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Jazz Musician of the Day: Cedar Walton

Jazz Musician of the Day: Cedar Walton

All About Jazz is celebrating Cedar Walton's birthday today!

For over 25 years, pianist Cedar Walton has enjoyed an up-tempo career, which never seems to slow down. Maintaining a non-stop itinerary, Walton has accompanied a litany of Jazz greats while also fronting his own successful groups. Born January 17, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, Walton set his ...

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 ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

All About Jazz is celebrating Jay McShann's birthday today!

“The Last of the Blue Devils” Jay “Hootie” McShann landed in Kansas City in the 1930s, and along with fellow pianist and bandleader Count Basie, established what came to be known as the Kansas City sound: blues rooted jazz driven by swinging horns laid over a powerful ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Ritenour

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Ritenour

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

b. Lee Mack Ritenour, 11 January 1952, Los Angeles, CA, USA. The prolific Ritenour has established himself as one of the world\'s leading jazz guitarists with a series of accessible albums over three decades. Starting at the age of 16, Ritenour played his first session with The ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: William Parker

Jazz Musician of the Day: William Parker

All About Jazz is celebrating William Parker's birthday today!

As Steve Greenlee of the Boston Globe stated in July 2002, “William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz.” He is working in many of the more important groups in this genre, some of the most prestigious being his ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Clarke

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Clarke

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

Kenny Clarke (born Kenneth Clarke Spearman, later aka, Liaqat Ali Salaam, on January 9, 1914 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-died January 26, 1985 in Paris, France) was a jazz drummer and an early innovator of the bebop style of drumming. As the house drummer at Minton\'s Playhouse in the ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Weckl

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Weckl

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

For more than 20 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and ...