Just getting into the swing/jazz genre...?

Can anyone give me some songs or artists to check out?

I'm really looking for stuff from the 30's - 50's

Thank you!

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  • Zeorus
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    With a few modern jazz and jazz fusion artists thrown in for good measure:

    Ahmad Jamal

    Al di Meola (jazz fusion)

    Antonio Carlos Jobim (bossa nova- a Brazilian form of Latin jazz)

    Astrud Gilberto (bossa nova)

    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (jazz fusion)

    Benny Goodman

    Ben Webster

    Billie Holiday

    Billy Strayhorn

    Bill Evans

    The Brian Setzer Orchestra

    Charles Mingus

    Charlie Byrd (bossa nova)

    Charlie Parker

    Chick Corea

    Chris Botti

    Clark Terry

    Clifford Brown

    Count Basie

    Dave Brubeck

    Deborah Cox

    Dexter Gordon

    Diana Krall

    Dick Hyman

    Django Reinhardt (gypsy jazz)

    Duke Ellington

    Earl Klugh (smooth jazz)

    Ella Fitzgerald

    Erroll Garner

    Etta James

    Frank Sinatra

    Gary Burton

    Gene Krupa

    George Shearing

    Gerald Veasley (jazz fusion)

    Glenn Miller

    Greg Osby

    Hank Crawford

    Harry Connick, Jr.

    Henry Mancini

    Herbie Mann

    Hiroshima (jazz fusion)

    Horace Silver

    Jimmy Smith

    Joao Gilberto (bossa nova)

    Joe Henderson

    Joe Jewell (jazz fusion)

    Joe Lovano

    Joe Williams

    John Coltrane

    Johnny Hartman

    John Pizzarelli

    Joshua Redman

    Julie London

    Kenny Barron

    Kenny G (smooth jazz)

    Kenny Garrett

    Kevin Eubanks

    Lester Young

    Little Jimmy Scott

    Lonnie Liston Smith

    Lonnie Plaxico

    Louis Armstrong

    Louis Jordan

    The Lounge Lizards

    The Manhattan Transfer

    Max Roach

    Mel Lewis

    Mel Torme

    Michael Buble

    Michael Feinstein

    Miles Davis

    The Modern Jazz Quartet

    Mongo Santamaria (Latin jazz)

    Natalie Cole

    Nina Simone

    Nnenna Freelon

    Ornette Coleman

    Paul Desmond

    Sir Roland Hanna

    Rosa Passos (bossa nova)

    Rudresh Mahanthappa

    Rufus Harley


    Sam Pilafian

    Sarah Vaughan

    Sidney Bechet

    Sonny Rollins

    Stan Getz

    Stan Kenton

    Stephane Grappelli (gypsy jazz)

    Thelonius Monk

    Thomas Chapin

    Tito Puente (Latin jazz)

    Tony Bennett

    Victor Wooten (jazz fusion)

    Vince Guaraldi

    Walter Beasley (smooth jazz)

    Warren Hill (smooth jazz)

    Wessell Anderson

    Wes Montgomery

    Wynton Marsalis

    Yusef Lateef

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  • Debra
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    4 years ago

    The Charleston, the Lindie, Fox Trot, Black Bottom, to name a few. I don't think swing came in until the 40s, then the Jitterbug in the 50s

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    im not familiar with swing but check out guys like louis armstrong, buddy bolden, and joe "king" oliver

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  • 1 decade ago

    Ella fitzgerald, judy garland, Glenn Miller, Ginger rogers, frank sinatra, sooo many more good ones.

    Source(s): Lover of 30s 40s music.
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  • 1 decade ago

    I would suggest you listen to the ''In the wee small hours of the morning'' album by Frank Sinatra

    Start there really really really good deep music.

    You will meet more along the way

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  • 1 decade ago

    hi there,

    seems like you have enough suggestions for the artists.. i agree with glenn miller and benny goodman, but the others are good too, i guess it depends on your taste.. i think you'll like these:

    'sing sing sing' by benny goodman :


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    'in the mood' by glenn miller :


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    but there are so much more great jazz songs, just make some time to explore them, try looking up the lists of composers mentioned before by the other jazz lovers.. :) enjoy..

    ps: happy new year everyone.. :)

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  • 1 decade ago

    Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Artie Shaw, Art Tatum, Jimmy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong

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  • Hiro
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Let's see

    Benny Goodman

    Duke Ellington

    Glenn Miller

    Count Basie

    Tommy Dorsey

    Jimmy Dorsey

    Those are the standards for Big Band Swing.

    Personally I like those artists but I also like the energy of some of the bands that came later like Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa or Harry James. (plus the recordings are better).

    If you want something contemporary that's still original (aside from everybody and their dog doing covers of standards) try Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band or if you really want to have some fun check out the 90's swing revival with the Brian Setzer Orchestra or Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

    Have fun!

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