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Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Johnny Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Johnny Smith's birthday today!

Guitarist Johnny Smith\'s career spans the decades of the 1940\'s through the 1990\'s. From the very beginning of his musical career he influenced the playing of other guitarists. In fact, many mention Smith as a major influence on their playing. The major guitar builders as Guild, Gibson, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marvin "Smitty" Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marvin "Smitty" Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Marvin “Smitty" Smith's birthday today!

Marvin “Smitty" Smith, Born June 24, 1961 in Waukegan (Illinois). “It was a very natural inclination for me to play drums," says Marvin “Smitty" Smith. A glance at his early life validates that truth. Born the son of a drummer, Marvin, Sr., was always surrounded by ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Donald Harrison

Jazz Musician of the Day: Donald Harrison

All About Jazz is celebrating Donald Harrison's birthday today!

Donald Harrison is being called one of the most important musicians of the new millennium by CBS Sunday Morning. A list of his accomplishments shows that he has developed into a musical category unto himself. In the classic jazz genre, he is the originator of the Nouveau ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hermeto Pascoal

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hermeto Pascoal

All About Jazz is celebrating Hermeto Pascoal's birthday today!

Hermeto Pascoal is a prolific musician and composer who transcends category. Hermeto often uses unconventional instruments such as teapots, children\'s toys, found objects, and—sometimes, without harming them—live animals. He uses nature as a basis for his compositions, as in his Música da Lagoa, where the musicians burble ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eric Reed

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eric Reed

All About Jazz is celebrating Eric Reed's birthday today!

When you think of hard-driving swing, daring expression, sophistication and elegance in artistry, formidable technique and a thunderous sound, there are only a very small handful of contemporary pianists you think of and one of them is most assuredly ERIC REED. But don’t think of him as ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eric Dolphy

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eric Dolphy

All About Jazz is celebrating Eric Dolphy's birthday today!

Eric Allan Dolphy was a jazz musician who played alto saxophone, flute and bass clarinet. Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Hollenbeck

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Hollenbeck

All About Jazz is celebrating John Hollenbeck's birthday today!

John Hollenbeck\'s versatility as a percussionist and composer is revealed in a body of work that challenges countless boundaries. Performances with Fred Hersh, Kenny Wheeler and Bob Brookmeyer have showcased Hollenbeck\'s melodic and sensitive small-group jazz drumming. His unique approach to big band work is evident as ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sue Raney

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sue Raney

All About Jazz is celebrating Sue Raney's birthday today!

Sue Raney has one of the most beautiful voices in music. She is always in-tune, displays complete control over her vibrato, and has the rare gift of being able to interpret lyrics with such deep understanding that she makes them sound fresh, even if the words are ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Scott

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Scott

All About Jazz is celebrating Tony Scott's birthday today!

Tony Scott, a distinguished jazz clarinetist who in the 1950s helped steer his instrument out of the swing era and into the sax-infested waters of bebop. With Buddy DeFranco, Mr. Scott was considered one of the leading bebop clarinetists. (The two men were often described as the ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tom Harrell

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tom Harrell

All About Jazz is celebrating Tom Harrell's birthday today!

Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has ...