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Jazz Musician of the Day: Anton Schwartz

Jazz Musician of the Day: Anton Schwartz

All About Jazz is celebrating Anton Schwartz's birthday today!

“What I require for music to really captivate me,” Anton says, “is groove and intellect working in tandem. Music that gets into your bones, into your head and into your heart.” From Louis Armstrong and Lester Young to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, jazz’s greatest improvisers create ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Philly Joe Jones

Jazz Musician of the Day: Philly Joe Jones

All About Jazz is celebrating Philly Joe Jones' birthday today!

Philly Joe Jones was born with the name Joseph Rudolph Jones in the city of Philadelphia on July 15, 1923. His mother, a piano teacher taught him the basics in music. In his formative years he also studied the drums with drummers the likes of Cozy ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Dawson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Dawson

All About Jazz is celebrating Alan Dawson's birthday today!

Alan Dawson was a respected jazz drummer and widely influential percussion teacher based in Boston. He was born in Marietta, Pennsylvania and raised in Roxbury, MA. Serving in the Army for Korean War duty, Dawson played with the Army Dance Band while stationed at Fort Dix from ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Albert Ayler

Jazz Musician of the Day: Albert Ayler

All About Jazz is celebrating Albert Ayler's birthday today!

Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was born on July 13th 1936 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He learned to play the alto sax at a young age. His father, Edward, encouraged his musical interests and was his first teacher. Albert Ayler continued his musical education at John Adams High ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Gonsalves

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Gonsalves

All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Gonsalves' birthday today!

Although his reputation is often hung upon the mighty gallery-rousing performance he gave at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival with Duke Ellington, tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves was at heart an introspective balladeer. His true legacy is his recorded collection of love songs. Paul Gonsalves was born on ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tomasz Stanko

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tomasz Stanko

All About Jazz is celebrating Tomasz Stanko's birthday today!

Tomasz Stanko was 20 and a graduate of the Cracow Music Academy when he formed his first band, the Jazz Darings, with pianist Adam Makowicz in 1962. Inspired by early Ornette Coleman and the innovations of Coltrane, Miles Davis and George Russell, the group is often cited ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Morgan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Morgan

All About Jazz is celebrating Lee Morgan's birthday today!

Morgan was a jazz prodigy, joining the Dizzy Gillespie big band at 18, remaining a member for two years. Beginning in 1956, he began recording as a leader, mainly for the Blue Note label, eventually he recorded twenty-five albums for the company. Morgan\'s principal influence as a ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Colin Bailey

Jazz Musician of the Day: Colin Bailey

All About Jazz is celebrating Colin Bailey's birthday today!

Born in Swindon, England on July 9th 1934, Colin Bailey began playing drums at age four. He also studied piano and theory at an early age, and worked with English name bands from age eighteen. Colin lived in Australia in the late fifties and was staff drummer ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kendrick Scott

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kendrick Scott

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

Kendrick ‘KADS’ Scott was born and raised in Houston, Texas. His initial inspiration and appreciation for music came from growing up in a household of musicians. The first encounters Kendrick had with the drums were in church, where his parents and older brother were involved in the ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Zawinul

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Zawinul

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Zawinul's birthday today!

It may be a word overused but there isn\'t truly a more appropriate way to describe keyboardist/composer Joe Zawinul. Austrian born, Joe Zawinul emigrated to the US in 1959 where he played with Maynard Ferguson and the great Dinah Washington before joining alto saxophonist great Cannonball Adderley ...