It’s considered that in the 80s the history of Jazz had reached a point where all the basic trends were consolidated. The 70s drove to the rise of what is considered the last new style of Jazz since its beginning, at the end of the 19th century. 

The 80s and the Reinterpretation of Jazz

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Bessie Smith

Although she is popularly known as a blues singer, her influence in jazz was impressive and besides she was a major source of inspiration for the -more famous- jazz singer, Billie Holiday. She was native...

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Eva Cassidy

Her powerful voice is capable of transmitting the feeling and sorrow of her lyrics to another person, her chanting feeling is said to be able to put gooseflesh and cause a lump in the throat....

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It’s necessary going back till 1920, to find the woman better known as the “godmother of blues”. She wasn’t the first woman to give voice to this genre but, she was the first to record...

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Betty Carter

Probably one of the most innovative vocalists in the history of jazz, linked almost permanently to the avant-garde jazz and with a constant tendency to improvisation, her songs at the beginning may seem a bit...

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