As in any art, jazz has its masterpieces, which have influenced the development of culture and are known to this day.
Such compositions are usually called jazz standards - they must know any musician who calls himself a jazzman.
The most popular Christmas composition wasIt was written in the middle of the 19th century, when jazz did not exist at all, and the song itself was not very popular. Its author is James Lord Pirpont. Initially, the work was called The One Horse Open Sleigh, which translates as "One-horse open sleds."
Jingle Bells gained interest in the 20th century, andIn 2008, it was translated into 12 languages of the world. The author of the song was brought to the Hall of Fame of Composers. At one time the composition was performed by such famous jazzmen as Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington.
Let It Snow!
Another popular Christmas song, but written already in the heyday of jazz music. Let It Snow! Despite its winter theme, it was written on a very hot summer day in 1945.
The composition includes more than 20 sung versions, the most famous of which belongs to Frank Sinatra. Through the online store Apple this cover was realized 25 million times.
This jazz composition is none other than an aria for the opera "Porgy and Bess". The author of the aria, George Gershwinn, wrote it in 1935, using in his work African-American motifs.
Summertime was very popular in 20Century. The composition was able to surpass even the famous song of the band "The Beatles" Yesterday by the number of performances. The opera itself, in which the aria is audible four times, has a rather large box office for today.
Another jazz standard of the 30s is composition Caravan, whose main performer is still Duke Ellington. The melody of the composition has a pronounced oriental motif.
Caravan was very popular and repeatedly rehearsed by other performers, including Ella Fitzgerald. For today the composition is a classic of the genre.
The song can be heard in the famous films of Woody Allen and Steven Soderbergh, as well as in the Soviet cartoon film "Well, wait!".
What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong's Jazz Composition What a Wonderful World for today has, perhaps, the greatest popularity among contemporary performers and among listeners.
A famous song was written in the 60s by GeorgeDavid Weiss, and, initially, to perform the future hit was offered to well-known jazzman Tony Bennett, but he refused. Then Armstrong started work.
In comparison with the already known at the timeCompositions by Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World did not bring much success. However, after the release of the film "Good Morning, Vietnam", where the composition acted as a contrast to the terrible events of the war, the song received its deserved popularity. In 1999, What a Wonderful World was included in the Grammy Hall of Fame.