New York Jazz Notes

  • Miles Davis, a New Yorker, was considered one of the foremost musicians and composers of the 20th century. He was also a major innovator in the field of “cool jazz.”
  • With Duke Ellington’s move to New York, the major center for jazz development moved from Chicago to NYC. Many jazz musicians followed Ellington to New York City.
  • New York’s big jazz bands, unique among jazz groups of the time, eventually created swing music from jazz. These bands also contained notables such as Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman.
  • Bebop music also was made in New York City, being a derivative of swing music, which was in turn a derivative of standard jazz music. Bebop reached its peak in the 1940s.
  • New York City musicians also fused jazz with ragtime. This combination invented swing music.
  • John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman brought the relatively new style of “free jazz” to New York by moving there. 







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