Who are the best Jazz Musicians?

who are the best jazz musicians and where can I download free music by them ?

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    these are the god fathers of jazz:

    Duke Ellington (1899–1974)

    Earl Hines (1903–1983)

    Count Basie (1904–1984)

    Fats Waller (1904–1943)

    Benny Goodman (1909-1986)

    Sun Ra (1914-1993)

    Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993)

    Thelonious Monk (1917–1982)

    Charlie Parker (1920–1955)

    Dave Brubeck (b 1920)

    Charles Mingus (1922–1979)

    Oscar Peterson (1925–2007)

    Miles Davis (1926–1991)

    John Coltrane (1926–1967)

    Ornette Coleman (born 1930)

    Chet Baker (1929-1988)

    Vocalists:

    Christian Moreno

    Billie Holiday (1915–1959)

    Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

    Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990)

    Louis Armstrong (1901–1971)

    Giants of Jazz

    Main article: Jazz royalty

    By Birthdate

    Instrumentalists

    Duke Ellington (1899–1974)

    Earl Hines (1903–1983)

    Count Basie (1904–1984)

    Fats Waller (1904–1943)

    Benny Goodman (1909-1986)

    Sun Ra (1914-1993)

    Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993)

    Thelonious Monk (1917–1982)

    Charlie Parker (1920–1955)

    Dave Brubeck (b 1920)

    Charles Mingus (1922–1979)

    Oscar Peterson (1925–2007)

    Miles Davis (1926–1991)

    John Coltrane (1926–1967)

    Ornette Coleman (born 1930)

    Chet Baker (1929-1988)

    Vocalists Christian Moreno

    Billie Holiday (1915–1959)

    Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

    Sarah Vaughan (1924-1990)

    Louis Armstrong (1901–1971)

    By period

    Early jazz musicians

    Louis Armstrong (1901–1971)

    Sidney Bechet (1897–1959)

    Bix Beiderbecke (1903–1931)

    Buddy Bolden (1877–1930)

    Earl Hines (1903–1983)

    Nick LaRocca (1889–1961) & the members of the "Original Dixieland Jazz Band"

    Jelly Roll Morton (1890–1941)

    Joe "King" Oliver (1885–1938)

    Red Nichols (1905–1965)

    Swing era

    Count Basie (1904–1984)

    Cab Calloway (1907–1994)

    Benny Carter (1907–2003)

    Charlie Christian (1918–1942)

    Jimmy Dorsey (1904–1957)

    Tommy Dorsey (1905–1956)

    Duke Ellington (1899–1974)

    Benny Goodman (1909–1986)

    Coleman Hawkins (1904–1969)

    Fletcher Henderson (1897–1952)

    Earl Hines (1903–1983)

    Johnny Hodges (1907–1970)

    Jay McShann (1916–2006)

    Glenn Miller (1904–1944)

    George Paxton

    Artie Shaw (1910–2004)

    Fats Waller (1904–1943)

    Ben Webster (1909–1973)

    Paul Whiteman (1890–1967)

    Modern innovators

    Chet Baker (1929-1988)

    Dave Brubeck (born 1920)

    Ornette Coleman (born 1930)

    John Coltrane (1926–1967)

    Miles Davis (1926–1991)

    Bill Evans (1929–1980)

    Gil Evans (1912–1988)

    Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993)

    Herbie Hancock (born 1940)

    Joe Harriott (1928–1973)

    Thad Jones (1923-1986)

    Charles Mingus (1922–1979)

    Thelonious Monk (1917–1982)

    Charlie Parker (1920–1955)

    Bud Powell (1924–1966)

    Louis Prima (1910-1978)

    Sun Ra (1914–1993)

    Max Roach (1924–2007)

    Sonny Rollins (born 1930)

    Wayne Shorter (born 1933)

    Toshiko Akiyoshi (born 1929)

    Sonny Stitt (born 1924)

    Jazz fusion

    Source(s): i love jazz but i really love smooth jazz!!
  • 1 decade ago

    guitarists:

    Pat Metheny

    George Benson

    Lee Ritenour

    John Scofield

    Steve Reich

    Al DiMeola

    Frank Zappa

    vibraphonists:

    Peter Appleyard

    Tito Puente

    piano:

    Lyle Mays

    George Duke

    steel drums:

    Ray Holman

    flutists:

    Finn Peters

    Joe Farrell

    horn:

    Chuck Mangione

    Miles Davis

    electric piano:

    Chic Corea

    Herbie Hancock

    Joe Zawinul

    Bob James

    B3 Organ:

    Joey DeFrancesco

    Booker T Jones

    Violin:

    Jean-Luc Ponty

    Bass:

    Stanley Clarke

    go to the youtube to look em up.

    Buy the cd's as if you were say a doctor and someone came to your office and some bum off the street asked for free drugs what would you say ?

  • 1 decade ago

    The Dirty Dozen Jazz Band

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    Excellent music; very clean

    I highly recommend them to any jazz lovers.

    Source(s): EXPERIENCE
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  • 1 decade ago

    the only jazz that i like that is a litte different is called St. Germain, they have good beat to them, their album is called Tourist and they have another album out, just never got around to getting it.

    my favorite song by them called Sure Thing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-Nak1MSzDM

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    there other song which isn't too bad called Rose Rouge

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkegKN-VZBg

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    and there relaxation song called Montego Bay Spleen

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FUjZ-wybIU

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    hope this helps a bit, i downloaded free from limewire before i actually bought the album

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