Jazz Blues Bands


Svanholm
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02/18/2015 3:01 pm
Im a little bit curius about jazz and jazz blues.
Does anyone have any good band they would recomend that plays jazz?
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02/25/2015 10:19 pm
Originally Posted by: SvanholmIm a little bit curius about jazz and jazz blues.
Does anyone have any good band they would recomend that plays jazz?

Jazz is an enormous genre. You could start with early jazz like Louis Armstrong & Jelly Roll Morton. And then go forward to big band & swing like Duke Ellington & Benny Goodman. Later on, there are the cool jazz & bebop groups to check out like the bands that Miles Davis & John Coltrane fronted.

Of course since this is a guitar site, you might be more curious about jazz guitarists! :)

So early players would be Charlie Christian & Django Reinhardt. Later on you've got guys like Joe Pass & Wes Montgomery. And there are newer guys like George Benson, Earl Klough. Or modern bebopish players like John Scofield or Pat Martino.

Put any of those names into Google or iTunes & listen for something you like! And a general Google search will keep you busy for a while. :)

https://www.google.com/#q=jazz+guitarist

And one of my personal faves that mixes jazz & blues in a swing style is Brian Setzer! Wow, that cat's swinging! :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdfFbCsM-4M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDvfzxVDxl8
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02/28/2015 4:26 pm
These are some really good artists. I have search for jazz blues on spotify and found some good once.

I enjoy every instrument. Besides guitar Im trying to learn piano and harmonica.

"This Cats on a hot tin roof" was AMAZING! :D

Now we are talking! Both blues, jazz and a little rock a billy on it. :P

I allways loved that walking kind of boggie woggie baseline.

This song will go on repeat for many times, to my wifes dissatisfaction. :P
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02/28/2015 6:35 pm
Originally Posted by: Svanholm"This Cats on a hot tin roof" was AMAZING! :D

Now we are talking! Both blues, jazz and a little rock a billy on it. :P

The whole album is outstanding!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-dirty-boogie/id105852

Enjoy!
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09/02/2015 7:17 am
Originally Posted by: ChristopherSchlegelJazz is an enormous genre. You could start with early jazz like Louis Armstrong & Jelly Roll Morton. And then go forward to big band & swing like Duke Ellington & Benny Goodman. Later on, there are the cool jazz & bebop groups to check out like the bands that Miles Davis & John Coltrane fronted.


I second this. Jazz and Blues have such a fascinating history and the scale of artists is so diverse, it could take a life time to really be able to appreciate it.

Can't go wrong with good old Louis, or anything Miles Davis and Coltrane touched. Always gold. Thelonious Monk too is worth checking out. And Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, have I said Charlie Parker yet? Sorry, Jazz is my passion.

I would also say check out some of the female icons too, which are often overlooked. Some Ella Fitzgerlad and Billie Holiday for example.

For something a little more contemporary, Stacey Kent is quite good, and Michael Buble, but obviously start at the beginning and work your way through. You don't want to miss out on the classics.
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09/02/2015 7:19 am
Oh Ray Charles!
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09/02/2015 3:40 pm
I found the documentary "Jazz" by Ken Burns to be fascinating. It reaches back to the 1800's and shows how Jazz came from the blues. It was through this documentary that I learned to appreciate Armstrong, Coltrane, Miles, Parker, Gillespie, and so on.

One of my favorite Jazz artists is Keith Jarrett. Check out "The Koln Concert", which is all improvisational piano. Really amazing stuff.
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I'm very interested in jazz guitar, specifically artists from the 30s and 40s. Some names that standout are Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Nick Lucas, Dick McDonough, Teddy Bunn, and of course Django Reinhardt.

Here's a link with some history and sample tracks.

http://jazzhotbigstep.com/70001.html

And a Spotify Link ot the Pioneers of Jazz Guitar album:

https://open.spotify.com/album/3mQ8hyHdGG9Yl0IhUyyhFC?si=EPMcXugnRz6yDbQFhc79Eg

I'd love to see Guitar Tricks add a Jazz track along with Rock, Blues, Country, etc.


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12/04/2018 4:04 pm

Hey & welcome to GT!

Originally Posted by: kendrickwallace

I'm very interested in jazz guitar, specifically artists from the 30s and 40s. Some names that standout are Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Nick Lucas, Dick McDonough, Teddy Bunn, and of course Django Reinhardt.[/quote][p]Great list of players! Thanks for the link. Lots of fun material.

[quote=kendrickwallace]

I'd love to see Guitar Tricks add a Jazz track along with Rock, Blues, Country, etc.

There is not a GT jazz course because there's not as much demand for it as there is for Rock, Blues & Country. However, I've organized my tutorials on my directory to give students a general path to follow. Scroll down the page about halfway until you get to the Jazz Guitar section!

http://www.guitartricks.com/instructor.php?input=155014

And in my instructor forum I have a sticky thread that outlines a specific path for learning jazz at GT.

https://www.guitartricks.com/forum/thread.php?f=36&t=36491

Please keep in mind that jazz guitar is a complex & difficult endeavor. We can teach you the basics & a few tunes, but beyond a certain point it's very much like classical guitar. It's a serious discipline that will require a lot of time & effort, likely involving a real world university level study course.

Hope that helps! Best of success learning jazz guitar!


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