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Playing jazz is an art, and if I'm not saying it right, the improvisations and original compositions from Harlem and Broadway will convince you.
‘Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny’. Said jazz enthusiast Frank Zappa. More poetically, Joël A. Rogers in Le Nouveau Noir declared that jazz is ‘the revolt of emotion against repression’. But to put an end to this rain of quotes, I will retain that of Stéphane Grappelli: ‘ Jazz is what allows us to escape from everyday life.’
Jazz is in Linkaband's blood. We have this in common: breaking up everyday life with live music. That's why today we present to you this timeless style and its singers of yesterday as of today ! To listen to jazz live in the best conditions.
For your crossword clues, the charming singer tending towards jazz is also called the Crooner. The Crooner is a pretty little nickname given by Americans to male singers of jazz standards, mainly from the Great American Songbook, backed by a full orchestra, big band or piano. But fortunately, mores are changing and today, ladies, your voices sublimate jazz more than ever!
Originally it was an ironic term for a sentimental style of singing made possible by the use of microphones. Some performers, such as Russ Columbo, have not accepted the term: Frank Sinatra once said that he did not consider himself or Bing Crosby "crooners".
This dominant popular vocal style coincided with the advent of radio broadcasting and electric recording. Before the advent of the microphone, popular singers like Al Jolson had to project themselves into the back seats of a theater, much like opera singers, resulting in a very loud vocal style.
The microphone made the more personal style possible. Al Bowlly, Gene Austin, Art Gillham and, by some historical accounts, Vaughn De Leath are often credited as inventors of the singing style, but Rudy Vallée achieved more widespread popularity, beginning in 1928; it could be heard by anyone with a phonograph or radio.
As Michel Sardou said, the jazz singer is above all a rhymester. A timeless charm that still sublimates our most intimate evenings today!
The singer particularly in jazz, does not go unnoticed, their facial features constitute the facade of the industry. Even today, without being a big fan of the musical style, you will recognize the following names between American Jazz Singer or English Jazz Singer.
He is one of the rare artists to have become the face of a music style. A genius trumpeter, Louis Armstrong, an artist from New Orleans was also a singer, composer and conductor. He created scat, a jazzy style of singing that uses onomatopoeia instead of words.
Duke Ellington is a jazz pianist and composer known for his famous big band orchestra. He has recorded numerous records with his bands and given many concerts all over the world. He is one of the most famous African-American personalities of the 20th century.
Miles Davis is an American composer and trumpeter. An eminent jazzman, he contributed to modernizing the musical genre to broaden its audience.
John Coltrane is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He revolutionized the genre by bringing new sounds and ways of improvising. His albums A Love Supreme, Blue Train and Giant Steps continue to fascinate jazz lovers.
One of the great figures of jazz, Thelonious Monk is an original, inimitable and fascinating pianist. He is the composer of many jazz standards of the bop period.
Charles Mingus, Jr. Charlie is an American jazz bassist, composer and pianist. He was also known for his anti-racist commitment.
William "Count" Basie was a pianist, organist, and especially a jazz bandleader. He was quickly recognized as one of the greatest 'Big Band' conductors of his time.
25 years ago, one of the sacred monsters of jazz, Dizzy Gillespie, disappeared. A genius trumpeter and improviser, he has become an ambassador for bebop and Latin jazz throughout the world.
She is a great American singer of jazz, a very rhythmic musical genre invented by black Americans in the 19th century.
Benny Goodman is an American jazz clarinetist, composer and bandleader, nicknamed “The King of Swing”. His instrument, however, is not one that usually unleashes the delirium of the crowds.
Herbie Hancock is an American jazz actor, pianist and composer who composed jazz standards such as 'Watermelon Man', 'Chameleon' and 'Rockit'.
Django Reinhardt is a French jazz guitarist. Virtuoso of the banjo from his adolescence, he gave birth to gypsy jazz after having developed a unique playing technique. A genius composer, he is one of the greatest jazz guitarists of the 20th century.
Otis Redding, who was the quintessential embodiment of Memphis soul while crossing musical divides, had a meteoric career until his sudden death in a plane crash at the age of 26.
Initiator of soul, Ray Charles Robinson had a profound impact on American music, drawing inspiration from jazz, country and rhythm and blues. His titles "Baby let me hold your hand", "I got a woman", "What I say", "Georgia on my mind" or even "Unchain my heart" are still sung all over the world.
Charlie Parker is an American saxophonist who forged his legend in the first half of the 20th century. The movie Bird (1988), directed by Clint Eastwood, is tell us the story of the end of his life.
Lester Young, nicknamed "Prez", was one of the most influential jazz musicians, through his revolutionary playing and his personality.
Sonny Rollins, born Theodore Walter Rollins is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians of the post-bebop era.
Considered the queen of bebop and one of the best jazz singers of all time on par with Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, she won the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters Award in 1989.
Nina Simone, the greatest icon of black African-American music, is an artist of a thousand talents. Singer, musician and composer at the same time, she has influenced a large number of contemporary artists. Idolized by millions of fans, she was and always will be highly respected by other musicians of her time and today.
Sidney Bechet is an American saxophonist, clarinetist and composer, one of the first proponents of jazz in the 20s and 40s. He left behind him a wealth of music to be exploited.
Unfortunately, the Blind American jazz singer Ray Charles is no longer of this world to come and play you Hit the Road Jack or Georgia on My Mind , but his repertoire, his legacy, is immortal like many other famous musicians!
Jazz trumpet player, jazz-rock trio, tenor jazzman, double bass player, classical jazz musician, jazz violin soloist, clarinet or trombone, hard bop virtuoso, jazzy music singers, saxophonists and jazz pianists of all genres and jazz band manouche… the world of jazz opens up to you his doors !
Our jazz musicians are waiting for you to come and play the greatest jazz standards at your parties. and events! Don't wait any longer, consult the Linkaband catalogue to find out who offers concerts, their prices and availability for unforgettable jazz evenings!
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