• The same year, Basie organized a new, smaller group of nine musicians, with Buster Smith and several other former members of Moten's orchestra, which included Jo Jones and later Lester Young, and the Barons of Rhythm began a long engagement at the Reno Club in Kansas City. • The group's radio broadcasts in 1936 led to contracts with a national booking agency and the Decca Record Company. The contract expanded and within a year the Count Basie Orchestra was one of the leading big bands of the swing era. • By the end of the
It was created by Charlie Parker. Miles Davis was a huge fan of bebop because of its complex melodic and harmonic structure. After graduation from high school, he moved to New York to study music and follow his idol at the same time. He went to the clubs every night to see Charlie’s quintet. Later on, he was invited to be a trumpet player for
By 1943 he began a series of annual concerts at Carnegie Hall, which was an indication of how much jazz was now accepted in prestigious western classical concert venues. Ellington used this opportunity to write longer and more ambitious works in several movements, like the epic musical history of African-American life, Black, Brown and Beige. Between 1927 and 1931 the Ellington Orchestra played its most famous residency. At the Cotton Club in Harlem, the band backed ‘jungle’ dance-theatre routines in a variety of shows, part of a new popular interest in African-American culture later known as the Harlem Renaissance. During the Cotton Club years, the Ellington band
Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. On October 7, 2008, his 1959 album Kind of Blue received its fourth platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of at least four million copies in the United States.  Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.  Davis was noted as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz".
Lil’ promoted Armstrong in clubs and had him billed as “The World’s Greatest Trumpet Player.” Lil and Armstrong formed a studio band called Louis Armstrong and his hot five. One of the most popular recordings by the group is “Heebie Jeebies” which made scat singing even more popular. In 1929, Louis Armstrong left Chicago to return to New York again where he found a new venue for his talent. He was cast in a music venue that featured his accompanying trumpet solo. Finding a job and work to do became hard for Louis Armstrong and others during the great depression.
Armstrong, known for playing the trumpet, moved to New York City in 1924 to play with Fletcher Henderson. In 1925 as band leader of Hot Five, he made his first recordings in Chicago. He toured in England in 1932 for three months Armstrong stayed busy setting up band rehearsals and playing for his fans up until just days before his death on July 6, 1971 (Louis Armstrong).
The premiere of Black, Brown and Beige represented the highest profile example of Ellington's lifelong efforts to advance the politics of race through music, lifestyle, and image, but rarely words. What are two things that happened at the cotton club in New York City while Ellington was appearing there that helped his musical growth and popularity? A new phase of Ellington's career began late in 1927 when his orchestra landed a job at the New York Cotton Club. At the Cotton Club, some of New York's top black performers
Hoppers would dance in Harlem which had some 500 dance joints. Jazz wasn’t like the other music produced, jazz was where people made the music as they played instead of playing off printed off music. Benny Goodman, what everyone called “the king of swing”, was playing jazz when he was teenager in the early 1920s. His “big band” helped make jazz popular with white audiences. “The Charleston was
Elvis Aaron Presleya (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954, working with Sun Records owner Sam Phillips, who wanted to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience.
A famous musician named Tin Pan alley produced most of the music of the time including jazz, ragtime, and dance music. Along with Irving Berlin who was the most popular ragtime composers. The first motion picture ever produced to be played in theaters was “The Jazz Singer”. The Jazz singer is about Jackie Rabinowitz who is the Jazz singer. Who at an early age ran away from home to finish his dream of becoming a Cantor for his synagogue, but deals with personal issues with his