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Who Is Ella Fitzgerald?

First Lady Of Song Beautiful, talented, innovative, angelic, and inspirational are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Ella Fitzgerald’s trademark voice and novel singing ability. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2bigf337aU Ella’s music and singing style was very reflective of her general personality; bubbly, vibrant, and humble yet not passive enough to be overlooked…
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Who Is Count Basie?

Count Basie is another extremely influential jazz musician and big band leader that left a permanent imprint on the genre.  Before we say another word about who he is and why he's important, let's kick things off with "One O'Clock Jump" and get ourselves in the mood for a little bit of Basie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08jyOwx96Ig Background…
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Why Is Thelonious Monk Important?

Another very noteworthy and prominent composer that left an indelible mark on the history of Jazz throughout the years was Thelonius Monk. His legacy in the genre is indisputable, influencing jazz artists, sounds, and improvisations even to this day. Let's kick things off with a bit of Monk with "Don't Blame Me" from back in…
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Who Is Duke Ellington?

Known as the innovator of the ‘big-band,’ Duke Ellington may be one of, if not the most quintessential figures in jazz history and music at large of the 20th century. As a pianist, conductor, and songwriter, Duke Ellington was able to electrify audiences with his colorful pieces that stood the test of time. Ellington’s influence…
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A 5 Track Introduction To Barry Adamson

Music is like an ocean.  If you are frolicking near the shore, you might see certain unremarkable lifeforms - the kind everyone sees, like minnows darting around, and other commonplace things, like plankton, or sea scum.  We might equate these lifeforms with mainstream music - found in droves and unremarkable. Indeed, some people stay in the…