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Abdullah Ibrahim MP

"Dollar Brand", ""South Africa’s Monk""

Abdullah Ibrahim (born Adolph Johannes Brand on 9 October 1934 and formerly known as Dollar Brand ) is a South African pianist and composer. His music reflects many of the musical influences of his c...

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Sathima "Bea" Benjamin (1936 - 2013)

"Beatty Benjamin", "Bea Ibrahim", "Bea Brand"

Beatrice "Sathima Bea" Benjamin (17 October 1936 – 20 August 2013) was a South African vocalist and composer, based for nearly 45 years in New York City. Benjamin's compelling life was the sub...

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Alice G. Coltrane (1898 - d.)

Updated from Ancestry Genealogy via son john coltrane by SmartCopy : Mar 17 2015, 13:33:16 UTC Alice Coltrane (née McLeod, August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007) was an American jazz pia...

3/17/2015 9/26/2016

Rudy Van Gelder MP (1924 - 2016)

"Rudy"

NJ.com Obituary Rudy van Gelder, a renowned recording engineer who captured jazz greats Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and many others in his parents' Hackensack living room and later in...

8/26/2016 8/26/2016

Toots Thielemans MP (1922 - 2016)

"Toots Thielemans"

Toots Thielemans Wereldvermaard jazzmuzikant en componist . Born Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, 29 April 1922 – 22 August 2016) was a Belgian jazz musician. He ...

8/22/2016 8/22/2016

Pete Fountain MP (1930 - 2016)

"Pete Fountain"

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 j...

10/18/2009 8/7/2016

Dave Brubeck MP (1920 - 2012)

"Dave"

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (born December 6, 1920 - died December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist. He has written a number of jazz standards, including "In You...

12/7/2007 12/7/2015

Jack Teagarden (1905 - 1964)

Jazz Musician, Actor, Singer. Jack Teagarden was not only an excellent and unique jazz trombone player but his raspy singing style made him a respected blues vocalist. He spent long periods during his ...

4/5/2009 11/1/2015

Max Roach MP (1924 - 2007)

"Max Roach"

8/23/2007 10/28/2015

Abbey Lincoln MP (1930 - 2010)

"Anna Marie", "Abbey Lincoln", "Gaby Wooldridge", "Gaby Lee", "Aminata Moseka"

Personal Quote: Her relationship with Max Roach: It wasn't a dream of mine to be a star, so Max came along at the right time to help save me from myself. Otherwise, I would have become an alcohol...

8/23/2007 10/28/2015

Midge Williams (1915 - 1952)

"Midge"

Joshua Singleton's grandchildren through his daughter Virginia Louise Williams were John Williams, Jr., Midge Williams (1915-1952), Charles and Robert, who started singing together in the Bay Area as t...

10/21/2015 10/21/2015

Blue Mitchell MP (1930 - 1979)

Blue Mitchell Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Trumpeter Blue Mitchell was best known as a highly lyrical and hard-swinging player, with accomplished craftsmanship and a clear tone. Owner of a direct, lightl...

10/9/2015 10/9/2015

Benny Carter MP (1907 - 2003)

Benny Carter , [birthname] Bennett Lester Carter (born August 8, 1907, New York, New York, U.S.—died July 12, 2003, Los Angeles, California), American jazz musician, an original and influential ...

10/8/2015 10/8/2015

René Marie (born René Marie Stevens , November 7, 1955, Warrenton, Virginia, United States) is an American songwriter and jazz vocalist. She began her professional music career at age 42....

10/4/2015 10/5/2015

Duke Pearson MP (1932 - 1980)

Columbus Calvin "Duke" Pearson, Jr (Atlanta, Georgia, August 17, 1932 – Atlanta, August 4, 1980) was an American jazz pianist and composer. Allmusic notes him as being a "big part in shaping the...

10/4/2015 10/4/2015

Lee Morgan MP (1938 - 1972)

Edward Lee Morgan A cornerstone of the Blue Note label roster prior to his tragic demise, Lee Morgan was one of hard bop's greatest trumpeters, and indeed one of the finest of the '60s. An all-around...

10/4/2015 10/4/2015

Horace Silver MP (1928 - 2014)

Horace Ward Silver When Horace Silver once wrote out his rules for musical composition (in the liner notes to the 1968 record, Serenade to a Soul Sister), he expounded on the importance of "meaningfu...

10/4/2015 10/4/2015

Maynard Ferguson MP (1928 - 2006)

Walter Maynard Ferguson Born May 4, 1928 Verdun, Quebec, Canada Died August 23, 2006 (aged 78) Ventura, California, United States Genres Jazz Occupation(s) Bandleader, trumpeter Instruments...

10/1/2015 10/1/2015

Coleman Hawkins (1904 - 1969)

"Hawk", "Bean"

Coleman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969), nicknamed Hawk and sometimes "Bean", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrum...

