Art Samberg – A Brief History of Jazz in New York City

Art J. Samberg possesses over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 2009, Art Samberg retired from his position as chief executive officer at Pequot Capital Management. A longtime resident of New York, Arthur J. Samberg currently serves on the board of directors for Jazz at Lincoln Center, an organization that is committed to promoting education and community engagement through jazz music and performance.

New York has a rich jazz history. During the early 20th century, the city was home to many of the musicians who contributed to the emergence of this innovative musical style. Ragtime composer Scott Joplin lived there, as did pianist and composer Duke Ellington, who played at Harlem’s Cotton Club in the 1920s.

In 1938, jazz was performed at Carnegie Hall for the first time by Benny Goodman and members of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras. This was the first racially integrated jazz performance.

Jazz expanded and transformed throughout the following decades. It gave rise to swing, bebop, and fusion.

With the success of musicians like Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis, jazz continued to flourish in New York City into the 1950s. The city was the birthplace of some of the most influential jazz music labels, including Riverside and Atlantic, the latter of which helped jazz music to reach a national audience.

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