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All in the Jazz Family

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Compiled by Axel Melhardt , Glen Alpert , Jim Galloway, Dr. Michael Arié and Klaus Schulz


Jazz has always been a family affair. Fathers have passed the torch to sons or brothers have risen to prominence on their respective instruments (sometimes in the same band). We've compiled a list of the families that have had an impact on Jazz, from Benny & Harry Goodman to the new first family , Jimmy, Percy, Tootie and Mtume Heath.

If you know of others, please contact us .

  • Abrams: Ray - real name: Raymond Abramson - (ts) is the older brother of Lee - real name: Leon - (dm)
  • Adams: singer Edie Adams was married to Pete Candoli (tp)
  • Adderley: Julian "Cannonball" (as) and his kid-brother Nat (co), whose son Nat jr. plays p & g & cl & fl and sings
  • Aiken: Gus "Rice" (tp) was the younger brother of Gene "Bud" (tp & tb)
  • Akiyoshi: Toshiko (p) was first married to Charlie Mariano (as) and then to Lew Tabackin (ts)
  • Albert: "Don" Albert (tp) - real name: Albert Dominique - was the nephew of Natty Dominique (co)
  • Aldebert: Louis J. (p & voc & comp) is married to Monique - née Monique Dozo - (voc)
  • Alden: Howard (g) is the husband of Terrie Richards (voc)
  • Allen: Henry (tp) was the father of Henry "Red" (tp & voc)
  • Allen: Pete(r) (cl & ss & as & voc) is the son of Bernie (bjo) from England
  • Allred: Bill & son John (both tb)
  • Alsop: William M. (as) was married to Olive "Inez" (p)
  • Alston: Ovie (tp & voc) was the father of Jean Davis (voc) who is the mother of Miles Dewey "Jeff" Davis (tp & fluegelhorn & comp & leader)
  • Altwirth: Heinz (tp & b) and Norbert Vas (tb & b) and Christian Zahn (vibes & dm) are brothers-in-law
  • Alvin: Danny - real name: Viniello - (dm) was the father of Teddy Walters (g & voc)
  • Ambrosetti: father Flavio (as) & his son Franco (tp) from Switzerland
  • Ammons: boogie-woogie pioneer Albert (p) and son Gene "Jug" (ts)
  • Andrews: Patty (1920), Maxene (1918) and Laverne (1915) were sisters (all voc - the ANDREWS SISTERS)
  • Anthony: Ray - real name: Raymond Antonini - (bandleader & tp) was the brother of Lee Roy "Leo" (bs)
  • Armstrong: Louis (tp & voc) and his 2nd wife Lil(lian) Hardin-Armstrong (p)
  • Assunto: Jacob "Papa Jac" (tb & bjo) was the father of Frank (tp) & Fred (tb) of the "Dukes of Dixieland"
  • Austin: Lovie - real name: Cora Calhoun - (p & comp & leader) was the mother of Patricia (voc)
  • Autrey: Herman (tp & voc) was the son of tuba.player Moses
  • Ayler: Edward (sax & violin) was the father of Albert (sax) and his brother Donald (tp)
  • Babs: Alice - real name: Alice Nilson - (voc) is the daughter of Jean Nilson (p & comp) and the mother of Titti Breitholz (voc)
  • Baculis: Al(phonse) (cl & sax & p) is the brother-in-law of Ron Collier (comp)
  • Bailey: Buster (cl) was the Cousin of Albert W. "Happy" Caldwell (ts)
  • Bailey: Derek (g) is the nephew of George Wing (g)
  • Bailey: drummer Donald Orlando is the brother of Maurice (ts & dm)
  • Bailey: Mildred (voc) was the wife of Red Norvo (vibes) and the sister of Al Rinker (voc)
  • Bailey: Pearl (voc) was married to Louis Bellson (dm)
  • Baker: Harold "Shorty" (tp) was the 2nd husband of Mary Lou Williams (p & arr) and the brother of Winfield (tb)
  • Baker: Josephine (voc) was the daughter of Eddie Carson (dm)
  • Balaban: Barley (p & leader) was the father of Leonard J. "Red" (b & voc)
  • Banks: Paul (p & leader) and Clifton (cl & sax) were brothers
  • Baquet: Theogene Baquet was the leader of the Excelsior Brass Band and the father of George who was the older brother of Achille (both - cl) who were both brothers-in-law of Bunk Johnson
  • Barbarin: Isidore (alto-horn) was the father of Paul (older brother) and Louis (both dm), both were uncles of Danny Barker (g) and John Brunois (tp)
