Jazz musicians include legendary names like that of Miles David, John Coltrane and Nat King Cole. These are some of the most famous jazz musicians but today a new face of jazz is emerging. With a refreshing new way to break out of classic American jazz, artists are creating something unlike anything before.
Here are just 5 top trending famous modern jazz musicians changing up the scene and taking it anywhere but old school.
At only thirty-two years of age, Spalding shows off her proficiency on the violin with ease. Starting at the age of just 5 years old, her talent was evident and still is. Today, Esperanza has released four albums making her one of the top modern-day jazz singers to start listening to. Her most recent project includes a three-day live stream recording. Be sure to check it out! Her smooth base, sweet violin and sensual vocals are soothing and easy to love.
A California-based musician considered to be the next great male jazz singer by NPR is one to watch. Gregory’s career began over 20 years ago, however, when his feet hit the streets of Harlem, his music began to really shine. It was at Nick’s Pub that this new jazz drew in people to hear his stunning vocals. His album Liquid Spirit, earned him a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2013. Look for Gregory Porter amongst this year’s most famous modern jazz musicians.
This producer and pianist is not your average artist. As one of the most innovative modern-day jazz singers Robert Glasper clearly stands out in the world of jazz. Considering that the 2012 release, Black Radio received a Grammy Award for Best R&B album in 2013 many people are realizing just how smooth he really is. Glasper has already worked with famous modern jazz musicians including Terence Blanchard and Christian McBride and today, you’ll find his newly released album, Everything’s Beautiful, includes unique remixes of classics including some from Miles Davis and other A-list musicians.
Cécile McLorin Salvant
She was singing and playing piano as early as the age of 10. Born to a French mother and a Haitian father, her Miami, Florida home was one filled with music and vocal improvisation. Over time these musical musings became award-winning. With the 2010 debut album, Cécile, she earned the attention of many people and soon after, in 2010 Cécile won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Look for her stunning vocals on any of her albums. For One to Love a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Perhaps that’s one to start with.
Starting out with the drums, Marquis began his career as a jazz musician in the fourth grade. Even this early in life, he was able to impress listeners on the South Side of Chicago. Within this rough environment, Marquis was still able to shine and then when he took up the trumpet he really found himself. Today, Marquis has received numerous awards including the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition. Marquis’ trumpeting abilities are more than simply skilled. Look for his 2016 album, The Way We Play, on Concord Records.
Modern day jazz singers develop some of the most exciting music of today. While classic jazz artists include Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and Louis Daniel Armstrong these 5 famous modern jazz musicians bring something new to the table. Enjoy their new and old albums to wake up your playlist.
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