Mural done at Jazzy, created by Ken Hey.

Genre Origin

Jazz is a music genre that originated in African American communities of New Orleans, United States,[1] in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.[2] Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression.

The 1950s saw the emergence of free jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat and formal structures, and in the mid-1950s, hard bop emerged, which introduced influences from rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing.

Ella Fitzgerald in concert at the Plaza

Ella Fitzgerald (H4)

Often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability.

John Coltrane at practice with ...

John Coltrane (H4)

Known as "Trane," he was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz.

Louie Live with special guest Craig Kunce

Louis Armstrong (H4)

Nicknamed Satchmo,[1] Satch or Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz.