Jazz music has existed for a long time and there are many talented musicians performing jazz past and present. Let’s look at some of the top UK jazz musicians that many believe have been the best to grace the music scene.
- Ronnie Scott
This gentleman was born in 1927 and he is one of the most highly recognised jazz musicians from Britain. In his early career, he worked with many different artists and orchestras, but he soon developed enough time to form a quintet that he really had a lot of passion for – “The Jazz Couriers“. “Smoke in Your Eyes” and “Fools Rush In” are songs you should listen to from these smooth guys.
- Stan Tracey
Born in 1926, this guy was destined to make people happy with his amazing skills right from the start. This pianist played with some of the greats including Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and Freddie Hubbard. Over 6 decades, this talented man released over 40 albums and some of his best-known work “Under the Milk”, which was considered a game changer for British jazz.
- John Dankworth
Mr. Dankworth was born in 1927 and the bepop revolution is something that hugely inspired him. Playing the saxophone and the clarinet, he performed with many different artists, but his own unique style made it difficult not to fall in love with his music.
- Humphrey Lyttleton
Humphrey Lyttleton was born in 1921 and from a very young age, jazz was his number one priority in life. After leaving his duty at world war 2, he joined The Dixielanders but he embraced more traditional jazz some years later. His most well-known song has a bluesy style to it and it is called “Bad Penny Blues”. His own band some years later well and truly thrust him into the limelight but what was great about this man was that he never changed his style, despite what was “popular” as the years passed by.