Though it's been nearly 100 years since jazz first made its way into clubs and dance halls, its history is a relatively short one--but by no means uneventful. Thousands of entries on jazz are available on Oxford Reference alone, and the list of influential musicians and vocalists is staggering. This month, explore the people behind this revolution in music history, keeping in mind the words of John Philip Sousa:
Jazz will endure,
as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.
Scott Joplin - Charles “Buddy” Bolden - Duke Ellington Louis Armstrong - Joe Venuti - Nina Simone - Miles Davis - Fats Waller - Charlie Parker - Chet Baker - Ella Fitzgerald - Wynton Marsalis - John Coltrane - Dave Brubeck - Dizzy Gillespie - Billie Holiday - Thelonious Monk - Dinah Washington - Art Tatum - Benny Goodman