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In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, explore the icons behind one of the biggest cultural influences of the 20th century.

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
Earl Hines

 

All entries will be freely accessible through April 2014 and are drawn from Grove Dictionary of American Music 2nd edition, The Oxford Dictionary of Music 6th edition, Black Women in American 2nd edition, and Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present.

Additionally, feel free to explore the collection of Jazz quotations in Oxford Essential Quotations, including the iconic verse from Irving Mills "It don't mean a thing/If it ain't got that swing."