Jazz is not a new musical style, but it has been very popular since its inception. Jazz was first recorded in the 1920s and evolved through the years into many different styles, including rock, blues, reggae, soul, classical, pop, and country. While jazz is played in many different settings and in different musical forms, it has one thing in common. Jazz music is not only about music. It has a lot to do with timing, rhythm, melody, harmony, and personality.
Jazz music was originated by Duke Ellington, who later named his style after a word that he heard on the radio. At the age of eight, Ellington started piano lessons and, at the same time, had joined a jazz band called the Washingtonians, which later became a band called the Chess brothers. In 1920, the band expanded, adding musicians like trombone player Tricky Sam Norton, clarinet player Teddy Roosevelt Taylor, bass player Sonny Greer, and drummer Tommy Dorsey. By the time of the Chess Brothers' next album, Jazz, the band already consisted of more than one hundred musicians.
In addition to playing on several popular records, Ellington also had many compositions recorded by various different artists. This includes tracks by the Blue Moon Boys, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Jordan, Count Five, Jelly Roll Morton, Muffin Men, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Domino, Art Tatum, and Louis Prima. He also wrote several of his own songs and was an accomplished pianist. He was instrumental in developing the electric piano and he was known for his finger picking technique. His playing included blues, rock, gospel, jazz, pop, and country.
Although he was often compared to jazz by those who did not listen to it, Ellington did not come up with the name "jazz" until he had a discussion with a colleague. The colleague said that "jazz" sounded nice. and Ellington replied, "I wish someone would call it something else." Although the term "jazz" may have originated in Ellington's mind, it was actually a shortened version of "jiving," which was what the early musicians were doing.
Jazz was born when Ellington played his trumpets with great dexterity and the rhythm section added to the sound of their brass instruments. The jazz style of playing was developed by Louis Armstrong and was later adopted by many other music stars, including Count Five. By the 1930s, Duke was using the blues as well, but he did not make any great contributions to that style.
It was the popularity of jazz that encouraged the music recording industry to record the style of jazz. During this time, many musicians who were not jazz musicians were also recording their own versions of jazz. Many of these recordings became jazz standards and played on many different radio stations around the country.
Duke Ellington was able to continue to record with several different musicians and record the same album over again. This allowed him to develop his musical style as a jazz musician. He continued to play the same band but by adding another group of musicians to the group and played a mixture of both jazz and blues.
He is perhaps best known as a trumpeter who recorded some of his best work during the 1930s. He was a popular performer in jazz circles but never achieved the popularity that he once enjoyed during his lifetime. Jazz was a movement that was influenced by many different sources including Duke Ellington's playing and the invention of modern recording technology.
Ellington died in 1970 at the age of fifty-nine. His death was due to complications from diabetes and heart disease. His last recorded album was called 'Horn", which was produced by Art Blakey, an artist from the New Orleans Jazz scene.
Although Duke Ellington did not achieve the fame and success of some of the other jazz musicians of his time, he has left a lasting impression on a wide audience through his recordings. In fact, his recordings are still being sold today and heard by people all over the world. Ellington's music has been remastered and re-recorded hundreds of times over the years. He is still being covered by many of today's most popular music artists.
Today, Duke Ellington continues to be a well-loved figure in jazz circles, thanks to many of his recordings. His name remains synonymous with great jazz. Although he did not become as popular as some of the jazz legends of his day, he will always be remembered for his quality of sound and his skill as a trumpet player. His talent, hard work, and loyalty to his music will live on in the music he created.