There’s no denying that true jazz artists are a rare breed. But, when Dolce & Gabbana hired the New York band known as The Hot Sardines to perform at their s/s 17 menswear show during fashion week this June, it was clear – Jazz talent is still very much alive and trending.
But, while artists in more commercial genres of music are easy-to-come by, jazz musicians tend to move under the radar with the agile grace of a Louis Armstrong trumpet solo. And just so you don’t seem like a fish out of water the next time you visit a record shop we’ve put together our top three favourites who are forging their individual success, away from the flashing lights.
The Composer: Aaron Diehl
One of the youngest artists to be awarded the honour of being the Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist is Aaron Diehl, considered a jazz virtuoso by many in the field. An expert pianist, the young star has four albums under his belt and has toured with Grammy award nominee Cécile McLorin Salvant. But, Aaron’s star quality lies solely in both his progressive talent as a pianist and his remarkably researched in-depth performances and compositions.
The Singer: Emilia Martenson
In her own words Emilia Martenson uses the dialogue of old world jazz to form contemporary music. The Swedish musician based in England, incorporates folk music with hints of pop basked heavily in jazz standards to form a unique medley of sound. Working as a singing teacher and performing at intimate settings the velvety tones of Emilia’s voice paired with her instruments of choice cast a heady yet optimistic journey of sound that’s won us over.
The Band: The Hot Sardines
Founded by native New Yorker Evan Palazzo and Parisian Miz Elizabeth (Elizabeth Bougerol), this band is lauded by Forbes as being one of the best jazz acts in the big apple to date. Combining their love of American jazz legends like Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt this unique group of artists have found success in their ability to seamlessly captivate listeners both young and old with a infusion of dance worthy tracks and performances.