I like any music that swings. Ragtime almost did it, then there were those who were never recorded like Buddy Bolden, New Orleans Trumpeter who went to an institution after a head injury at the age of 29. Dozens of songs were recorded about him and the 'Funky Butt club.
LOUIS, Satchmo! The best. I used to hear him at Disneyland, went 6 nights in a row. Walt Disney had the 'Young Men from New Orleans' (no longer young). Any history of jazz will include Johnny St. Cyr, Alton Red, Joe Darensberg. They played on the riverboat almost every evening.
If you like big band, latin jazz, or dixieland and visit southern California there is a band called 'The Little Big Band' playing on the Queen Mary every Tuesday afternoon. Cost is very reasonable. Nurses who work weekends can get a tuesday off and hear some of the great original Big Band players. (The drummer taught Ringo Starr).
I am also partial to "girl singers" from Billie Holliday, Peggy Lee, Anita O' Day, ELLA, Maria Muldaur (her bigest hit, Midnight at the Oasis, was about the only tune she did that didn't swing. Erikah Badu (spelling
?) is wonderful.
There is so much to hear! Enjoy! I think Jazz is one of the USAs greatest gifts to the world. It could only have happened with African, European, and other music got together.
Who enjoyed the Ken Burns series?
Also many schools have jazz bands that are well worth hearing.
Thank Wynton Marsalis for brining the love of this music to kids!
I love Gospel too when it swings or has clear sweet harmony.