  • Barber: Chris (tb & leader) was the husband of singer Ottilie Patterson
  • Barbour: Don (g & voc) and Ross (tp & dm & voc) of the "Four Freshman" were brothers
  • Barefield: Eddie (saxophones & cl & arr) was the father of Dolores (voc)
  • Barker: Danny (g) was the nephew of Paul & Louis Barbarin (both - dm) and married to the singer Blue Lu
  • Barksdale: Everett (g) was married to Victoia (p)
  • Barnard: Bob (co) is the younger brother of Lem (dm) - Australia
  • Barnes: Emile was the older brother of Paul D. "Polo" (both - cl)
  • Barone: Gary (tp) is the younger brother of Mike (tb), their father Joe played tp with Bob Crosby
  • Barron: Kenny (p) is the younger brother of Bill (sax)
  • Bascomb: Paul (ts) was the brother of Wilbur "Dud" (tp) and Arthur (p)
  • Bass: the R&B-singer Fontella was married to Lester Bowie (tp)
  • Bates: Bob was the older brother of Norman and Jim (all - b)
  • Bauduc: Jules sr. (tp) was the father of Jules jr. and Ray (both - dm)
  • Bauer: Conny (tb) is the older brother of Johannes (tb) from former eastern-Germany
  • Beal: Charlie was the older brother of Eddie (both p & comp)
  • Bechet: Sidney (cl & ss) and his brothers Leonard (tb) and Joseph (g) and his son Daniel Sidney Bechet Jr. (dm) - now performing in France
  • Bell: the australian brothers Graeme (leader & comp & p) and Roger (tp)
  • Bellson: Louie - real name: Louis Balassoni - (dm) was married to singer Pearl Bailey
  • Benford: tuba-player Bill was the older brother of Tommy (dm)
  • Bennett: singer Betty was married to André Previn (p & comp)
  • Bennett: the never recorded but legendary tp-player Theodore "Cuban" was the cousin of Benny Carter (as & tp & leader & arr)
  • Berigan: Rowland Bernart "Bunny" (tp & voc) and Don (dm) were brothers
  • Berry: Leon "Chu" had a brother Nelson (both - ts)
  • Berton: Victor (dm & perc & vibes) was the brother of Ralph (dm) who was one of the first jazz-writers
  • Bertrand: Jimmy (dm) was the cousin of Andrew Hilaire (dm)
  • Bess: Frank (co & tb) was the father of Druie R. (tb)
  • Bey: Andy (p & voc) and his sisters Salome and Geraldine (both - voc)
  • Bigard: Emile (violin) was the uncle of Alex (dm) and Barney (cl & ts) and of their cousin Anatie "Natty" Dominique (co)
  • Bishop: Walter jr. (p) was the son of Walter sr. (comp - "Swing, Brother, Swing")
  • Blanton: Jimmy Blanton (b) was the cousin of Wendell Marshall who followed him in the Ellington Orchestra
  • Blair: singer Janet was married to Joe "Fingers" Carr (p)
  • Bley: Carla (p & leader) is the wife of Mike Mantler (tp) and the mother of Karen Mantler (p & voc); her 1st husband was Paul Bley (p), who later married Annette Peacock (comp & voc & p) - née Coleman -, who was formerly married to Gary Peacock (b & p)
  • Bloom: Rube (p & comp) was the older brother of Milton "Mickey" (tp)
  • Bocage: Peter (violin & tp & tb & bjo & xyl) was the brother of Harry (b) and Leonard (bjo & g)
  • Bohannon: Hoyt (tb) was the father of Steve (dm & organ)
  • Bontemps: Willie "Bontin" (b & g & bjo) was the uncle of Zutty Singleton (dm)
  • Boswell: Connie "Connee" (sax & tb & p & cello) (1907), Martha (p) (1908) and Helvetia "Vet" (violin) (?) (all voc - the BOSWELL SISTERS)
  • Bourke: Jerome "Romie" was the brother of Arthur Gibbs (p)
  • Boutté: singer Lillian ist married to reed-player Thomas l'Etienne
  • Bowie: Lester (tp), Joseph (tb) and Byron (sax) are brothers
  • Bowles: Russel (tb) was the brother of Elizabeth (tb) who was married to Jonah Jones (tp)
  • Boyer: Ann - the singer of the bands led by Artie Shaw and Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey - was married to Bob Dukoff (ts)
  • Bowie: Lester (tp), who married the R&B-singer Fontella Bass is the older brother of Joseph (tb)
  • Brackeen: JoAnne - née Grogan - (p) is the wife of Charles (sax)
