Thanks to these legendary performers, jazz became an American phenomenon in the early 1900s. The genre originated within African-American communities, but quickly spread throughout the nation with these artists leading the way.
The swing era was the period from 1935 to 1946. Big band music dominated the nation and featured these musical greats. (And take note: You can use first or last names — like Basie, Calloway or Ellington.)
Female jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone were amazing complements to incredibly talented jazz instrumentalists like these famous fellas.
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