New York Jazz

In Harlem, precursors of jazz music developed at the same time as New Orleans jazz started. The center for jazz development then moved to New York after New Orleans musicians moved from New Orleans to Chicago and then to New York. The most prominent of these musicians was Duke Ellington, who brought a generation of young jazz musicians with him to New York City.

New York has multiple annual jazz festivals, such as the Blue Note Jazz Festival in the Radio City Music Hall, which lasts for one month. Other festivals include the Vision Festival in Brooklyn and the Essentially Ellington Festival. Jazz nightclubs in the city include the Jazz Standard and the Iridium.

“Blue Skies” – Ella Fitzgerald (“Popular” jazz)

“Take the ‘A’ Train” – Duke Ellington (standard jazz)

“Sing Sing Sing” – Benny Goodman (Swing)

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