  • Bradford: Bobby Lee (tp & comp) is the father of Dennis (dm)
  • Bradley: Will (tb & leader) - real name: Wilbur Schwichtenberg - is the father of William Ackerson "Will jr." (dm)
  • Brannon: Humphrey J. "Reddy" (p & arr & comp) was a cousin of Babs Gonzales (voc)
  • Brauer: singer Timna is married to Eli Meiri (p)
  • Brecker: Michael (ts) is the younger brother of Randy (tp), who is married to Eliane Elias (p) from Brazil
  • Breinschmid: Martin (vibes & dm) is the older brother of Georg (b)
  • Breitholz: Titti (voc) is the daughter of Alice Babs (voc)
  • Brewer: singer Teresa married record-producer Bob Thile
  • Bridgewater: singer Denise "Dee Dee" - née Garrett - married Cecil Vernon (tp & arr & comp), whose bother Ron plays sax
  • Briggs: Arthur (tp) and Pete (tuba & b) were cousins, their uncle was Crickett Smith (tp)
  • Brignola: Chick and Nick (bs & saxophones & fl) ?
  • Brom: Gustav (leader & cl) and his son Gustav jr. (bass-tb) from Prague
  • Brooks: Randy (tp) was married to bandleader Ina Rae Hutton
  • Broonzy: Big Bill (g & voc) was the half-brother of Robert "Washboard Sam" Brown (voc & wb)
  • Brown: Boyce - later as "Brother Matthew" in a monastery - (as & cl) had a brother Harvey (g)
  • Brown: Cleo (voc & p) and her brother Everett (p)
  • Brown: Clifford (tp) and Clifford, III ?
  • Brown: Lawrence (tb) and brother Harold (p)
  • Brown: bandleader Les (as) was the brother of Stumpy (tb & voc)
  • Brown: Ray (b) and his wife Ella Fitzgerald (voc)
  • Brown: Robert "Washboard Sam" (voc & wb) was the half-brother of Big Bill Broonzy (voc & g)
  • Brown: Steve (b) was the older brother of Tom "Red" (tb)
  • Brown: Vernon (tb) was married zu Edythe Harper (voc)
  • Brubeck: Dave (p) and his sons Darius (p & tp), Chris (e-b & bass-tb) and Danny (dm)
  • Brunis: George (tb) was the brother of Albert "Abbie" (tp) and Merrit (tp) and Harry (tb)
  • Brunois: John (tp) was the nephew of Paul and Luis Barbarin (both - dm)
  • Bryant: Ray (p) and his older brother Tommy (b) are the uncles of the Eubanks-brothers
  • Bryson: Jeanie (voc) is the daughter of Dizzy Gillespie (tp & voc)
  • Buckner: Milt (organ & p & vibes) was the brother of Ted (as) and George (tb), they all were nephews of John Tobias (tb)
  • Bunch: Frank (p) and Carl (bjo) were brothers
  • Bunn: Teddy (g & voc) and Kenneth (violin) were brothers
  • Bunnett: Jane (ss & fl) is married to Larry Cramer (tp)
  • Burch: pianoplayer John was associated with Kathy Stobart (all saxophones)
  • Burnett: Joe (tp) was married to Irene Kral (voc)
  • Butterfield: Billy (tp) was married to singer Dotty Dare Smith
  • Byrd: Charlie (g) and his younger brother Joe (b & g)
  • Caceres: Ernie (cl & bs) and his brothers Emilio (violin) and Pinero (tp & p) and their cousins Johnny Gomez (g) and Henry Falcon Cuesta (cl & as)
  • Cahn/Kahn: Sammy Cahn (songwriter) and son Steve Kahn (g)
  • Cain: singer Jackie was married to Roy Kral (p)
  • Cairns: Forrie (cl) is younger the brother of John (p)
  • Caldwell: Albert W. "Happy" (ts) was the cousin of Buster Bailey (cl)
  • Calloway: Cab(ell) and his sister Blanche (both voc & band-leaders), his brother Elmer (leader) and his daughter Chris (voc)
  • Calmeyer: Ole (p) was married to Barbara Kay Donald (tp & p & voc)
  • Cameron: singer Ruth is married to Charlie Haden (b)
  • Campbell: drummer Floyd was the brother-in-law of Johnny Dunn (tp)
  • Candoli: Walter Joseph "Pete", who was married to singer Edie Adams, and his younger brother Secondo "Conte" (both tp)
  • Carey: Thomas "Mutt" (tp) was the younger brother of Jack (tb & leader of the "Crescent Brass Band" of N.O.) and Peter - the oldest brother (alto-horn)
  • Carlson: Frank L. (dm) was the brother of Tony (b)
  • Carney: Harry Howell (bs) had a pianoplaying brother (Ray)
  • Carr: Ian (tp & flugelhorn & key) is the older brother of Mike (p & comp) from Scotland
