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Win the 'Masters of American Music' DVD box set

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Nov 23, 2010 Updated Dec 17, 2010

ABC Jazz and Jazz Up Late with Gerry Koster are giving you the opportunity to win the 'Masters of American Music' 10 DVD box set.

This extensive collection documents the lives and works of musicians who defined America’s musical history from the birth of the blues to swing, big band, bebop, free jazz and so much more.  The DVD's include: Bluesland; Louis Armstrong; Count Basie; Ray Charles; John Coltrane; Billie Holiday; Thelonious Monk; Charlie Parker; Sarah Vaughan; and The Story Of Jazz.

All you need to do is tell us who you think is the one defining American jazz musician and in a short paragraph your reasons why.

This competition has closed.

The winner was Jack Mitchell from Lithgow. 

His entry was: Louis Armstrong is without doubt the defining American jazz musician. Although there have been great musicians before and after, Louis was the one who had the imagination and mastery of his instrument that changed the way that jazz could be played. By his great masterpieces recorded in the twenties, he spread the word, and EVERYONE who came after him was influenced by him and is in his debt

Artist Biography


John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane" (September 23, 1926 - July 17, 1967), was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and was later at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions during his career, and appeared as a sideman on many albums by other...

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