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Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Williams

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Williams

All About Jazz is celebrating Tony Williams' birthday today!

Born in Chicago and growing up in Boston, Williams began studies with master drummer Alan Dawson at an early age and began playing professionally at the age of 13 with saxophonist Sam Rivers. Jackie McLean hired Williams at 16. At 17 Williams found considerable fame with Miles ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: McCoy Tyner

Jazz Musician of the Day: McCoy Tyner

All About Jazz is celebrating McCoy Tyner's birthday today!

It is not an overstatement to say that modern jazz has been shaped by the music of McCoy Tyner. His blues- based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Diane Schuur

Jazz Musician of the Day: Diane Schuur

All About Jazz is celebrating Diane Schuur's birthday today!

Diane Schuur, who has often been on the periphery of jazz, has the potential to be an important jazz singer although she still includes a large dose of pop tunes in her repertoire. Early in her career she had the tendency to screech in her upper register, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Donald Byrd

Jazz Musician of the Day: Donald Byrd

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

Trumpeter Donald Byrd was born in Detroit in 1932, his studies at Wayne State University (1954) were interrupted by military service, during which he played in an Air Force band. He then attended the Manhattan School of Music (MA in music education). At the same time he ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Smith

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

Born James Oscar Smith in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor. In the sixties and seventies ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today!

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Brubeck

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Brubeck

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Brubeck's birthday today!

Brubeck\'s mother studied piano in England and intended to become a concert pianist; at home she taught piano for extra money. Brubeck was not particularly interested in learning by any particular method, but preferred to create his own melodies, and therefore avoided learning to read sheet music. ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Pieranunzi

Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Pieranunzi

All About Jazz is celebrating Enrico Pieranunzi's birthday today!

Born in Rome in 1949, Enrico Pieranunzi has long been one of the best-known and appreciated personalities on the European jazz scene. Pianist, composer, arranger, he has recorded more than seventy CDs under his own name, ranging from solo piano to trio, and from duet to quintet. ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

All About Jazz is celebrating Jim Hall's birthday today!

Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Connee Boswell

Jazz Musician of the Day: Connee Boswell

All About Jazz is celebrating Connee Boswell's birthday today!

Constance Foore “Connee" Boswell was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With her sisters, Martha and Helvetia “Vet" Boswell, she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters and became a highly influential singing group during this period via ...


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