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Posted 4/24/15
I've almost always listened to rock, but I want to get into more genres. I thought about Jazz and Blues, but I don't know which artists are good or not and was wondering if anyone could recommend an artist or two. Thank you in advance.
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Posted 4/25/15
I know nothing about jazz but GoGo Penguin and Ryo Fukui are great.
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Posted 4/25/15
Starting with the giants like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk is never a bad idea but even within jazz there are many types and you've just got to embrace the fact that you have to start somewhere and might not find out what you like until later on down the road.

John Coltrane - Blue Train

Miles Davis - Round Midnight

Benny Goodman - Sing Sing Sing

Sarah Vaughan - My Favorite Things

Tal Farlow - Isn't It Romantic

Turnabout Jazz Soul - Godot ~ The Fragrance of Dark-Colored Coffee

Tied + Tickled Trio - The Long Tomorrow

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I f you want to try proper old school blues, look no further than the king, Robert Johnson. Even his legend is awesome ( rumours that he sold his soul to the devil at a crossroads), and a lot of his music reflects that. Also, Lead Belly is another classic blues legend, some great blues songs, but also sang a lot of folk and gospel stuff too.
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Posted 4/25/15
Two of my favorite jazz singers are:

Billie Holiday: I'm particularly fond of "God Bless The Child".

Nina Simone: "Sinner Man" is one of the greatest records ever made.

Also, given that you like Rock already, Robert Johnson ("Going Down to the Crossroads"), John Lee Hooker ("One Bourbon, One Shot, One Beer") and Elmore James ("The Sky is Crying") will probably be a good introduction into Blues--familiar, but different enough to be notable.
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Posted 4/25/15

Lowlights wrote:

I know nothing about jazz but GoGo Penguin and Ryo Fukui are great.


Ryo's piano sounds nice, and Gogo Penguin's sound is right up my alley. Thanks!
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Serrota wrote:
I've almost always listened to rock, but I want to get into more genres. I thought about Jazz and Blues, but I don't know which artists are good or not and was wondering if anyone could recommend an artist or two. Thank you in advance.


Nobody doesn't like Dave Brubeck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmDDOFXSgAs

Wes Montgomery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOm17yw__6U

George Benson and Earl Klugh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRtnenKTjLE

Have you watched /kids-on-the-slope? If you like that, then try Bill Evans.

Not all jazz, but since you want to expand your horizons, you could sample these:

Diana Krall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4hPii_RVHE
Toby Lightman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0uKWa4VgmY
Red Molly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtW1sB9N4P8
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Posted 5/16/15
Manhattan Transfer
Grover Washington Jr.
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Posted 5/18/15
Jazz and Blues are entirely different genres and placing them together is really reductive.

For blues I would give you

Robert Johnson
LeadBelly
Howlin Wolf
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Posted 5/18/15
Blues-Muddy Waters
Little Walter
BB King
John Lee Hooker
Pinetop Perkins
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Posted 5/19/15
One of our local artists made good has become one of my modern day favorites. Susan Tedeschi used to be a solo act but became somewhat well known when she joined Bob Weir's (The Grateful Dead) band The Other Ones. Now, she and her husband Derek Trucks have The Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Here's their VEVO page on Youtube ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDcSZ1Wjn8A36CCakDV6V8A ).
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