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    • Abe Most

    • Jazz; Clarinetists; Jazz musicians;
    • Clarinetist Abe Most was born in New York on February 27, 1920. Inspired by both Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, he began playing gigs at the age of 16. After leading a number of groups in the New York area he joined Les Brown where he played alto...
    • Al Gallodoro

    • Jazz; Clarinetists; Jazz musicians;
    • Al Gallodoro was born in Chicago on June 20, 1913. His virtuosity on the clarinet and saxophone has taken him from the vaudeville theaters of New Orleans to Carnegie Hall, and at age 92 he still enthralls audiences with his musicianship. He...
    • Al Grey

    • Jazz; Trombonists; Jazz musicians;
    • Al Grey’s trombone sound is immediately recognizable in the world of jazz. Born in 1925, he first played trombone in a Navy band. Early career highlights included work with Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter and Dizzy Gillespie. When a Basie trombone...
    • Al Tinney

    • Jazz; Pianists; Jazz musicians;
    • Pianist Al Tinney was born in Ansonia, Connecticut on May 28, 1921 and died in Buffalo, New York on December 11, 2002. He appeared in the original production of Porgy & Bess as a child performer and later led the house band at Monroe's Uptown House...
    • Alan Raph

    • Jazz; Trombonists; Jazz musicians;
    • Alan Raph was born in New York City on July 3, 1933. He came from a musical family and has fashioned a successful career as a trombonist and low brass player. Alan has played for most of the major names in the classical and jazz world, including...
    • Albert Murray

    • Jazz; Authors; Jazz musicians;
    • For the last 25 years, Albert Murray has been one of America’s most influential writers. From his first book The Omni Americans (1970) to his current The Seven League Boots, Mr. Murray has provided a unique perspective on American culture. In...
    • Allen Vache

    • Jazz; Clarinetists; Jazz musicians;
    • Clarinetist Allen Vache was born in New Jersey and currently makes his home in Orlando, Florida. He credits Kenny Davern as an important early influence, as well as his musical family. Allen appears frequently at jazz festivals and concerts here...
    • Alvin Queen

    • Jazz; Drummers (Musicians); Jazz musicians; Drums; Percussionists;
    • Drummer Alvin Queen was born on August 16, 1950 in Mount Vernon, NY. He received invaluable education in the clubs and musicians gatherings of New York City. Alvin benefited from the wisdom of drummers Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones and especially...
    • Ann Rabson

    • Jazz; Blues musicians; Jazz musicians;
    • Ann Rabson latched onto the Blues at an early age and has made a lifelong career of performing and composing. She is an accomplished guitarist, pianist, vocalist and songwriter, and her gigs encompass Blues festivals and clubs as well as school...
    • Annie Ross

    • Jazz; Jazz singers; Jazz musicians; Women jazz musicians;
    • Vocalist Annie Ross was born in London, England in 1930. She has had an active and successful career in Europe and America and has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in jazz. With Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, she helped bring vocal...
    • Arthur Baron

    • Jazz; Trombonists; Jazz musicians;
    • Trombonist Art Baron was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on January 5, 1950. His versatility has enabled him to perform with a long list of jazz and popular artists including Stevie Wonder, Frank Wess, Bruce Springsteen and the Duke Ellington...
    • Bela Fleck

    • Jazz; Banjoists; Banjo music (Bluegrass);
    • Béla Fleck was born in New York City on July 10, 1958. He has transformed the traditional role of the banjo while creating his own distinctive musical genre with the Flecktones. Béla has enjoyed musical collaborations with artists such as Bruce...
    • Benny Powell [interview 1 of 2]

    • Jazz; Trombonists; Jazz musicians;
    • Trombonist Benny Powell was born in New Orleans on March 1, 1930. He was playing professionally in his teens and joined the Lionel Hampton Band in 1948. In 1951 he joined the Count Basie Orchestra and quickly began sharing the trombone solo chores...
    • Benny Powell [interview 2 of 2]

    • Jazz; Trombonists; Jazz musicians;
    • Trombonist Benny Powell was born in New Orleans on March 1, 1930. He was playing professionally in his teens and joined the Lionel Hampton Band in 1948. In 1951 he joined the Count Basie Orchestra and quickly began sharing the trombone solo chores...
    • Benny Waters

    • Jazz; Saxophonists; Jazz musicians;
    • Benny Waters lays claim to be the oldest working jazzman in the country, probably in the world. Born in Maryland in 1902, Benny showed an early musical aptitude, giving piano recitals by age seven, and soon after learning the reed instruments from...
    • Bernard Purdie

    • Jazz; Drummers (Musicians); Jazz musicians; Drums; Percussionists;
    • Drummer Bernard Pretty Purdie was born in Elkton, Maryland on June 11, 1939. He is often billed as the worlds most recorded drummer and his list of associations include Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie and Gato Barbieri. He has toured...
    • Bill Berry and Buster Cooper

    • Jazz; Jazz musicians;
    • Bill Berry and Buster Cooper have both been mainstays in the brass section of the famed Duke Ellington Orchestra. Bill’s trumpet sound was familiar in the studios and jazz groups of New York until the Merv Griffin Orchestra moved to the west...
    • Bill Charlap

    • Jazz; Pianists; Jazz musicians;
    • Bill Charlap is currently one of the most sought after young pianists in the world of jazz. He grew up in a musical household and absorbed the sounds of jazz and musical theater at a young age. Bill has recorded with many of today’s top jazz...
    • Bill Crow

    • Jazz; Double bassists; Jazz musicians; Bass; Acoustic Bassists;
    • Bill Crow has enjoyed a multi-faceted music career. His successful performing career as a bassist allowed him into the inner circle of great jazz musicians where he became fascinated with the stories they had to share. His recent book Jazz...
    • Bill Holman

    • Jazz; Conductors (Music); Jazz musicians;
    • Bill Holman is one of the most respected arranger/composers in all of jazz. He was born in Olive, California on May 21, 1927, and took up the sax and clarinet in public school. After a brief fling with mechanical engineering he established himself...

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