[JPL] Who is Jazz's Greatest Living Legend?

Bob Stockton drbob at modernjazzclassics.com
Fri Mar 23 10:49:15 EDT 2007

I'd probably sub Bud Shank for Ornette on the list.

Bob Stockton
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From: "Derrick Lucas" <dnlbka at rit.edu>
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Subject: [JPL] Who is Jazz's Greatest Living Legend?

This Week's JPL Sponsor: GRACE KELLY

A question to spark discussion and friendly debate,

Who in your opinion is jazz's greatest living legend by instrument and

So here's my opinion off the top of my head. I know I'm missing somebody

Alto Sax-Ornette Coleman

Bass-Ron Carter

Drums-Max Roach

Guitar-Kenny Burrell

Guitar-George Benson

Hammond B3-Jimmy McGriff

Piano-Oscar Peterson

Piano- Dave Brubeck

Piano-Herbie Hancock

Piano-Horace Silver

Tenor Sax-Sonny Rollins

Tenor Sax-Wayne Shorter

Trombone-Curtis Fuller

Trumpet-Freddie Hubbard

Vibes-Bobby Hutcherson

Vocals (Male) Jon Hendricks

Vocals (Female)-Etta James

Of the names listed I would say Max would get my vote as jazz's greatest
living legend.

Who's yours?



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