He was the hypnotic trumpeter with a divine voice who lost it all to heroin.
“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.” – M.D
Louis Armstrong was the first important soloist to emerge in jazz, and he became the most influential musician in the music’s history.
The best album ever made by Duke Ellington—which is to say, one of the best albums in jazz—is also one of his least-known.
“I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great,” said Ray Charles, who is one of the master musicians of the 20th century.
Over five decades, Art Blakey redefined jazz drums whilst leading one of the most influential groups, the Jazz Messengers.
Nat King Cole, the first black American TV star and a friend of President John Kennedy, conquered hearts and minds across the world.
He has enjoyed electro, pop and funk incarnations but, as Herbie Hancock tells Andrew Purcell, it’s all about playing one right note.