Jazz music is relaxing. It is something you would want to listen to at the end of a long and stressful day. It calms your soul. The cool sounds of the instruments can wash away your anxieties. The experience becomes even more comforting when you choose to listen to the best jazz musicians.
If you want to spend an afternoon or evening listening to soothing jazz music, the first thing you should consider is your choice of musicians. Nothing beats the experience of listening to the masters and some of jazz music’s most talented and most promising. They may not be as popular as the jazz greats, but they are definitely talented and deserve to be appreciated and praised. Here are three jazz musicians you should listen to. You may know some of them already, but many are still not familiar with them or their music.
Born in California, this singer-songwriter has been in the music industry for more than 20 years. Dubbed as “The Next Great Male Jazz Singer” by NPR Music, Porter left his sunny hometown and moved to New York City. This was the break he needed as his career started creating waves after he began performing at St. Nick’s Pub. He has several albums to his credit. Porter is a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal for Liquid Spirit, his 3rd album.
Esperanza Spalding was born in Portland, Oregon and started displaying her musical skills when she joined the Chamber Music Society of Oregon. Spalding played the violin. In 2006, the talented musician released her first album, Junjo, which generated a lot of buzz in the American jazz music scene. The album also received good reviews from critics. She is the recipient of some Grammy awards and holds the distinction of being the first jazz musician to receive the Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, which was awarded to her in 2010. Aside from singing, Spalding also plays the cello and the bass.
New Orleans resident Jamison Ross started getting involved in music very early in his young life as he performed at the church of his grandfather. This young drummer has an extensive resume that includes awards and a long list of jazz greats he has worked and performed with, including Carmen Lundy (singer) and Jon Batiste. His first album was released in 2015.