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Jazz Musician of the Day: Michael Brecker

Jazz Musician of the Day: Michael Brecker

All About Jazz is celebrating Michael Brecker's birthday today!

Michael Brecker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, an amateur jazz pianist. Among the generation of jazz musicians that saw rock music not as the enemy but as a viable musical option, Brecker began studying clarinet, then ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Thad Jones

Jazz Musician of the Day: Thad Jones

All About Jazz is celebrating Thad Jones' birthday today!

Thaddeus Joseph Jones (March 28, 1923- August 21, 1986) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan to a musical family of ten (an older brother was pianist Hank Jones and a younger brother was drummer Elvin Jones). Thad Jones was ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sarah Vaughan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sarah Vaughan

All About Jazz is celebrating Sarah Vaughan's birthday today!

In the 1940s, when most women singers adorned big bands as stage attractions rather than legitimate members of jazz ensembles, Sarah Vaughan, along with her predecessor Ella Fitzgerald, helped elevate the vocalist\'s role as equal to that of the jazz instrumentalist. A woman known for her many ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: James Moody

Jazz Musician of the Day: James Moody

All About Jazz is celebrating James Moody's birthday today!

For over six decades, saxophone master James Moody has serenaded lovers with his signature song Moody\'s Mood for Love an improvisation on the chord progressions of I\'m in the Mood for Love. Born in Savannah, Georgia on March 26, 1925, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, James ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Cecil Taylor

Jazz Musician of the Day: Cecil Taylor

All About Jazz is celebrating Cecil Taylor's birthday today!

“One of my wishes has been realized. I found love. It was difficult, but I found it. Because when Billy Holiday sang, “You don‘t know what love is,” great singers will tell you… it‘s a partnership. It‘s a sharing"....—-Cecil Taylor November 10, 2010 “Practice, to be studious ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Douglas

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Douglas

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Douglas' birthday today!

Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer and educator from New York City. His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award and two Grammy nominations. Douglas has developed his work for several unique ensembles with whom he’s ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Stefon Harris

Jazz Musician of the Day: Stefon Harris

All About Jazz is celebrating Stefon Harris' birthday today!

Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz" (The Los Angeles Times). He is unquestionably developing what will be a long and extraordinary career. Stefon Harris\' passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: George Benson

Jazz Musician of the Day: George Benson

All About Jazz is celebrating George Benson's birthday today!

Appreciated as both musician and performer by millions, George Benson has always had the duel personae of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer. He has always placed his keenly discerning art in the service of a rousing good time. Rounding out his singular approach with sly, seductive rhythm ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Westbrook

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Westbrook

All About Jazz is celebrating Mike Westbrook's birthday today!

Born in High Wycombe in 1936, Mike Westbrook grew up in Torquay and was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock. He formed his first band while studying painting in Plymouth in 1958, moving to London in the early 1960s. He has led and composed for a succession of ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marian McPartland

Jazz Musician of the Day: Marian McPartland

All About Jazz is celebrating Marian McPartland's birthday today!

Marian McPartland has made jazz piano duets into something of an art form. Sure, it\'s been done before, but not very often. There are the Pete Johnson/Albert Ammons duet sessions that made both boogie pianists stars, but save for the occasional live performance where a couple of ...


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