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Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

All About Jazz is celebrating Harry Allen's birthday today!

Gene Lees writes, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, \'My technique, Al Cohn\'s ideas, and Zoot\'s time.\' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen." BMG recording artist Harry Allen has over twenty recordings to his name. Three of Harry\'s CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan\'s Swing Journal Magazine... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Thelonious Monk

Jazz Musician of the Day: Thelonious Monk

All About Jazz is celebrating Thelonious Monk's birthday today!

With the arrival Thelonious Sphere Monk, modern music— let alone modern culture—simply hasn’t been the same. Recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre, Monk achieved a startlingly original sound that even his most devoted followers have been unable to successfully imitate. His musical vision was both ahead of its time and deeply rooted in tradition... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Garrett

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Garrett

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

Kenny Garrett is a jazz saxophonist. He was born in Detroit, MI in 1960. His father was a tenor saxophonist. Kenny\'s career took off when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, then led by Duke\'s son, Mercer Ellington. Three years later he played in the Mel Lewis Orchestra (playing the music of Thad Jones) and also the Dannie Richmond Quartet (focusing on Charles Mingus\'s music). In 1984... Read more. ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pepper Adams

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pepper Adams

All About Jazz is celebrating Pepper Adams' birthday today!

Pepper Adams was one of hard bop\'s most significant baritone saxophonists. His dark, hearty tone on the horn and driving rhythmic sense provided the antithesis to the lighter, floating (and consequently more popular) styles of Gerry Mulligan. His family moved to Rochester, New York when he was young and in that city he began his musical efforts. That said his family\'s later move to Detroit, Michigan... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Young

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Young

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Young's birthday today!

A true innovator on the Hammond B3, Young took a different musical path than any of the other organ masters of his time: Although he started out drawing his major influences from the work of Jimmy Smith and the gospel and blues elements that other players employed, but eventually turned to a more complex, modal approach to the organ with sophisticated harmonic and chordal structure Larry Young was born on October ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Whitfield

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Whitfield

All About Jazz is celebrating Mark Whitfield's birthday today!

Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston\'s prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1987 where he studied composition, arranging, film scoring and conducting as well as all styles of guitar performance. Later on that year, he returned to his native New York, and immediately began his professional career. Within a few months, he had begun to perform and record with many well-known artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

All About Jazz is celebrating Tord Gustavsen's birthday today!

This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line. In the seven years that have elapsed since the recording of a debut album that proved both a popular and a critical success, Tord Gustavsen has toured extensively, crystallizing the musical approach and developing new compositions... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Swallow

Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Swallow

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Swallow's birthday today!

Steve Swallow was born in New York City in 1940, and spent his childhood in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Before turning to the acoustic bass at age 14, he studied piano (with Howard Kasschau, who also taught Nelson Riddle) and trumpet. His otherwise miserable adolescence was brightened by his discovery of jazz. He took many of his first stabs at improvisation with Ian Underwood (who subsequently became a Mother Of Invention ...


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