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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Ponder's birthday today!

An excellent guitarist, and sometimes vocalist, with a soulful sound and the ability to uplift any funky jazz date, Pittsburgh native Jimmy Ponder has appeared on many recordings during his long career, over 80 as a sideman and 15 as a leader. Ponder, a self taught musician, began playing guitar when he was 14 and considers Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell to be his two main early influences and Thornel Schwartz ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Anthony Wilson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Anthony Wilson

Source: Michael Ricci

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

Anthony Wilson is a guitarist and composer known for a nuanced body of work that moves fluidly across genres. Wilson has long been curious about blurring borders and finding the place where where style and possibility intersect. Wilson’s first recording— Anthony Wilson (1997) — featured a nine-piece “little big band” and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Recording. It was followed by Goat Hill Junket (1998), and Adult ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Keith Jarrett

Jazz Musician of the Day: Keith Jarrett

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Keith Jarrett's birthday today!

Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times- universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ensemble. Born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Ford

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Ford

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Ford's birthday today!

One of the most exciting truths in the jazz world is that within every top sideman is a solo artist itching to emerge from the shadows and into the forefront. Longtime McCoy Tyner saxophonist Joe Ford's stunning and diverse Bluemoon debut, Today's Nights, proves that such an evolution is more than worth the years of life and musical experience that go into it. The straight ahead-oriented collection showcases Ford's masterful melodic ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Dunmall

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Dunmall

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Dunmall's birthday today!

After turning professional at seventeen and touring Europe for one year with progressive rock group Marsupilami he moved to America and lived there for three years playing with many musicians including Alice Coltrane and toured with Johnny Guitar Watson for one year. On his return to the UK he worked with folk musicians Polly Bolton/Kevin Dempsey and groupings worked around the Dando Shaft band. In 1979 he became a founder member ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Stanley Cowell

Jazz Musician of the Day: Stanley Cowell

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Stanley Cowell's birthday today!

Stanley Cowell can best be described as an intellectual pianist. From his early classical roots to collaborations with premier jazz artists to his creative solo career, Cowell’s music has been defined by integrity and taste. With an agile left hand and a relentlessly imaginative approach to standards and his own compositions, his solo concerts are events to be savored. Stanley Cowell, was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1941. He studied piano ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Ron Carter

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ron Carter

Source: Michael Ricci

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

Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy. He ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: John Lewis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Lewis

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating John Lewis' birthday today!

The Modern Jazz Quartet managed that rarest feat of all: to make great art that pleased the serious listener as well as it did the general public. The M.J.Q., as they were known, featured vibraphone, bass, drums, and piano, and yet had the breadth of an orchestra and the intimacy of the most delicate chamber ensemble. Even when they played music written by others, it sounded as though it had been ...


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