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Artist Profiles - Classic Jazz Artists

Read profiles of the greatest innovators in jazz.

Artist Profile: Saxophonist Cannonball Adderley
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley went from being a high school band teacher to becoming a world famous jazz musician after an impromptu gig in New York City.

Artist Profile: Trumpeter Clifford Brown
A biography of the trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose career was cut tragically short at age 25.

Artist Profile: Pianist Herbie Hancock
An artist profile of jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, a member of Miles Davis' 1960s quintet who went on to become one of the most prolific musicians of all time.

Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Lena Horne
A profile of jazz singer Lena Horne.

Artist Profile: Saxophonist Wayne Shorter
An artist profile of saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.

Artist Profile: Coleman Hawkins
An artist profile of tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins.

Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sam Rivers
A brief artist profile of saxophonist Sam Rivers.

Artist Profile: Randy Weston
Biography of jazz pianist Randy Weston.

Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Paul Motian
An artist profile of drummer Paul Motian, who lent his spare and imaginative style to top musicians from the 1950s through 2011.

Artist Profile: Sonny Rollins
Artist profile of jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

Artist Profie: Saxophonist Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler thought of himself and his music as part of a spiritual lineage revolving around avant-garde jazz.

Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lester Young
Artist profile of saxophonist Lester Young.

Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Sarah Vaughan
A biography of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, who gave voice to the sounds of bebop, and recorded popular song and jazz with equal flair.

Artist Profile: Pianist Bill Evans
Biography of jazz pianist Bill Evans.

Artist Profile: Saxophonist Sidney Bechet
A biography of saxophonist Sidney Bechet, one of the first early jazz musicians to develop a distinct and virtuosic style of improvisation.

Artist Profile: Drummer Roy Haynes
Artist profile of jazz drummer Roy Haynes.

Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Jon Hendricks
A profile of jazz singer Jon Hendricks, who moved to New York to become a jazz singer at the bequest of Charlie Parker, and who popularized the jazz vocal technique known as "vocalese."

Artist Profile: Saxophonist Ornette Coleman
Artist profile of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

Artist Profile: Pianist Fats Waller
A short bio of jazz pianist Fats Waller, who helped develop the art of stride piano.

Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Frank Sinatra
Artist profile of jazz vocalist Frank Sinatra.

Artist Profile: Composer and Arranger Gil Evans
A profile of the jazz composer and arranger Gil Evans.

Artist Profile: Jazz Pianist James P. Johnson
Artist profile of jazz and stride pianist James P. Johnson.

Artist Profile: Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
A profile of Scott Joplin, the premiere ragtime pianist and composer whose style paved the way for early jazz.

Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Johnny Hartman
Artist profile of jazz singer Johnny Hartman.

Artist Profile: Jazz Singer Billie Holiday
Profile of jazz singer Billie Holiday.

Artist Profile: Bassist Charles Mingus
Profile of jazz bassist Charles Mingus.

Artist Profile: Saxophonist Bud Shank
Profile of saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.

Artist Profile: Saxophonist Lee Konitz
Profile of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.

Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Art Blakey
Profile of jazz drummer Art Blakey.

Artist Profile: Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson
Profile of Bandleader and Arranger Fletcher Henderson

Artist Profile: Jazz Drummer Max Roach
Profile of Jazz Drummer Max Roach.

Artist Profile: Saxophonist David 'Fathead' Newman
Profile of Saxophonist David Fathead Newman

Artist Profile: Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard
Profile of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard

Artist Profile: Pianist Hank Jones
Profile of pianist Hank Jones

Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Profile of Jazz Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald

Artist Profile: Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke
Profile of Cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.

Pianist Thelonious Monk
Profile of pianist Thelonious Monk.

Artist Profile: Bud Powell
This is about Bud Powell.

Artist Profile: Bud Powell
This is about Bud Powell.

Artist Profile: Bud Powell
This is about Bud Powell.

Artist Profile: Bud Powell
This is about Bud Powell.

Pianist and Bandleader Duke Ellington
Profile of pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington.

Charlie Parker - Alto Saxophone
Read about the life and career of bebop pioneer Charlie Parker.

Miles Davis - Trumpet
Artist profile of trumpeter Miles Davis. Read a brief story of his life and career.

John Coltrane - Tenor Saxophone
Read a profile of the life and career of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. Biography of a jazz icon.

Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Ben Webster
Of the big three tenors of the swing era, Ben Webster.

Dizzy Gillespie - Trumpet
Artist Profile of Dizzy Gillespie. Read about the life and career of jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

Louis Armstrong - Trumpet
Read about the life and career of Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader.

Artist Profile: Jazz Vocalist Abbey Lincoln
A biography of the great jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln.

Artist Profile: Swing Drummer and Bandleader Chick Webb
A profile of swing drummer Chick Webb.

Artist Profile: Composer and Arranger Billy Strayhorn
A biography of the composer, arranger, pianist Billy Strayhorn, who played a significant role in the the prestigious Duke Ellington Big Band.

Artist Profile: Saxophonist and Flutist James Moody
A biography of James Moody, jazz saxophonist and flutist.

Artist Profile: Tenor Saxophonist Stan Getz
A biography of tenor saxophonist Stan Getz.

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