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  • William Edward Dennis (1921 - 1965)
    Willie Dennis was one of the great individualists on the trombone [Bill Harris, Jimmy Knepper and Frank Rosolino also come to mind in this regard]. Brian Priestly, the author of a critical biography ...
  • Tony Fruscella (1927 - 1969)
    A mellow, lyrical cool jazz trumpeter in the vein of Chet Baker, Tony Fruscella unfortunately lived a similarly addictive lifestyle that led to a tragically premature death. Fruscella was born in Orang...
  • Fats Waller (1904 - 1943)
    Not only was Fats Waller one of the greatest pianists jazz has ever known, he was also one of its most exuberantly funny entertainers -- and as so often happens, one facet tends to obscure the other. H...
  • Pete Fountain (1930 - 2016)
    Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr. (July 3, 1930 – August 6, 2016), known professionally as Pete Fountain, was an American clarinetist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He played jazz, Dixieland, pop jazz, ho...
  • 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 singing w...

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