Trumpet Legends Presentation
During the swing era, there was the great Roy Eldridge. His remarkable contributions made him an important figure in the jazz trumpet lineage, not to mention a member of the elite class of NEA Jazz Masters.
Many jazz historians consider Dizzy Gillespie one of the founding fathers of a great style of jazz we call bebop. A man of incredible technical genius, creativity, uncanny humor and charm, Dizzy Gillespie was considered to be the elder statesmen of jazz in his time.
Clifford Brown was a shining light of the hard bop sound. Had it not been for an unfortunate automobile accident that resulted in his untimely death in 1956, we would be enjoying his remarkable sound today. Although he passed at a very young age -- 26 to be exact -- Clifford Brown was an important participant in the East Coast hard bop sound and continues to influence countless trumpet players on the scene today.
On the other coast there was the romantic style of jazz great Chet Baker. Notable collaborations with icons such as Stan Getz and Gerry Mulligan helped to shape a style we know today as “cool jazz”.
Miles Davis was an innovative genius whose contribution spanned more than 60 years. Tracing back from his later years of 60+, Miles Davis contributed significantly to the creation and development of virtually all jazz style categories including bebop, cool jazz, jazz-rock and fusion. It can be said that literally no other artist in music history has made such a wide range musical impact on the overall development of a single art form.
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