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Jazz’s Funniest Musicians

Bits & beats

Lou Donaldson
Jimmy Heath backstage
Ken Peplowski on the Jazz Cruise, January 2016

Although jazz has a reputation for being a serious-often too serious-art form, it also has a rich tradition of onstage cutups, from Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie to Cannonball Adderley and Clark Terry. Here are some contemporary musicians who have also honed serious comedic chops. And no, we can’t tell you why there is only one woman. We’re still waiting for the Amy Schumer of jazz.

Dee Dee Bridgewater

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