Music is perpetual,
and only the hearing is intermittent.
  ~ Henry David Thoreau ~



"The vision is never more clear
or the dream more attainable
than when it is viewed
on top of the shoulders
of those who have come before us. "
  ~ Trish Richardson ~

The following list includes some of the people who most influenced the artists in The Soul of Jazz:  Stories and Inspiration from Those Who Followed the Song in Their Souls.

Yet these musicians and vocalists are more than just names in a book.  They are the foundation on which today's leading jazz musicians built their house of dreams.  They are legendary.  They are unforgettable.  They are talented.  They are:

Cannonball Adderley   saxophone
George Benson   guitar
Walter Bishop, Jr.   piano
Art Blakey   drums
Ray Brown   bass
Betty Carter   vocals
Ron Carter   bass
Paul Chambers   bass
Chubby Checker   piano
John Coltrane   saxophone
Harry Connick, Jr.   piano
Miles Davis   trumpet
Walter Davis, Jr.   piano
Alan Dawson   drums
Fats Domino   piano
Ella Fitzgerald   vocals
David Foster   piano
Erroll Garner   piano
Herbie Hancock   piano
Freddie Hubbard   trumpet
Ahmad Jamal   piano
Keith Jarrett   piano
Jerry Lee Lewis   piano
Bobby Lyle   piano
Wes Montgomery   guitar
Johnny O'Neal   piano
Oscar Peterson   piano
Oscar Pettiford   bass
Joe Pass   guitar
Charlie Parker   saxophone
Bud Powell   piano
Elvis Presley   vocals
Jimmy Smith   organ
Art Tatum   piano
Fats Waller   piano
James Williams   piano

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