  • Carr: Joe "Fingers" - real name: Lou(is) F. Busch - (p) was married to the singers Janet Blair and Margaret Whiting
  • Carroll: Barbara - real name: Barbara Carole Coppersmith - (p) and Joe Shulman (b) were a couple
  • Carson: Eddie (dm) was the father of Josephine Baker (voc)
  • Carson: Norma (tp) was married to Bob Newman (ts)
  • Carter: Benny (as & tp & leader & arr) was the cousin of the never-recorded Theodore "Cuban" Bennett (tp) and of Darnell Howard (cl)
  • Carter: Charles jr. "Chuck" (dm) is the son of Charles sr. (dm) and a cousin of Gerald Wilson (tp & arr & leader)
  • Cary: Marc (p) is the great-grandson of Mae York Smith (p) who played with Eubie Blake
  • Carver: Wayman jr. Alexander (cl & sax & fl & comp)) was the son of Wayman sr. (cl)
  • Carvin: Henry (dm) is the father of Michael (dm)
  • Castle: Lee - real name: Castaldo - (tp) and his brother Charles (tb)
  • Cathcart: Jimmy (p), Tom (?) and Dick - the most prominent - (tp) were brothers, Jimmy & Tom were also brothers-in-law because they married the twin-sisters Lyn & Lee Wilde (both - voc)
  • Chaix: swiss pianist Henry married the mother of his ex-wife who had married Earl Warren (as & cl) - so Henry is the step-father-in-law of Earl Warren
  • Chamblee: Eddie (ts) and his wife Dinah Washington (voc)
  • Chandler: Karen (voc) worked under the name: "Eve Young" for Benny Goodman and was married to Jack Pleis (p & arr & leader)
  • Chaput: Roger was the cousin of Django Reinhardt (both - g)
  • Cheatham: Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham (tp & voc) was the grandfather of Theo Crocker (tp)
  • Cheatham: Jeannie (p & voc) and Jimmy (tb & voc) are a couple and not related to Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham
  • Cherry: Don (tp & co & pocket-co) and his sister Jane (violin & voc)
  • Christian: Charles (tb), Emile (tb) and Frank (co) were brothers
  • Christian: Charles "Charlie" (g) was the son of Clarence (g & voc) and the brother of Edward (p & b) and the cousin of Gene Russel (p)
  • Christie: Keith (tp) is the older brother of Jan (reeds) in England
  • Christy: singer June was married to Bob Cooper (ts & oboe & french horn)
  • Claire: the vocalists Dorothy, Betty, Judy and Debbie were sisters
  • Clarke: drummer Kenny was married to singer Carmen McRae
  • Clarke: Pete (cl & as & bs), Dick (tp) and Arthur "Babe" ( sax) were brothers
  • Clayton: John (b & arr & leader) and his kid-brother Jeff (as)
  • Cless: George "Rod" (cl) was the brother-in-law of Bud Freeman(ts)
  • Clooney: Rosemarie and Betty (both voc) were sisters
  • Cline: Alex (perc) and Nels (g) are brothers
  • Cobb: Junie C. (cl & sax & bjo & p & leader) was the brother of Jimmy (co)
  • Cobb: drummer Wilbur James "Jimmy" was married to Dinah Wahington (voc)
  • Cobham: William C. "Billy" (dm) is the son of William sr. (p)
  • Cohn: Al (ts) was married to the singers Mary Ann McCall and Marilyn Moore who is the mother of his son Joe (g)
  • Cole: William Randolph "Cozy" (dm) and Teddy & Donald (both - p) were brothers
  • Cole: Nat "King" - real name: Nathaniel Adams Coles - (p & voc) and his wife Marie Hawkins (voc), their daughter Natalie (voc) and his brothers Freddie (p & voc) and Isaacs "Ike" (p & comp)
  • Cole: Rupert (as & cl) was the father of Ronnie (dm & vibes)
  • Coleman: Ornette (sax) and his son Denardo (dm)
  • Collier: Ron (comp) is the brother-in-law of Al Baculis (cl & sax & p)
  • Collins: John (g) was the son of Georgia Gorham (p & leader)
  • Collins: Lee (tp & voc) was the son of John (tp)
  • Collins: Richard "Dick" (tp) was the son of Fred (p & leader)
  • Colomby: Robert Wayne "Bobby" (dm), Jules (tp) and Harry (manager of Th.Monk) were brothers
  • Coltrane: John (ts), his wife Alice - née McLeod - (p & organ & harp), who is the sister of Ernie Farrow (b), and their son Ravi (ts) and Miki Coltrane ?
