Listening to jazz for the first time? Tonyboy de Leon, co-owner of the Makati jazz bar 78-45-33, tells The Edition which artists you should listen to for a proper introduction.


Dave Brubeck

The late Dave Brubeck (he passed away in 2012, at 91 years old) was a pianist and composer who co-founded the musical group the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Their album Time Out was the first jazz album to sell one million copies.


Sergio Mendes

The Brazilian musician’s top hits include “Never Gonna Let You Go,” which peaked at #4 on the Billboard album charts in 1983, and “The Look of Love,” which also peaked at #4, earlier in 1968. The three-time Grammy Award winner still goes on tour around the world, performing in the United States this month.


Miles Davis

The trumpeter and composer was born and raised in Illinois before relocating to New York to attend Juilliard. He released the celebrated recording Kind of Blue in 1959, which remains the best-selling jazz album today. He died at 65 years old in Santa Monica, California, in 1991.


Steely Dan

An American band formed by core members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker in the early 1970s, Steely Dan is rightly classified by de Leon as “jazz-rock.” Fagen leads a North America tour of the band this year, following Becker’s widely mourned passing in 2017.

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