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Where would jazz music be without the influence of the piano? It is the equivalent of the elder statesman of jazz which demands the upmost respect. It can play melody, harmony and bass, making it capable of functioning as both an accompanying, as well as a lead instrument. Apart from that, it is a magnificent solo instrument. If that's not enough we can also see that as jazz piano music developed, the rhythm possibilities improved enormously, making this instrument sound like a full orchestra. Throughout the history of jazz there have been many pianists who have produced fine examples of piano jazz and we could spend many hours debating who the best is.

Many argue that the tenor saxophone is the ultimate jazz instrument that is versatile and able to create a variety of moods. Surprising then, that it came from humble beginnings in Belgium in the 1840's when Adolphe Sax put a clarinet-like mouthpiece onto a metal body with a conical shape similar to an oboe and came up with an instrument louder than traditional woodwinds and suitable for military music. Even by the turn of the century its main use was in American vaudeville as a novelty instrument - emulating chicken calls and played with a slap-tongued technique. Its appearance in Jazz music changed all that, and by the 1940's it was central to the overall sound.

From Satchmo himself the first great soloist and the most influential American musician who ever lived through the intrepid young lions realizing the unlimited potential of jazz in the 21st century, trumpeters have been leading from the front for decades. The likes of Freddie Hubbard's higher, faster, louder approach, or the casual nonchalance of Miles and Chet they will all certainly command your attention with their characteristic swagger and confidence. 

Milt Hinton once said the bassist is 'the Atlas of the jazz band' because he (or she) carries the rest of the band on their shoulders'. Some of the greats include musicians like Jimmy Blanton a member of the Duke Ellington band); Oscar Pettiford who is considered by bassists and musicologists to be the first bebop bassist and the transitional link from the swing era to bebop. Ray Brown known for backing a number of beboppers, including alto virtuoso Charlie Parker; Milt Hinton and George Duvivier who are the two most recorded bassists in jazz history, their respective careers spanning many eras and genres; a singular creative force was Wilbur Ware legendary bassist with Monk and others, hard bop bassist Ron Carter and my favourite Paul Chambers, a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.

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