  • Colston: painist Mary was the wife of Andrew Dewey "Andy" Kirk (bass-sax & bs & tuba & leader) and the mother of Andy jr. (ts)
  • Columbus: Chris (dm) was the father of Sonny Payne (dm)
  • Colyer: Ken (tp & g) is the brother of Bill (wb)
  • Combelle: Alix (cl & as) was the father of Philippe (dm) from France
  • Compton: J.Glover (p) was the husband of Nettie Lewis (voc)
  • Conaway: Sterling (bjo & mand) was the brother of Lincoln (g & bjo)
  • Cooper: Al (as & bandleader) was the half-brother of Grachan Moncur II (b)
  • Cooper: Bob (ts & oboe & french horn) was married to June Christy
  • Coppieters: the belgian pianoplayer & organist Fernand was the father of Francis (p)
  • Cornelius: Ed "Corky" was married to Irene Daye (voc)
  • Cottrell: Louis sr. (dm) was the father of Louis jr. (cl & ts)
  • Courvoisier: Sylvie (p & prepared p) and Mark Feldman (violin) are a couple
  • Courtley: Bert (tp) was married to Kathy Stobart (sax)
  • Cox: bluessinger Ida war married to Jesse Crump (p)
  • Coy: Gene (dm & leader) was married to Ann (p)
  • Coycault: Ernest "Nenny" (co) was the older brother of Phil (cl)
  • Cramer: Larry (tp) is married to Jane Bunnett (ss & fl)
  • Crawley: the brothers Wilton & Jimmy both played cl and sang
  • Creath: Charles (tp & as & leader) and his sisters Marge, who was married to Zutty Singleton (dm), and Pauline (both - p)
  • Crocker: Theo (tp) is the grandson of Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham (tp & voc)
  • Crosby: Bing (voc) with his brother Bob (bandleader & voc) and son Gary (voc)
  • Crouch: Stanley (dm), Sam (p) and contemporary gospel-singer Andrae are cousins
  • Crumbley: George (tp) and Elmer (tb) were brothers
  • Crump: Jesse (p) was married to bluessinger Ida Cox
  • Cuesta: Henry Falcon (cl & as) was a cousin of the Caceres brothers
  • Cullaz: the french guitar-player Pierre is the older brother of Alby (b) - their father is Maurice (jazz-producer & critic)
  • Culley: Wendel Philips (tp) and Ray (dm) were brothers
  • Cullum: James "Jim jr." (co) followed his father Jim sr. (cl) a the leader of the San Antonio-based "Happy Jazz" Band
  • Curry: Bernadine "Bert" (sax) was two years older than his uncle Eric "Glyn" Paque (cl & sax)
  • D'Ambrosia: singer Meredith is ,arried to Eddie Higgins (p)
  • Dale: Joe (dm) was married to Krupa-Singer Carolyn Grey
  • Dameron: Tadley Edward "Tadd" (p & comp) was the brother of Caesar (as)
  • Dance: the jazz-writers Stanley and Helen Oakley were a couple
  • Daniels. Wilbur and Douglas ?
