Art Blakey and who worked for a while with Music/MilesDavis but who in the 1970s became famous for his extended, rapturous solo concerts in which he would improvise continually for over an hour, incorporating into jazz aspects of classical music, folk, blues, gospel and other genres. The most famous document of this is his classic 1975 album ''The Köln Concert'', which has become the best-selling solo album in jazz history, and deservedly so, as it's both inspired and enormously listenable (provided you're willing to listen to one guy play improvised piano for an hour.) Has gone on to make other solo albums, many of them equally great if not as celebrated, some incorporating more classical influences; has also recorded classical works, and played in a trio format. Has suffered from ill health for years, notably chronic fatigue syndrome, which almost prevented him from playing music at all for a while; is also notably intolerant of audience noise, the point that cough drops are issued to his audiences. His dark skin and Afro-style hair have caused him to be frequently mistaken for an African-American, even by other African-American musicians such as Ornette Coleman, but he's actually of white ethnicity.
7th Feb '17 3:58:59 PM 04tele
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* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs. Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-{{Beatles}} popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his quasi-philosophical liner notes and interviews so he more or less stopped doing both. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek Chris Thile]].

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* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs.songs, but he's also done his own highly creative versions of tracks by Music/TheKinks, Music/StoneTemplePilots, Music/TheVerve, Music/PinkFloyd, Music/MassiveAttack, Music/{{Nirvana}} and Music/TheBeatles -- and that's just on ''one album'' (the admittedly four-disc ''10 Years Solo Live'', which also had room for standards, Mehldau's own compositions and pieces by Music/JohannesBrahms). Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-{{Beatles}} popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his quasi-philosophical literate, ruminative liner notes and interviews so he more or less stopped doing both.but has now become a bit of a Living Master. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek Chris Thile]].
6th Feb '17 4:39:52 AM 06tele
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* Brad Mehldau: Floridian pianist who started out as a sideman but soon developed his own style and made a series of albums in the 90s called ''The Art of the Trio'' in which he blended classical-derived technique with improvisation. Particularly known for his interpretations of rock songs: he is a big fan of Music/{{Radiohead}} and has covered several of their songs. Rather than just solo over reharmonised versions of popular songs, he tends to break down the song structure and come up with new variations on the spot; has been acclaimed as the first jazz musician to successfully incorporate post-{{Beatles}} popular music into jazz. Had a drug problem in the 90s but successfully cleaned up. Very brainy, interested in philosophy and literature, used to get mocked for his quasi-philosophical liner notes and interviews so he more or less stopped doing both. Most recently collaborated with bluegrass mandolinist [[NickelCreek Chris Thile]].
18th Dec '16 2:52:43 PM HasturHasturHastur
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* Chano Pozo: A short-lived but highly influential Afro-Cuban percussionist best known for his work in Dizzy Gillespie's various outfits, where he played a crucial role in the establishment of Latin jazz. A heavy drinker and brawler, he was shot dead at the age of 33; while there are multiple stories about why he was killed, the prevailing one is that he threatened a marijuana dealer who he thought ripped him off.

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* Chano Pozo: A short-lived but highly influential Afro-Cuban percussionist best known for his work in Dizzy Gillespie's various outfits, where he played a crucial role in the establishment of Latin jazz. A heavy drinker and brawler, he was shot dead at the age of 33; while there are multiple stories about why he was killed, the prevailing one is that he threatened a marijuana drug dealer who he thought had ripped him off.



* John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie: Trumpet player and singer from North Carolina, probably the most virtuosic trumpeter in jazz history, known for his brilliant and powerful tone and terrifying speed; Miles Davis devised his own style of playing trumpet precisely because he couldn't play like Gillespie. One of the founding fathers of bebop, wrote many important compositions and also brought Afro-Cuban influences into jazz. Famous for his ebullient and often comic onstage persona, which has harmed his reputation among people who think jazz musicians should never smile; also for his peculiar habit of inflating his cheeks while playing, and for his strangely-shaped trumpet. His tireless gigging and infectious enthusiasm probably did more than anyone else to popularise bebop and establish it as the foundation of mainstream jazz.

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* John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie: Trumpet player and singer from North Carolina, probably the most virtuosic trumpeter in jazz history, known for his brilliant and powerful tone and terrifying speed; Miles Davis devised his own style of playing trumpet precisely because he couldn't play like Gillespie. One of the founding fathers of bebop, wrote many important compositions and also brought Afro-Cuban influences into jazz.jazz[[note]]with the help of Chano Pozo, who is mentioned above[[/note]]. Famous for his ebullient and often comic onstage persona, which has harmed his reputation among people who think jazz musicians should never smile; also for his peculiar habit of inflating his cheeks while playing, and for his strangely-shaped trumpet. His tireless gigging and infectious enthusiasm probably did more than anyone else to popularise bebop and establish it as the foundation of mainstream jazz.
18th Dec '16 8:57:41 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* Music/{{Cynic}}: Progressive metal/fusion act that started out as technical thrash before taking a softer, more adventurous turn that went on to heavily influence a wide variety of acts and later went in a more rock-oriented direction.



* Exivious; Dutch instrumental progressive metal/jazz fusion act that leans more towards the fusion side of the equation but still has a subtle metallic undercurrent.

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* Exivious; Exivious: Dutch instrumental progressive metal/jazz fusion act that leans more towards the fusion side of the equation but still has a subtle metallic undercurrent.


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