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Jazz Musician of the Day: Hal Galper

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hal Galper

All About Jazz is celebrating Hal Galper's birthday today!

In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of the most surprising and satisfying pianists alive. Galper is at the forefront of players reaching audiences through the time-tested magic of swing while integrating adventurous rhythmic and ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Buster Williams

Jazz Musician of the Day: Buster Williams

All About Jazz is celebrating Buster Williams' birthday today!

Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, Larry ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Esbjorn Svensson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Esbjorn Svensson

All About Jazz is celebrating Esbjorn Svensson's birthday today!

e.s.t. is a phenomenon: A jazz trio, which sees itself as a pop band that plays jazz, which broke with the tradition of leader and sidemen in favor of equality within its members, which not only plays jazz- venues but also venues usually reserved for rock bands, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marquis Hill

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marquis Hill

All About Jazz is celebrating Marquis Hill's birthday today!

From his beginnings as one of Chicago’s most thrilling young trumpeters, to his current status as an internationally renowned musician, composer and bandleader, Marquis Hill has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers that divide musical genres. Contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, neo-soul—to Hill, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Ammons

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Ammons

All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Ammons' birthday today!

Eugene “Jug" Ammons was a jazz tenor saxophonist, and the son of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons. Ammons began to gain recognition when he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax band in 1943, at the age of 18. He became a member of the Billy Eckstine ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today!

The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Herbie Hancock

Jazz Musician of the Day: Herbie Hancock

All About Jazz is celebrating Herbie Hancock's birthday today!

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while still maintaining his unique, unmistakable voice. Herbie\'s success at expanding the possibilities of musical thought has placed him in the annals of this century\'s visionaries. With an illustrious ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jakob Bro

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jakob Bro

All About Jazz is celebrating Jakob Bro's birthday today!

The young guitarist Jakob Bro has not only made an impression on the Danish jazz scene; as part of the group led by legendary drummer Paul Motian, Bro also performs with many top American musicians. These can be heard on the Motian Group\'s album Garden of Eden ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

All About Jazz is celebrating Omar Sosa's birthday today!

Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba\'s largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey; in Havana, as a teenager, he took up piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, and completed his ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Gadd

Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Gadd

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

Steve Gadd, b. Rochester, New York, April 9, 1945. Uncle, a drummer in the army, encouraged him. Drum lessons from age seven; sat in with Dizzy Gillespie at 11. Studied music at Eastman College, Rochester, playing in wind ensemble and concert band, and at nights in a ...