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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 he helped create the jazz style known as \'funk\' or \'soul jazz\'... Read more.

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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 of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more.

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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. In college Brubeck was nearly expelled when one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music... Read more.

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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. He has played in concert and in the studio with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Paul Motian, Chris Potter and Charlie ...

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, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Melissa Aldana

Jazz Musician of the Day: Melissa Aldana

All About Jazz is celebrating Melissa Aldana's birthday today!

Saxophonist Melissa Aldana was born in 1988 in Santiago, Chile. At age 7 Melissa began music studies, specifically the saxophone, under her father Marco Aldana’s tutelage. Marcos is one of the first Chilean musicians to attain international recognition, was the first from that country, to participate in the Thelonious Monk Competition and to launch successful tours throughout the Americas and Europe... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Wynton Kelly

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wynton Kelly

All About Jazz is celebrating Wynton Kelly's birthday today!

His family moved from the island of Jamaica to Brooklyn, New York City when Kelly was four, and he started his professional career as a teenager, initially as a member of R&B groups. After working in the big band and small groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, he was a member of Miles Davis\' Quintet from 1959 to 1963. Wynton Kelly was one of the most prolific sideman pianists of his era, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jaco Pastorius

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jaco Pastorius

All About Jazz is celebrating Jaco Pastorius' birthday today!

“Jaco" was born John Francis Pastorius III, the first of three sons born to John Francis Pastorius II and Stephanie Katherine Haapala Pastorius. He had Finnish, German, Swedish, and Irish ancestry. Although “Jaco" was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the family subsequently moved to Fort Lauderdale. Jaco went to elementary and middle school at St. Clement\'s Catholic School in Wilton Manors... Read more.

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