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Benny Goodman MP (1909 - 1986)

Dubbed "the King of Swing" by Time Magazine, Benny Goodman was a great jazz clarinet player and the leader of one of the most popular big bands of the Swing Era (1935–1945). His January 16, 1938...

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Ernie Farrow MP (1928 - 1969)

"Ernie" Farrow (November 13, 1928 in Huntington, West Virginia – July 14, 1969) was a jazz multi-instrumentalist who played piano, bass, and drums. He was perhaps best known as a bassist. He is ...

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Oranyan Coltrane MP

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Ravi Coltrane MP

Ravi Coltrane (b. August 6, 1965 in Long Island, New York) is an American post-bop jazz saxophonist. Co-owner of the record label RKM Music, he has produced artists such as pianist Luis Perdomo, guitar...

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John William Coltrane MP (1926 - 1967)

John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane" (September 23, 1926 – July 17, 1967), was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Co...

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Marilyn McLeod MP (1939 - d.)

Marilyn McLeod comes from a musical family that reads like recording Royalty. The late-great jazz pianist, Alice Coltrane was Marilyn's sister, and the legendary saxman, John Coltrane, was her brother-...

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Alice Coltrane MP (1937 - 2007)

Alice Coltrane, née McLeod (August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007) was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer, and the second wife of jazz saxophonist and composer John Co...

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Mary Lou Williams (1910 - 1981)

Mary Lou Williams (May 8, 1910 – May 28, 1981) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. She wrote hundreds of compositions and arrangements, and recorded more than one hundred rec...

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Hazel Dorothy Scott MP (1920 - 1981)

Hazel Scott was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Alma Long Scott, a musician. They moved to New York City when Hazel was four. Recognized as a child musical prodigy, the young Scott was aw...

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Lionel Leo Hampton MP (1908 - 2002)

Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton was the firs...

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Django Reinhardt MP (1910 - 1953)

Django Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) was a pioneering virtuoso Belgian jazz guitarist and composer. Often regarded as the first important European jazz musician who made major cont...

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Ethel Waters MP (1896 - 1977)

Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage a...

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Jelly Roll Morton MP (1885 - 1941)

Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe "Jelly Roll" Morton (September 20, 1890 - July 10, 1941) Genealogy link: The self-proclaimed inventor of Jazz and Stomp music, Morton grew up in the right environment to ab...

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Amy Jade Winehouse MP (1983 - 2011)

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz...

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Ella Fitzgerald MP (1917 - 1996)

Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most famous American jazz vocalist in the United States for more than half a century. She was dubbed "The First Lady of Song." In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards a...

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Esther Mae Phillips MP (1935 - 1984)

Esther Phillips (December 23, 1935 – August 7, 1984) was an American singer. Phillips was known for her R&B vocals, but she was a versatile singer, also performing pop, country, jazz, blues and ...

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Dexter Gordon MP (1923 - 1990)

Dexter Gordon (February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and an Academy Award-nominated actor (Round Midnight, Warner Bros, 1986). He is regarded as one of the f...

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Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen MP (1946 - 2005)

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen , May 27, 1946 – April 19, 2005) was a Danish jazz bassist known for his impressive technique and an approach that could be considered an extension of the in...

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Nina Simone MP (1933 - 2003)

Dr. Nina Simone was born 21 February 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina and died 21 April 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France . Her birth name was Eunice Kathleen Waymon and she was also...

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Artie Shaw MP (1910 - 2004)

Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, better known as Artie Shaw, was a leading jazz clarinetist and big band leader of the mid-20th century. His 1938 recording of Begin the Beguine made him a popular rival to super...

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Miss Peggy Lee (1920 - 2002)

Peggy Lee (1920 – 2002) was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to sing...

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