Davis’ career was briefly interrupted by a heroin addiction, although he continued to record with other popular bop musicians. 1955 was Miles Davis’ breakthrough year. His performance of "round midnight" at the Newport Jazz Festival alerted the critics that he was "back". Davis form a quintet which included Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, and John Coletrain. In 1957 Davis made the first of many solo recordings with the unusual jazz orchestrations of Gil Evans, and he wrote music for film by Louis Malle.
Meant for both white and black people, 52nd street was all about Jazz and alcohol and it was the happenin' place to be, especially if you wanted to be discovered as a Jazz musician. This all led to Miles' dropping out of school and playing with the big guys on 52nd street to be discovered. In no time Davis was playing regularly with Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker. At this time Miles, 19, moved up in the history of Jazz by recording his first album in New York along side of Hawkins, "Rubberlegs" Williams, and of course Parker. A few months after Parker and Gillespie went to California, Miles got together with Benny Carter's Orchestra and traveled all the way to California as well.
Louis Armstrong was known for his “hot jazz” while Bix Beiderbecke was known more for his “cool reflective” jazz style. Louis Armstrong developed a new style of jazz music that took New Orleans by storm, and many other bands decided to move to north Chicago because of it. In 1925 Louis recorded his first Hot Five records and this was the first time he developed songs under his name. Then later on he made the Hot Seven and these two records are considered some of the biggest jazz classics. These records really established Louis Armstrong’s “hot jazz” style and many people recognized that.
He was known for his high notes when he is playing trumpet. He joined Duke Ellington’s band in 1944. Cat’s solo on “Satin Doll” from Duke Ellington’s 70th Birthday Concert is a chorus that contained notes that are so high that it is unsure if any jazz player in history could play like him. Anderson was first discovered by Duke Ellington after he was fired by Lionel Hampton because of jealousy. Anderson working with Ellington was the perfect place for him to play music.
Jazz only appeared as a kind of entertaining music, but since 1940, it is played in the Bars and Night Clubs and also is shown in the important concert performances. For more than 100 years of non-stop development, jazz has produced a talented musician as Louis Armstrong. He was the greatest man among of famous Jazz musicians, who contributed jazz music through his life and his songs. Louis Armstrong changed jazz into a solo art. He infused blues feelings, changed the rhythms and made it swing.
Although Armstrong was with the Hot Seven, he also performed with another band, Erskine Tate’s Orchestra. He often played in silent movies, however, Armstrong finally switched from playing the cornet to playing the trumpet in 1926. Louis Armstrong’s popularity continued to grow as he continued to perform. He soon performed a duet with a pianist named Earl “Fatha” Hines, who incorporated Armstrong’s ideas into his playing. they were able to produce some of jazz’s greatest records, such as “Weather Bird” and “West End Blues.” The latter recording was considered one of the great musician’s finest works as it combines opera and blues.
Born in New York City, Artie Shaw would become one of the top bandleaders in the swing era. He began his musical career as a highly sought-after alto saxophone player in the New York area, and was able to benefit from the growth of radio and studio recordings. As he perfected his technical ability with various dance bands, he was still relatively unknown in the early 30’s when he began to focus exclusively on the Clarinet while Swing music began to grow in popularity. While we may carefully analyze the two pieces to satisfy our curiosity regarding musical evolution in Jazz, we should also not lose sight of the fact that these are two very enjoyable styles of music. From the lively swing orchestras inspiring large audiences to dance, to the softer Bossa Nova sound which is pleasing to hear in a relaxed setting, both have contributed to the growth of musical creativity in Jazz from the 1930’s through today.
While in St. Louis he led small groups of musicians that challenged hardbop and bebop in the 50s. Not only was Davis a brilliant trumpet player he was also a composer, arranger, band leader, and producer. While performing with Charlie Parker, Davis met many other performers that he would soon play with. This was the beginning of the formation of bebop, which is a fast and innovative version of jazz which defined the modern jazz era. In 1946 Davis made his first recording and shortly after that his classic improvisational style formed.
He approached Leroi Moore and Carter Beauford first, two musicians that he respected greatly. After listening to a few songs he had recorded, They decided to make a tape together. Before joining The Dave Matthews Band, Leroi played Jazz at many night spots in the Charlottesville-Richmond area. Leroi, was trained in the classics, one reason for the band's sometimes classical sound. Leroi plays a Haynes closed hole C foot flute, a Yamaha Soprano saxophone, as well as Selmer Alto and Tenor Saxophones.
Chuck’s early dreams consisted of him playing bebop in a jazz club, he had no idea that one day, he would conduct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra! In all, Chuck Mangione was an influential and popular musician/soloist in Jazz. He wrote and played incredible music and won many awards. He had great jazz idols and even played his own type of jazz. He made jazz-pop an even more popular genre.