The '40s bandleader and jivey saxophonist Louis Jordan has been called the "father of rhythm & blues" and the "grandfather of rock 'n' roll." Although largely forgotten today, Jordan and his successful quintet, The Tympani Five, popularized the jump blues style, with its amalgam of jazz and blues, which directly led to rebellious, free-spirited rock and roll. (Ray Charles, Little Richard and Chuck Berry all credit Jordan as a significant inspiration.) The... More >>>