Famous Black Jazz Musicians

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician
Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong
04 August 1901, American
Trumpeter

Chaka KhanChaka Khan
23 March 1953, American
Singer

Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington
29 April 1899, American
Composer, Pianist and Bandleader

Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk
10 October 1917, American
Jazz Pianist & Composer

Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie
21 October 1917, American
Bandleader
Charles MingusCharles Mingus
22 April 1922, American
Jazz Musician

Buddy BoldenBuddy Bolden
06 September 1877, American
Musical Artist

Don ShirleyDon Shirley
29 January 1927, Jamaican, American
Composer
Frank MorganFrank Morgan
23 December 1933, American
Saxophonist

Dinah WashingtonDinah Washington
29 August 1924, American
Singer, Jazz musician
Michael McCaryMichael McCary
16 December 1971, American
Singer

Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan
27 March 1924, American
Singer

Don CherryDon Cherry
18 November 1936, American
Jazz trumpeter

Ralph TresvantRalph Tresvant
16 May 1968, American
Singer

Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery
06 March 1923, American
Musician
Esperanza SpaldingEsperanza Spalding
18 October 1984, American
Music educator, Jazz musician, Singer

Art BlakeyArt Blakey
11 October 1919, American
Drummer

Hugh MasekelaHugh Masekela
04 April 1939, South African
Trumpeter, Composer, Jazz musician

James JamersonJames Jamerson
29 January 1936, American
Bass player
Jelly Roll MortonJelly Roll Morton
20 October 1890, American
Pianist, Bandleader, Composer, Conductor, Jazz

Max RoachMax Roach
10 January 1924, American
Musician
McCoy TynerMcCoy Tyner
11 December 1938, American
Pianist

Cleo LaineCleo Laine
28 October 1927, British
Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor

Louis JordanLouis Jordan
08 July 1908, American
Singer, Actor, Saxophonist, Jazz musician
Nathan EastNathan East
08 December 1955, American
Bassist, Jazz musician

Freddie HubbardFreddie Hubbard
07 April 1938, American
Trumpeter
Robert GlasperRobert Glasper
05 April 1978, American
Singer-songwriter

W. C. HandyW. C. Handy
16 November 1873, American
Trumpeter, Composer, Songwriter, Autobiographer,

Ron CarterRon Carter
04 May 1937, American
Musician
Horace SilverHorace Silver
02 September 1928, American
Pianist

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Ellis Marsalis Jr.Ellis Marsalis Jr.
14 November 1934, American
Pianist
Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis
27 May 1935, American
Radio personality, Jazz musician, Pianist

William OnyeaborWilliam Onyeabor
26 March 1946, Nigerian
Musician

Joe HendersonJoe Henderson
24 April 1937, American
Musician

Mary Lou WilliamsMary Lou Williams
08 May 1910, American
American jazz pianist
Jackie McLeanJackie McLean
17 May 1931, American
Musician
Christian McBrideChristian McBride
31 May 1972, American
Jazz musician

Art FarmerArt Farmer
21 August 1928, American
American musician

Philly Joe JonesPhilly Joe Jones
15 July 1923, American
American drummer

Milt JacksonMilt Jackson
01 January 1923, American
Jazz vibraphonist
Archie SheppArchie Shepp
24 May 1937, American
Jazz Saxophonist

Jonathan ButlerJonathan Butler
10 October 1961, South African
Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Guitarist, Jazz

Nat AdderleyNat Adderley
25 November 1931, American
Jazz Trumpeter

Cornell DupreeCornell Dupree
19 December 1942, American
Guitarist

J. J. JohnsonJ. J. Johnson
22 January 1924, American
Composer, Jazz musician, Film score composer
Eddie HarrisEddie Harris
20 October 1934, American
Musician

James Reese EuropeJames Reese Europe
22 February 1880, American
Composer
Pinetop PerkinsPinetop Perkins
07 July 1913, American
Jazz Pianist

Hank JonesHank Jones
31 July 1918, American
Musician

Bill TaylorBilly Taylor
24 July 1921, American
Jazz Pianist
Shirley HornShirley Horn
01 May 1934, American
Musician

Earl PalmerEarl Palmer
25 October 1924, American
American drummer
Bobby HutchersonBobby Hutcherson
27 January 1941, American
Vibraphonist

Johnny GriffinJohnny Griffin
24 April 1928, American
Tenor Saxophonist

Cedar WaltonCedar Walton
17 January 1934, American
Jazz Pianist

Jack McDuffJack McDuff
17 September 1926, American
Organist

Kenny DrewKenny Drew
28 August 1928, American
Musician
Jimmie LuncefordJimmie Lunceford
06 June 1902, American
Saxophonist

Ricky BellRicky Bell
18 September 1967, American
Singer

Tadd DameronTadd Dameron
21 February 1917, American
Composer

Mulgrew MillerMulgrew Miller
13 August 1955, American
American musician
Bob KaufmanBob Kaufman
18 April 1925, American
Poet

Cozy ColeCozy Cole
17 October 1909, American
Drummer
Harry EdisonHarry Edison
10 October 1915, American
Jazz Trumpeter

Rashied AliRashied Ali
01 July 1933, American
Jazz drummer

Randy WestonRandy Weston
06 April 1926, American
Jazz Pianist
Dewey RedmanDewey Redman
17 May 1931, American
Musician

Pete CoseyPete Cosey
09 October 1943, American
Guitarist
Buck ClaytonBuck Clayton
12 November 1911, American
Jazz trumpet player

Johnny DoddsJohnny Dodds
12 April 1892, American
Musician

Don ByasDon Byas
21 October 1912, American
Musician
Doc CheathamDoc Cheatham
13 June 1905, American
Jazz Trumpeter

Jay McShannJay McShann
12 January 1916, American
Musician
Don PullenDon Pullen
25 December 1941, American
Jazz Pianist

Bennie MotenBennie Moten
13 November 1894, American
Jazz pianist

Ed BlackwellEd Blackwell
10 October 1929, American
Drummer

Sy OliverSy Oliver
17 December 1910, American
Musician
Roland HannaRoland Hanna
10 February 1932, American
Pianist
David S. WareDavid S. Ware
07 November 1949, American
Musician

Herbie NicholsHerbie Nichols
03 January 1919, American
Musician

Pete La RocaPete La Roca
07 April 1938, American
Jazz Drummer

Harry CarneyHarry Carney
01 April 1910, American
Saxophonist
Jimmie NooneJimmie Noone
23 April 1895, American
Composer

Wild Bill DavisWild Bill Davis
24 November 1918, American
Pianist

Rex StewartRex Stewart
22 February 1907, American
Musician

Michael S. HarperMichael S. Harper
18 March 1938, American
Poet

Benny WatersBenny Waters
23 January 1902, American
Musician
Sonny BradshawSonny Bradshaw
28 March 1926, Jamaican
Musician

John GilmoreJohn Gilmore
28 September 1931, American
Musician
Johnnie JohnsonJohnnie Johnson
08 July 1924, American
American musician

William Christopher HandyWilliam Christopher Handy
16 November 1873, American
Composer
Gatemouth BrownGatemouth Brown
18 April 1924, American
Musician
Tatá GüinesTatá Güines
30 June 1930, Cuban
Cuban percussionist