Songs Inspired By Jazz

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For the first half of the 20th century, jazz was the king of music! But even if jazz has since been dethroned by modern styles of music like rock, pop and hip hop, jazz still serves as a vast source of inspiration for contemporary artists.

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Far Out Magazine, Miles Davis & Radiohead (2021):
Spacial Anomaly, OK Computer and Bitches Brew (2015):
Juice Magazine, interview with Thom Yorke (2000):
MOJO Magazine, interview with Thom Yorke (2001):
Radiohead interview in Q magazine (1998):
MTV News, Christina Aguilera on ‘Candyman’ (2007):
Interview with Paul McCartney (2001):
Interview with Paul McCartney (2012):
Evan Rogers explains a “shout chorus”:
Miles, B. Many Years From Now (1997)
Vox on Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke”:
Kendrick Lamar’s use of “Nardis”:


20 thoughts on “Songs Inspired By Jazz

  1. Thank you for talking about the jazz verse! Just yesterday I was wondering why the beginning of I’ve Got Rhythm sounded so dreary lol

  2. David has a true gift… if I’ve ever seen one! I have “a” (many) major learning disabilities, especially in regards to music theory. Yet somehow this video miraculously seeped into my brain and was absorbed and understood! If I could put it into vision terms…It was as if I were legally blind and had not been able to see well enough to recognize a single face for 40 years. Then all of a sudden David shows up, and somehow I can see the color of my child’s eyes and hair. And realize that they have freckles too! Thank God for this incredible gift this lesson has given me!

  3. B.Keyz has done a lot of jazz influenced stuff, also check out Jon Bellion’s song Mah’s Joint. And I mean goodness, there’s so much more jazz influence in Radiohead’s catalog than you had time for

  4. US3 straight up loops Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island for their song Canaloop Flip Fantasia.

  5. What is the song at the end aaaaa, the ghost of Glenn Miller shall haunt me until I find out

  6. How could you not qoute: Will you still need me will you still feed me when im Sixty four? with all that music-hall and jazz in it)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

  7. Great video. May I add, bass intro to Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, from Horace Silver’s, “Song for My Father”?

  8. Is it just me but aren’t all of your videos just basically about how Thom Yorke and Paul Mccartney unknowingly played some jazz note 30 + years ago?

  9. “What’s your name? Tell me you love jazz.”

    “My name in Minuet, and I love all jazz except Dixie Land.”

    “Why not Dixie Land?”

    “You can’t dance to it.”

  10. Nice work. I watched Aimee’s too — no overlap! I guess that was because of coordination and planning, but you focused on some of the same artists.

  11. I saw Humphrey Lyttelton’s big band performing at Radiohead’s Oxford all dayer a few years back. Cracking fine show all told.

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