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Jazz Musician of the Day: Nina Simone

Jazz Musician of the Day: Nina Simone

All About Jazz is celebrating Nina Simone's birthday today!

The High Priestess- Eunice Waymon was born in Tryon, North Carolina as the sixth of seven children in a poor family. The child prodigy played piano at the age of four. With the help of her music teacher, who set up the “Eunice Waymon Fund", she could ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Nancy Wilson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Nancy Wilson

All About Jazz is celebrating Nancy Wilson's birthday today!

Nancy Wilson’s musical style is so diverse that it is hard to classify. Over the years her repertoire has included pop style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes and well known standards. Critics have described her as “a jazz singer,” “a blues singer,” “a pop singer,” and ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: David Murray

Jazz Musician of the Day: David Murray

All About Jazz is celebrating David Murray's birthday today!

Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. During the past 35 years, from the moment he first visited New York as a 20 year-old student, playing in a walkup loft, in 1975, David has careened forward in a cool, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lajos Dudas

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lajos Dudas

All About Jazz is celebrating Lajos Dudas' birthday today!

Lajos Dudas was born in Budapest/Hungary and studied there at the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (1958-1963), laying the foundations for his successful career not only as jazz and pop/rock musician but also on the classical side (Strawinsky: Three Solopieces, Weber: Clarinet ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy DeFranco

Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy DeFranco

All About Jazz is celebrating Buddy DeFranco's birthday today!

Buddy DeFranco has the unprecedented distinction of winning twenty Downbeat Magazine Awards, nine Metronome Magazine Awards, and sixteen Playboy All-Stars Awards as the number one jazz clarinetist in the world. Buddy is generally credited with leading the way for jazz clarinetists from the exciting era of swing ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pete Christlieb

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pete Christlieb

All About Jazz is celebrating Pete Christlieb's birthday today!

From the 1970s through the 1990s, the sound of Pete’s tenor could be heard on television and motion picture sound tracks and recordings. The son of a famous bassoon player, Don Christlieb, Pete began his musical journey on the violin at age 7. At 12, he was ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Threadgill

Jazz Musician of the Day: Henry Threadgill

All About Jazz is celebrating Henry Threadgill's birthday today!

Henry Threadgill first performed as a percussionist in his high school marching band before taking up the baritone saxophone and later a large portion of the woodwind instrument family. He soon settled primarily upon the alto saxophone and the flute... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Rob McConnell

Jazz Musician of the Day: Rob McConnell

All About Jazz is celebrating Rob McConnell's birthday today!

Robert Murray Gordon (Rob) McConnell was a Canadian jazz valve trombonist, composer, arranger, music educator and recording artist. Rob McConnell took up the valve trombone in high school, and began his performing career in the early 1950s, performing and studying with Don Thompson, Bobby Gimby, and later, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wardell Gray

Jazz Musician of the Day: Wardell Gray

All About Jazz is celebrating Wardell Gray's birthday today!

Wardell Gray was one of the truly great, yet by now almost obscure, bebop tenor saxophonists. With a smooth mellow and consistent tone, he created a tenor style that veered from swing to bebop, a style that was elegant, sure-footed, mature and distinctive. His premature death under ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Brent Jensen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Brent Jensen

All About Jazz is celebrating Brent Jensen's birthday today!

In 1986-87, Brent studied in New York City with jazz legend Lee Konitz on a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He was a featured winner of the Woodwinds on Fire international talent search conducted by Jazziz magazine (August 1996). Brent has performed with a ...