9/25/2015 9/25/2015

Pokey Carriere (1907 - 1983)

"Pokey"

Hilliard Simon(Pokey) Carriere was born in Oppolousa , Louisiana, and died date unknown in Calif.He married Phyllis Still, daughter of Roy Still and Lillian Taylor. Children of Hilliard Simon(Pokey) ...

5/8/2015 9/25/2015

Jon Lucien MP (1942 - 2007)

Jon Lucien (January 8, 1942 – August 18, 2007) was a vocalist and musician, born on the island of Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands. Born Lucien Harrigan, and raised in Sain...

9/25/2015 9/25/2015

Wayne Shorter (born August 25, 1933) is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Many of Shorter's compositions have become jazz standards, and his output has earned worldwide recognition, critical p...

5/20/2012 9/25/2015

Ornette Coleman MP (1930 - 2015)

Early life Coleman was born in 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he was also raised.] He attended I.M. Terrell High School, where he participated in band until he was dismissed for improvising during ...

7/30/2015 8/12/2015

John Birks "Dizzie" Gillespie MP (1917 - 1993)

"Dizzy"

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (/ɡɨˈlɛspi/; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. Allmusic...

9/3/2009 6/14/2015

Nat King Cole MP (1919 - 1965)

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an ac...

4/3/2010 6/14/2015

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong MP (1901 - 1971)

""Satchmo"", "Pops"

Louis Armstrong WikipedijA Slobodna encikopedija Louis Armstrong (English) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Louis Satchmo Armstrong The Red Hot Jazz Archive The Louis Armstrong House Museum

1/14/2014 6/14/2015

Duke Elllington MP (1899 - 1974)

"Duke Ellington", "the Duke"

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the opinion of Bob Blumenthal ...

4/1/2012 6/14/2015

Bix Beiderbecke MP (1903 - 1931)

"Bix"

Wikipedia

6/13/2015 6/13/2015

David Alden Lambert (1917 - 1966)

Chapter 10 From Birdland to Broadway: Scenes from a Jazz Life By Bill Crow David Alden Lambert became well known to the jazz world twice during his life. First during the mid-'40s, when he and Budd...

6/10/2015 6/10/2015

French percussionist born on April 3, 1954 in Paris, France. He has worked with the french artist Laurent Garnier. He is the son of the famous jazzman Sidney Bechet. Also, he is a conductor of Daniel S...

5/17/2015 5/18/2015

Bessie Smith MP (1894 - 1937)

"Empress of the Blues"

Bessie Smith (April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. Sometimes referred to as The Empress of the Blues, Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920...

9/16/2011 5/17/2015

Gertrude "Ma" Rainey MP (1886 - 1939)

"The Mother of the Blues"

"Ma" Rainey (born Gertrude Pridgett; c. April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to r...

5/12/2015 5/17/2015

Sidney Bechet MP (1897 - 1959)

""Pops", "" le dieu", "The Wizard of Jazz"

Sidney Joseph Bechet (May 14, 1897 - May 14, 1959) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. Family Parents: Omar Bechet & Josephine Michel Married: 1) Norma Hale 2) Marie Lo...

5/16/2015 5/17/2015

Anthony Sbarbaro MP (1897 - 1969)

"Tony Spargo", "Antonio Sbarbaro"

Antonio Sparbaro, better known as Tony Sbarbaro or Tony Spargo (June 27, 1897 – October 30, 1969) was the drummer of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band for over 50 years. From Anthony Sbarbaro...

5/25/2010 5/17/2015

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...

2/20/2009 4/19/2015

Ernie Farrow MP (1928 - 1969)

"Ernie"

"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 ...

3/16/2015 3/16/2015

3/16/2015 3/16/2015

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...

3/16/2015 3/16/2015

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...

3/16/2015 3/16/2015

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-...

3/16/2015 3/16/2015

Alice Coltrane MP (1937 - 2007)

"Turiyasangitananda"

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...

3/16/2015 3/16/2015

Mary Lou Williams (1910 - 1981)

"Mary Lou Burley", "The Little Piano Girl of East Liberty", "Mae Lou Williams"

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...

3/2/2015 3/2/2015

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...

6/20/2007 3/2/2015

Lionel Hampton MP (1908 - 2002)

""Gates"", ""Hamp"", ""Mad Lionel""

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...

9/10/2014 9/11/2014

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...

6/17/2012 6/17/2012

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...

3/15/2012 3/15/2012

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...

1/15/2011 10/20/2011

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...

3/3/2009 7/27/2011

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...

7/9/2009 6/16/2011

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 ...

6/7/2011 6/7/2011

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...

5/20/2011 5/28/2011

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...

5/8/2009 5/26/2011

Nina Simone MP (1933 - 2003)

"Nina Simone", "Priestess of Soul"

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...

5/16/2011 5/17/2011

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...

7/3/2007 4/21/2011

Miss Peggy Lee MP (1920 - 2002)

"Peggy Lee"

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...

3/31/2011 3/31/2011