Historical and Modern Jazz:

Explore Classic and Contemporary Artists by Instrument

Thanks for taking the time to check out some great jazz artists, from historically important jazz musicians to multi-instrumentalist contemporary performers and educators. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of performers. Instead, it's a curated list of three performers on each wind instrument, and is a "jumping off" point in your exploration of jazz instrumentation. Jazz has no boundaries: artists of all genders and nationalities have been selected to demonstrate the diversity of personnel and creativity. 

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Audio to check out:

Bird: The Savoy Recordings (Full Album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uP8hoW6xHk

Historically important in development of bebop in the 1940s

Charlie Parker - Alto Saxophone

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Audio to check out:

"Identities are Changeable" - live with Identities Big Band, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_Wikxw79Sg

Modern Puerto Rican alto saxophonist, composer, band leader, music producer, and teacher.

Migeul Zenon - Alto Saxophone

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Audio to check out:

Live at the Strathmore Mansion, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_p4cjsys2w

Contemporary Saxophonist, composer, and educator, and part of the all-female band touring with Beyonce.

Tia Fuller - Alto Saxophone

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Audio to check out:

Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNl63ARx0DM

Historically important member of the Basie Band, active from 1933-1959.

Lester Young - Tenor Saxophone

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Audio to check out:

Live @ A Vaulx Jazz 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AluJK3Bf-As

American jazz saxophonist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Active 1990 to present.

Chris Potter - Tenor Saxophone

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Audio to check out:

Live combo performance from 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsD0H9MCQ1U

Contemporary Chilean tenor saxophonist

Melissa Aldana - Tenor Saxophone

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Audio to check out:

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker: Carnegie Hall Concert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxh9OVpzIlQ

American jazz icon, popularized the bari as a solo instrument, active from 1946-1996.

Gerry Mulligan - Bari Saxophone

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Audio to check out:

Featured with Duke Ellington band, "Sophisticated Lady."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brqxEdwsTQs

Legendary bari sax player with the Duke Ellington band. Active from 1927-1974

Harry Carney - Bari Saxophone

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Audio to check out:

Live at Dizzy's Club at Jazz@Lincoln Center, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnQSzOsTKmg

Winner of the "Rising Star" in the 67th Downbeat Critics Poll (2019), and Grammy Award winner.

Lauren Sevian - Bari Saxophone

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Audio to check out:

The Great Kai and J.J. (full album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdpIGzcectE

American trombonist, composer, arranger. Active from 1942-1996, one of the first to embrace bebop

JJ Johnson - Trombone

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Audio to check out:

Live from the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAh-aGaG6gs

American, Grammy Award winning jazz trombonist of Costa Rican descent.

Luis Bonila - Trombone

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Audio to check out:

Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini - "You Go To My Head" (house concert)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktjf_JxNRL4

Singer, Songwriter, trombonist, and winner of the most recent "Rising Star - Trombone" Downbeat 2019.

Natalie Cressman - Trombone

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Audio to check out:

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (full album). Best selling jazz album of all-time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ5uo9_OijY

One of the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz.

Miles Davis - Trumpet

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Audio to check out:

Discover Jazz - Ingrid Jensen. An hour-long PBS Special from 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je8Exo-uOKs

Canadian trumpet player, one of the best modern trumpet players alive today.

Ingrid Jensen - Trumpet

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Audio to check out:

Wynton Marsalis live at Jazz in Marciac 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH2k8GccrqI

American virtuoso trumpeter, composer, teacher, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Wynton Marsalis - Trumpet