Jazz muscians

The very first jazz musician I ever heard was legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday and after hearing God Bless the Child I was immediately hooked on Jazz!  I was 17 years old.

Every chance I got, I’d buy Billie Holiday albums – all on Vinyl!

I would play her albums over and over again.  I had many favourites (they’re still favourites) songs like:

Strange Fruit, Gloomy Sunday, T’ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do, My Man, The very thought of you, All of me, Lady sings the blues, Pennies from Heaven, If You Were Mine, I’m a Fool to Want You, Why Was I Born, These Foolish Things, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Them there eyes, et cetera, et cetera.

Then I started buying albums of other jazz greats including:

Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Count Bassie, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck Quartet and many more.

By the time I turned 25 years old, I had a pretty impressive collection of jazz albums including albums from new and budding jazz greats.  What I have today is a library of music!

Here’s a list of my favourite saxophone players:

  • David Sanborn
  • Gover Washington
  • Gerald Albright
  • Wilton Felder
  • John Klemmer
  • Ronnie Laws
  • Boney James
  • Marion Meadows
  • Stan Getz
  • Kenny G
  • Walter Beasley
  • Najee
  • George Howard
  • John Coltrane
  • Michael Brecker
  • Stanley Turrentine
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Art Pepper
  • Kenny Garrett
  • Dexter Gordon
  • Brandford Marsalis

Keyboard Players I love:

  • Bob James
  • Joe Sample
  • Marcus Johnson
  • Count Basie
  • George Duke
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Chick Corea
  • Ray Charles
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Frank McComb
  • Joe Zawinul
  • Neil Larsen

My Favourite Drummers:

  • Harvey Mason
  • Steve Gadd
  • Steve Smith
  • Dave Weckl
  • Lenny White
  • Sly Dunbar
  • Manu Katche
  • Billy Cobham
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • Al Jackson Jnr
  • Tony Williams
  • Dave Lombardo

My Favourite Guitarists:

  • Carlos Santana
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • George Benson
  • Steve Vai
  • Eric Clapton
  • Joe Satriani
  • John Fogerty
  • BB King
  • Albert Collins
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Jeff Beck
  • Pat Metheny
  • Jeff Healey
  • Robert Cray
  • Larry Carlton
  • Lee Ritenour
  • Howard “Buzz” Feiten

Trumpet Players I love!

  • Miles Davis
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Dizzy Gillespie
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Randy Brecker
  • Freddie Hubbard
  • Chuck Mangione
  • Wayne Henderson
  • Rick Braun
  • Herb Albert

Bass Players I love!

  • Stanley Clarke
  • Abraham Laboriel
  • Louis Johnson
  • Marcus Miller
  • Jaco Pastorius
  • Nathan East
  • Victor Wooton
  • Mark King
  • James Jamerson

Favourite Jazz Bands

  • Funk Brothers
  • Crusaders
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Fourplay
  • Count Basie Orchestra
  • Weather Report
  • Pat Metheny Group
  • Steely Dan
  • Manhattan Jazz Quintet


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