  • Dankworth: John (sax & leader) and his wife Cleo Laine (voc) and their son Alec Dankworth (b)
  • Dauner: Wolfgang (p & comp) is thefather of Florian (dm & perc)
  • Davis: Miles Dewey "Jeff" Davis (tp & fluegelhorn) is the son of Jean Alston-Davis (voc) and the grandson of Ovie Alston (tp & voc)
  • Daye: singer Irene was married to Ed "Corky" Cornelius and Charlie Spivak (leader & tp)
  • Dearie: pianist-singer Blossom was married to Bobby Jasper (ts & fl) from Belgium
  • Dedrick: Lyle F. "Rusty" (tp & comp) was the brother of Arthur (tb)
  • DeFrancesco: Joey (tp & organ) and Papa John (hammond-organ)

  • DeParis: Sidney (tp & tuba & voc) and brother Wilbur (tb & leader)
  • Dial: Harry (dm & voc) and Harvey (tp) were brothers
  • Dixon: Joseph "Joe" (cl & sax) and Gus (tb) were brothers
  • Dodds: Warren "Baby" (dm) and his older brother Johnny (cl) were related to the Robichaux-family
  • Dodgion: Dorothy "Dotty" - née Giaimo - (dm & voc) and Jerry (ss & as & fl) are a couple
  • Dukoff: Bob (ts) was married to singer Ann Boyer
  • Doky: Christian (b) and his brother Niels (p) from Denmark
  • Dominique: Anatie "Natty" (co) was the uncle of Don Albert (tp) and the cousin of Barney Bigard (cl & ts)
  • Donald: Barbara Kay (tp & voc & sax & tb & leader) married the Norwegian piano-player Ole Calmeyer and is the wife of Sonny Simmons (as)
  • Donaldson: drummer Robert Stanley "Bobby" was the younger brother of the musical director of the Fats Waller-Show Don
  • Donato: Michael Andre (b & p) is the son of Ronald (ts) and the nephew of Marice (p)
  • Dorsey: Jimmy (cl & as) and the younger brother Tommy (tb)
  • Douglas: Tommy (leader), Roy, Bill and Buck (all sax & cl) were brothers
  • Dowd: St.Louis based bandleader Eva D. was the mother of Jimmy Forrest (ts)
  • Draper: Raymond Allen "Ray" (tuba) is the son of Barclay (tp)
  • Drew: Kenny and Kenny, Jr. (both on piano)
  • Driscoll: Reg (tp) is the father of singer Julie Tippetts
  • Drootin: russian-born Drummer Benjamin "Buzzy" Drootin is the older brother of Al(bert) (cl & leader)
  • DuCogne: Peter (sax & cl & cello), Adolphus (p), Albert (tp) and Earl (ts) were brothers
  • Dudek: Gerhard Rochus "Gerd" (ts & as & cl & fl & shennai) is the brother of Ossi (tp)
  • Dudziak: Urszula (voc) it the wife of Michal Urbaniak (viol & ts & leader)
  • Dulfer: Hans (ts) and his daughter Candy (as) from Netherlands
  • Dunn: Johnny (tp) was the brother-in-law of Floyd Campbell (dm)
  • Dupree: "Champion" Jack (p & voc) and his son Cornell (g)
  • Duran: Edward Lozano "Eddie" (g), Carlos (b) and Manual (p) were brothers
  • Durham: Eddie (tb & g & arr) was the most prominent of a large musical family: his brothers Joe (b), Allen (tb), Roosevelt (violin & p & g), Earl (p), Clyde (b) and Sylvester (p & organ) were professional musicians working probably mainly in Texas
  • Dutrey: Honoré (tb) was the younger brother of Peter (violin) and Sam sr. (cl) and the uncle of Sam jr. (cl & sax)
  • Dworzak: composer Antonin was the great-uncle of Axel Melhardt (voc & list maker)
  • Edwards: Sumner Leslie "King" (b & tuba) was the brother of Maceo (tp)
  • Ehmsen: Udo (bjo & g & tp) is the cousin of Thomas Nell (tp)
  • Ehrenreich:40-years bigband-leader Teddy (cl & as) with his son Alex (ts)
  • Eldridge: Roy David "Little Jazz" (tp & voc) and his older brother Joseph "Joe" (as) - they were the cousins of Reunald Jones (tp)
  • Elgart: The brothers Les (tp) & Larry (as) were both bandleaders
  • Elias: brasilian piano-player Eliane married Randy Brecker (tp)
