My mate bought a jazz drumkit recently and he's looking to start a band. he asked me if i wanted to be his guitarist... but i don't know much about jazz. so...
could you please name me some really good and well known jazz artists and songs ?
i'd really like to be in his band, but without a fair amount of jazz knowledge, i don't think it's gonna work out.

thanks alot !
Depends what 'Jazz' you're playing. But Coltrane definetly, and try out Freddie Hubbard.

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wes montgomery has lovely smooth songs.
joe pass has a more extravagant style.
Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis have to be there too

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Go to the blues and jazz forum and you will find all of the good artists listed there.
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In jazz, don't look at the music song by song. Rather, learn the language of jazz. Many chord changes are similar and have similar conventions. The hard part is learning to play jazz, not learning the chords.

Learning to play jazz is not something you can grasp in a day, a week, a month, or even a year. But it's never too late to start.

Joe Pass is a great teacher for the fundamentals of jazz. Check out this series of videos in which he explains the basic jazz blues:

Stylistically, sax players are crucial to emulate upon. Check out bebop greats such as Charlie Parker.

Guitar-wise, my favorites are Wes Montgomery and Kurt Rosenwinkel. They're contrasting in style, one being traditional and the other one being modern.

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wes montgomery's version of fly me to the moon is awesome-o
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know your 2, 5 1's. meaning the classic parker chord progression
it depends if youre into big band stuff or not.
give stanley jordan and wes montgomery a try. charlie parker, loui armstrong, maynard ferguson, dizzie, miles adves. all classics.
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Paul Desmond. He's my sax inspiration.
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just listen to lots of jazz. Learn your theory. work on phrasing.

Remember: you have to know the rules to break them.

Play a wrong note once its a mistake. play a wrong note twice its jazz. - Miles Davis

check my band out. were Like a stripped down Gypsy Jazz trio that plays every thing from Hard bop to Swing http://www.myspace.com/pactrio
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"Jazz" is just about as wider term as possible. Allan Holdsworth is a great jazz fusion player. But you can go all the way to classic big band jazz, or Charlie Parker and be-bop, or Miles Davis and modal jazz.

(My Dad set up and owns jazzscript.com, quite a well known Jazz site, so he bores me with his tales )
gordon goodwin is a good contemporary artist. for older stuff, try sammy nestico or stan kenton.
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al di meola is a great jazz/latin/fusion guitar player
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ii I IV, a common jazz chord progression; also look at Miles Davis, not much guitar byt awesome music.
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Django Reinhardt's music is more swing than jazz, but you can learn a lot about jazz guitar from his songs. Other than that, Wes Montgomery is great, as is the guy who played on Miles Davis' fusion stuff (can't recall the name, but check out the album Bitches' Brew).
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Kenny G.

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whats wrong with Kenny G? I think some of his music is great
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