Posted by: Waheeda Harris | May 16, 2011

Travel inspiration – Putumayo presents JAZZ

For all of you who want to start a jazz education and don’t know where to start – a compilation is the perfect thing. A sampling of a few vocalists and musicians, the right selection will whet your appetite for more.

Putumayo World Music, best known for its compilations of reggae, folk, bossa nova and traditional sounds has turned its ear to American jazz legends with JAZZ, featuring songs by Billie Holiday, Blossom Dearie, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone and Chet Baker.

Taking songs from the 20th century’s best known names, JAZZ focuses on this unique American art form, born in the clubs and studios of Chicago, New York, San Francisco and New Orleans and gives a history of each performer as well as the song in the accompanying liner notes.

This selection of classic artists also features them in their prime, singing  and performing songs now considered standards of jazz. For those who are well versed in this world, its a reminder of old favourites and for those who are just about to discover, its  the perfect starting point to start a jazz education and inspire a trip.

For more information: Putumayo World Music

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