Because it is the only true American art form and is still young enough that the heyday of the style was popular fairly recently, jazz is a very well documented genre of music. Another reason that people in the United States find it interesting is that most of the legends of the genre are American. Most of the biggest musical heroes in American history that in some way progressed music as a whole are jazz musicians. The best thing is that they hail from all over the country.
The east coast has the lion’s share of great jazz legends like Duke Ellington. Confused? Here‘s a little help . But, you may be surprised how many great jazz legends hail from the Midwest. Two of the most influential musicians in jazz history come from the Midwest. Miles Davis, who changed the sound of jazz probably 3 or 4 times during the course of his career, is from St. Louis. Charlie Parker, widely considered the greatest alto sax player of all time and one of the inventors of bebop, is from Kansas City. Many great horn players and other musicians came out of the Kansas City and St. Louis in the middle part of the 20th century. When looking into great jazz legends you need to look past the east coast and get to the heart of the country for some true gems of the genre.