Here are the top-20 Greatest Swing Jazz Musicians of All Time. Many of the musicians on this list were bandleaders as well as sidemen, creating some of the most innovative and improvisational music ever. Their passion for music drove the impact they had on dancers, performers, and shows like. Additionally, many of these musicians greatly impacted the progression of music genres and future great musicians who would debut their revue later on.
Check them all out. Up vote the best musicians you like, and down vote the ones you dislike. And while swing music may not be your favorite, there's enough complexity, sophistication, and nuance in the music, that anyone who appreciates music can respect what these guys did. Feel free to add on anyone who may have been left out.
Artie Shaw was an innovator of Big Band music and a proponent of third stream. He played for troops in the Pacific during WWII later in his career, ending his own career in the 1950s, stating that trying to perfect the clarinet would ultimately end him, and that he couldn't take the instrument any further.Agree or disagree?
Django Reinhardt is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, becoming a pioneer in making jazz music mainstream in Europe. Because his third and fourth fingers were permanently damaged, he only played with his thumb and forefinger, creating an entirely new technique of playing called "hot" jazz guitar. His arrangements and playing technique has created an entirely different sub genre of jazz, known as Gypsy Jazz or Gypsy Swing.Agree or disagree?
One time Waller was kidnapped and taken to a hotel, gun pushed to his back as he was sat down in front of a piano and ordered to play. It turned out to be Al Capone's party. Waller left three days later, incredibly drunk, exhausted, and loaded with thousands of dollars. Talk about living for your career.Agree or disagree?
Drummer and band leader, Chick Webb was the house band at the Savoy Ballroom, a venue that spanned an entire city block in Harlem and famous for its swing dancers and its infamous Battle of the Bands, of which Webb won every time until he played against Duke Ellington in 1937. He also teamed up with vocal legend Ella Fitzgerald.Agree or disagree?