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King Oliver - 1920s Jazz Trumpet Great

King Oliver led great Hot Jazz bands, set the early standard for trumpets and brought Louis Armstrong....

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Cannonball Adderley is a great in alto saxophone history

Cannonball Adderley's bluesy, soulful playing was accessible and helped lead to hard bop..

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Lester Young

Learn more about this revolutionary tenor sax player - Lester Young

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Coleman Hawkins is called the father of jazz saxophone. Swing, Bop amd onward

The first great tenor sax player, Coleman Hawkins starting swing sax playing. He played Europe and then made the first bop recording.. He influenced every sax after him. Knowing Hawk is essentail.

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Charlie Parker was truly a genius on saxophone

Charlie Parker changed every level- harmonic, tonal, rhythmic and melodic.

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