Jazz is a music genre that keeps evolving. Since its invention in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century, it has only gotten better, thanks to the many talented jazz artists we have worldwide.

Are you wondering if all of them are old? Well, no. The world has witnessed some unbelievably gifted young jazz artists shaping the future of this timeless music genre. These include the following.

Esperanza Spalding

Born in 1984, Esperanza Spalding is a groundbreaking Oregon-born jazz artist who started playing classical violin from an early age. Junjo, her debut album, got lots of positive reviews from critics, and she has also received multiple Grammys.

Marquis Hill

Marquis Hill is a 1987-born jazz artist who is shaping the future of jazz. This brilliant trumpet player has garnered the attention of many music enthusiasts. The New York Times even described Hill as “a dauntingly skilled trumpeter.”

Melody Gardot

There is no doubt that Gardot deserves to be on this list. She has written her jazz songs, released four albums so far, been nominated for a Grammy, and even appeared at the Love Supreme Jazz Festival.

Other amazing young jazz musicians include:

  • Kamasi Washington
  • Nubya Garcia
  • Mary Halvorson
  • Tivon Pennicott
  • Aaron Diehl
  • Jazzmeia Horn

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