Musicians of the Jazz Age

The 1920s saw the rise of jazz as a major musical genre. Jazz emerged from the musical traditions primarily of African Americans in the southern United States and largely depends on the virtuosity of instrumental solosits. The “Roaring 20s” brought in some of the biggest names in the history of jazz music.

Edythe Turnham and her Knights of Syncopation, 1925.
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, Chicago, 1923
King Oliver’s jazz band, 1920
St. Louis Cotton Club Band
Cab Calloway at the Cotton Club. Harlem, New York. 1920.
The King & Carter Jazzing Orchestra, 1921
Sidney Bechet
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five band, 1920’s.
Ma Rainey poses for a studio group shot with her Georgia Jazz Band in 1924
Ethel Waters
Duke Ellington and his band, 1920
Jelly Roll Morton
James P Johnson
Louis Armstrong and King Oliver
King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, 1923.
Bessie Smith
Carter and King Jazzing Orchestra in 1921
Fats Waller
Willy “The Lion” Smith
Duke Ellington
Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five band, 1920’s.

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