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Gil Evans

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...Gil Evans, born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1912, became a nexus for the emerging bebop and bop-derivative jazz genres that came out of New York City. Raised in Stockton, California, Evans moved to New York City permanently in 1946....
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...The pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk brought a unique musical and sartorial style to the bebop era of American jazz. Born in North Carolina in 1917, Monk and his family relocated to the San Juan Hill neighborhood of New York City in 1922. He...

Chet Baker

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...Despite a tumultuous career, Chet Baker has managed to become one of the most well-respectived jazz musicians of the mid-twentieth century. Born in Oklahoma in 1929 to a musical family, Baker began singing in church before his father gave...

Dave Brubeck

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...As one of the most identifiable and commercially successful members of the West Coast jazz scene, Dave Brubeck provided cheeky titles to his mathematically complicated music and became a celebrated composer and performer. Born...

Stan Getz

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...With his warm saxophone tone, Stan Getz became a major figure in various post-bop jazz movements. Getz was born in 1927 in Pennsylvania to a British-Ukrainian immigrant family that moved to New York City during the Great Depression. Getz...
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...As an arranger and saxophonist, Gerry Mulligan brought a unique style to the development of cool jazz in the 1950s and 1960s. He was born in Queens, New York City in 1927, and his father relocated the family to Ohio where they employed...

Woody Herman

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...With a rotating group of musicians termed “the Herd,” Woody Herman became an innovator in big band jazz. Born in 1913 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Herman sang in vaudeville performances from an early age and had learned to play the saxophone...

West Coast Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...West Coast jazz was a term used in the popular media of 1950s and 1960s to refer to what was perceived as a distinctively Californian approach to jazz. California had been closely linked to jazz since its earliest days, with both San...

Progressive Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...‘ Progressive jazz’ generally refers to a school of jazz composition and arranging from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, though this period could easily be extended back to the late 1930s and on through the late 1950s. Works...

Cool Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...A jazz movement of the 1950s, cool jazz emerged at a time when the up-tempo, virtuosic extremes of an earlier style, bebop, had fallen out of public favor following a brief commercial breakthrough in the mid-1940s, and modern jazz found...