Jazz Music Eras

The artists listed below each era are examples that you may want to research and explore with your students.  Please note, this is by no means a complete list.

Era

Late 1800’s early 1900’s – Ragtime:

1920’s – Early Jazz

1930’s-40’s – Swing:

1940’s – Bop:

1950 – Hard Bop:

  • Cannonball Adderly
  • Horace Silver
  • Art Blakey

1960 – Free Jazz:

  • Ornette Coleman
  • Charles Mingus
  • McCoy Tyner
  • Today’s Jazz Groove:
  • Leon Parker
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Buckshot Le Fonque
  • Rebirth of Cool series of Cd’s
  • Modeski Martin and Wood

Cousins of Jazz

Funk:

  • Earth Wind and Fire
  • Commodores
  • Funkadelics
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Maceo Parker

Blues:

  • Robert Johnson
  • Muddy Waters
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Koko Taylor
  • BB King

Hip Hop:

  • Run DMC
  • Outkast
  • Missy Elliott
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