The sound of New Orleans with an experimental flair
When we think about jazz, a few instruments come to mind. Trumpet. Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, the two names at the top of the all-time greats list. Saxophone. The hipster favorites John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Piano. Thelonius Monk and Dave Brubeck, fire and ice. Maybe if we dig deep, we picture the guitar. Django Reinhardt and his gypsy jazz. The trombone. J.J. Johnson, the musician’s musician, or Don Drummond, the father of ska. Clarinet. Artie Shaw by way of Woody Allen. Flute. Stay classy, Ron Burgundy. Keep going down the list and eventually we arrive at the organ, funky cousin to the piano. There, outside of the purists and the aficionados, we struggle to think of any names. Jimmy Smith, if you really know your stuff.