This influential musician, composer and vocalist wrote the lyrics to Charlie Parker’s “Yardbird Suite.” Who is he? […] Continue reading »
Before following Anita O’Day as lead singer of Stan Kenton’s orchestra, she was known as Sharon Leslie, and sang with a group led by Boyd Raeburn. Who was she? […] Continue reading »
Born Lucius Venable, among this bandleader’s notable sidemen were Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bill Doggett, and Dizzy Gillespie. Who was Lucius Venable? […] Continue reading »
This legendary musician studied with Sidney Bechet and took his place in Willie “The Lion” Smith’s group. Who was he? […] Continue reading »
Ralph Ellison described this Oklahoma City native — eventually known as “Mr. Five by Five” — as once being a “compact, debonair young man who dressed with an easy elegance.” Who is he?
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Before being involved in organizing the Jazz Composers Guild, this important figure in the free jazz movement of the 1960’s was a cigarette girl at New York’s Birdland.
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This saxophonist was best known for “Night Train,” a song based on Duke Ellington’s “Happy Go Lucky Local.”
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“Adolphus” had one of the longest careers in the history of jazz, having played with, among others, Bessie Smith, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman.
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