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Jazz Musician of the Day: Miles Davis

Jazz Musician of the Day: Miles Davis

All About Jazz is celebrating Miles Davis' birthday today!

Throughout a professional career lasting 50 years, Miles Davis played the trumpet in a lyrical, introspective, and melodic style, often employing a stemless harmon mute to make his sound more personal and intimate. But if his approach to his instrument was constant, his approach to jazz was ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wallace Roney

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wallace Roney

All About Jazz is celebrating Wallace Roney's birthday today!

Wallace Roney is from Philadelphia, PA, born May 25, 1960. He began his musical studies at the age of five, learning rhythmic dictation and sight-reading. He began playing the trumpet at age six. He was identified as a prodigy and was awarded a scholarship to the Settlement ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Archie Shepp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Archie Shepp

All About Jazz is celebrating Archie Shepp's birthday today!

Archie Shepp was born in 1937 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida. He grew up in Philadelphia, studied piano and saxophone and attended high school in Germantown; he went to college, became involved with theatre, met writers and poets, among them, Leroy Jones and wrote: «The Communist», an ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Artie Shaw

Jazz Musician of the Day: Artie Shaw

All About Jazz is celebrating Artie Shaw's birthday today!

Artie Shaw, a brilliant jazz clarinetist, was one of the most enigmatic, daring and adventurous bandleaders of the swing-era. An intellectual, he hated public life and the music industry. Over the course of his short career he formed ten orchestras and disbanding most of them after only ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sun Ra

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sun Ra

All About Jazz is celebrating Sun Ra's birthday today!

Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Waller

Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Waller

All About Jazz is celebrating Fats Waller's birthday today!

Jazz music\'s first organist and one of the giants of piano jazz Thomas Wright “Fats" Waller was born on May 21, 1904 in Harlem into a musical family. His grandfather was an accomplished violinist and his mother was the church organist. His family had moved to New ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

All About Jazz is celebrating Bob Florence's birthday today!

For close to 50 years now the release of a new Bob Florence recording has been a major cause for celebration in the jazz world and with each album, going all the way back to 1958\'s “Name Band 59", it seems that he has reached an absolute ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Fortune

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Fortune

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Fortune's birthday today!

When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins and Parker are mentioned. Quite a legacy- but well deserved- for Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music. Lucky ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kai Winding

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kai Winding

All About Jazz is celebrating Kai Winding's birthday today!

Trombonist Kai Christen Winding (pronounced ki-win-ding) was one of the founding fathers of be-bop music and truly one of the finest-ever jazz trombonists. As a sideman to bop’s reigning kings “ Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Tadd Dameron “ he was more a ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jackie McLean

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jackie McLean

All About Jazz is celebrating Jackie McLean's birthday today!

John Lenwood (Jackie) McLean was an alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and educator, born in New York City. His father, John Sr., who died in 1939, played guitar in Tiny Bradshaw\'s orchestra. After his father\'s death, his musical education was continued by his godfather, by his stepfather, who ...