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Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Evans

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Evans

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Evans' birthday today!

Who Was Bill Evans? Bill Evans, one of the most influential and tragic figures of the post-bop jazz piano, was known for his highly nuanced touch, the clarity of the feeling content of his music and his reform of the chord voicing system pianists used. He recorded ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Oscar Peterson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Oscar Peterson

All About Jazz is celebrating Oscar Peterson's birthday today!

One of the most admired pianists in jazz, Oscar Peterson has rightfully claimed the same sort of status as earlier greats such as James P. Johnson, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans. Possibly the most successful artist produced by Canada, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Monaco

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tony Monaco

All About Jazz is celebrating Tony Monaco's birthday today!

One of the greatest honors in a Jazz Musician\'s life is to be voted in the Downbeat Magazine Critics polls and readers polls. In 2005, Tony was blessed to be a voted in both polls and in January 2006, he was also voted by Jazztimes Readers as ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

All About Jazz is celebrating Pat Metheny's birthday today!

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Donny McCaslin

Jazz Musician of the Day: Donny McCaslin

All About Jazz is celebrating Donny McCaslin's birthday today!

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band, featured on David Bowie‘s Blackstar, will make their Motéma Music debut with the October 14 release of Beyond Now, a highly anticipated album dedicated to Bowie. Recorded nearly three months after Bowie’s passing, the project is deeply influenced by their extraordinary ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pete McCann

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pete McCann

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

Pete McCann is undoubtedly one of the most respected and industrious electric guitarists on the New York and international scene- a popular sideman in innumerable jazz and jazz/rock line-ups over the past 25 years, as well as a recording artist in his own right with five solo ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack DeJohnette

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack DeJohnette

All About Jazz is celebrating Jack DeJohnette's birthday today!

Born in Chicago in 1942, Jack De Johnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music\'s greatest drummers. Music appreciation flourished in De Johnette\'s family. He studied classical piano from age four until fourteen before beginning to play drums with his high school concert band.and taking private ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Carter

Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Carter

All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Carter's birthday today!

Benny Carter\'s long career was consistently characterized by high musical achievement, and he developed a unique and readily identifiable style as both an alto saxophonist and an arranger. He was able to double on trumpet and was also proficient on clarinet, piano, and trombone. His saxophone playing ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Jazz Musician of the Day: Rahsaan Roland Kirk

All About Jazz is celebrating Rahsaan Roland Kirk's birthday today!

Kirk was born Ronald Theodore Kirk in Columbus, Ohio, but felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters in his first name to make Roland. In 1970, Kirk added “Rahsaan" to his name. Preferring to lead his own groups, Kirk rarely performed as a sideman, ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Haden

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charlie Haden

All About Jazz is celebrating Charlie Haden's birthday today!

“No other instrument in jazz is more essential than the bass, both backbone and heartbeat, and Haden is its master.” (Francis Davis /August, 2000 issue of The Atlantic Monthly) Time Magazine has hailed jazz legend Charlie Haden was “one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players ...


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