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Duke Ellington. - ELLINGTON called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category." These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz.

Legends of Jazz . Duke Ellington was known in his life as one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz.

Thelonious Monk (1963)

Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 1917 – February was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the giants of American music.

Uncredited Photographer     Sonny Rollins (Sax) and Thelonious Monk (Piano), the Five Spot Cafe, New York City     1957

Uncredited Photographer Sonny Rollins (Sax) and Thelonious Monk (Piano), the Five Spot Cafe, New York City 1957

Benny Goodman - first to bring jazz to Carnegie Hall. Goodman had character drawbacks, too.

1928 - Later in 1938 he was the first to bring jazz to Carnegie Hall and to lead a nationally recognized "mixed" band, of white and "negro" jazz musicians.

Sonny Rollins and Dizzy the Boston.

Sonny Rollins Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins (born September is an American Jazz tenor saxophonist. Rollins is widely recognised as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians.