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Jazz Musician of the Day: Django Reinhardt

Jazz Musician of the Day: Django Reinhardt

All About Jazz is celebrating Django Reinhardt's birthday today!

The man who became the 1st European jazz giant was born Jean Baptiste Reinhardt on January 24 1910 in a Gypsy encampment at Liberchies Belgium. His father was a traveling entertainer so he lived with his mother and her tribe. His early childhood was spent in and ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: J.J. Johnson

Jazz Musician of the Day: J.J. Johnson

All About Jazz is celebrating J.J. Johnson's birthday today!

Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument, playing with such speed and deceptive ease that at one time some listeners assumed he was playing valve ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jason Moran

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jason Moran

All About Jazz is celebrating Jason Moran's birthday today!

Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Cobb

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Cobb

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Cobb's birthday today!

Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all of the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy\'s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

All About Jazz is celebrating Horace Parlan's birthday today!

Horace Parlan has overcome physical disability and thrived as a pianist despite it. His right hand was partially crippled by polio in his childhood, but Parlan\'s made frenetic, highly rhythmic right hand phrases part of his characteristic style, contrasting them with striking left-hand chords. He\'s also infused ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Broom

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Broom

All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby Broom's birthday today!

Guitarist Bobby Broom’s love of jazz has never blocked out his affection for the pop music which he grew up with. It’s been a frequent wellspring throughout his career. “It’s a lot of what I do,” he acknowledges. “Material is material, and I’m just trying to do ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Aldo Romano

Jazz Musician of the Day: Aldo Romano

All About Jazz is celebrating Aldo Romano's birthday today!

Aldo Romano was born in France in 1941, the son of Italian immigrants. His first instrument was the guitar, but he decided to switch to drums in 1961. Essentially self-taught, he nonetheless benefited from the advice of Michel Babault and Jacques Thollot. He admired Philly Joe Jones, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Krupa's birthday today!

Gene Krupa was easily one of the most colorful personalities of the big band era. Despite his outrageous stage persona, Krupa was a serious and disciplined musician whose vision changed the role of drummer forever and who helped standardize the jazz drum kit. Eugene Bertram Krupa was ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Wheeler's birthday today!

Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and William ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Pass

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Pass

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Pass' birthday today!

Joe Pass almost didn\'t make it as a musician due to his early battle with drug addiction. But following a successful rehab at Synanon and a recording session with fellow recovered musicians entitled Sounds of Synanon, the guitarist was signed by Dick Bock to the Pacific Jazz ...