  • Ellington: Edward "Duke" (p & leader) and son Mercer (tp & leader) and grandsons Paul Mercer (leader) and Edward II (g)
  • Ellis: Seger (p & voc) was marrried to singer Irene Taylor
  • Ertegun: the turkish-born brothers Ahmet & Nesuhi were both important jazz-record-producers
  • Ervin: Telleferro II "Booker" (ts) was the son of Telleferro I (tb) who played with Buddy Tate
  • Erwin: George "Pee Wee" (tp) was the son of James O. (tp)
  • Erwing: Harris (sax), Jim (p & leader) and Chester (g) were the key-members of the "Erwing Brothers Band" from Alabama
  • Escovedo: Pete (sax & vibes & perc), his younger brothers Coke (perc) and Phil (b), his wife Juanita (voc) and his children Sheila (perc) & Peter Michael (perc) and Zina (voc)
  • Eskelin: Ellery (ts) is the son of hammond organist Bobbie Lee
  • Etienne: reed-player Thomas l'Etienne is married to New Orleans singer Lillian Boutté
  • Eubanks: Duane (tp) and his brothers Robin (tb) and Kevin (g) are the nephews auf the Bryant-brothers
  • Ewell: Donald Tynan "Don" (p) and Ed Lynch (tb) were brothers
  • Farmer: the great Art (tp & flugelhorn & flumpet) was the twin-brother of Addison (b) and the father of Georgie (b)

  • Farrow: Ernie (b) is the brother of Alice Coltrane (p & harp & organ)
  • Fasteau: Zusaan (voc & cello & non-western-instruments) is the wife of Donald Garrett (b & reeds & bamboo-fl)
  • Fazola: Irving Henry - real name: Prestopnik - (cl & sax) was the brother-in-law of Joe Rotis (tb)
  • Feather: Lorraine (voc) is the daughter of Leonard (p & critic)
  • Feldman: Mark (violin) and Sylvie Courvoisier (p & prepared p) are a couple
  • Feldman: Victor (vibes & p & dm & arr) was the son-in-law of Fidgy McGrath (p & arr)

  • Fest: Manfredo (p) and his classical father Phil (p)
  • Finch: blues-saxophonist Otis sr. was most probably the father of Otis jr. "Candy" (dm)
  • Fischer: William S. (comp & sax & fl & key & synth & all string instruments) is the grandson of Robert (g & bjo)
  • Fitzgerald: Ella (voc) and her husband Ray Brown (b)
  • Flack: Robert (voc & p) was married to Steve Novosel (b)
  • Floyd: Reuben (tp) was married to bluesinger Victoria Soivey
  • Fol: french saxophonist Hubert is the older brother of Raymond (p)
  • Fontana: Carl (tb) is the son of Callie (sax)
  • Ford: Sam (tp) was the uncle of Paul Francis Webster (tp)
  • Ford: Mary - née Colleen Summers - (voc) was the wife of Les Paul (g)

  • Forrest: Jimmy (ts) was the son of St.Louis based bandleader Eva Dowd (organ)
  • Fosdick: Dudley (mellophone) and Gene (sax & cl) were brothers
  • Foster: George Murphy "Pops" (b) was the younger brother of Willie (violin & bjo & g)
  • Fowler: Bruce (tb) osthe son of Dr.William L. (educator & g)
  • Francesco: the european Fred Astaire, the dancer, singer and musician Silvio (g & voc & cl) was the brother of singer Catharina Valente
  • Freeman: Bud (ts) had an older brother Arnie (dm), who became a noted actor, and he was the brother-in-law of Rod Cless (cl)
  • Freeman: Von (ts) brother of George (g) and Bruz (dm) and father of Chico (ts)
  • Friedman: Don (p) is the uncle of Janice (p)
  • Gabriel: the "noted musician" Martin Joseph "Manny" (violin) was the father of Percy (b), Clarence (p & bjo) and Martin Manuel "Manny" (cl) who were the uncles of Clarence Ford (sax)
  • Gaines: Charlie (tp) was the father of Stanley (b) and Charlie jr. (tp)

  • Galloway: the scottish-born soprano-sax master Jim (also ts & bs) was married to Rosemary (b)
  • Garland: Joseph Copeland "Joe" (saxophones & arr & comp) was the brother of Moses (tp)
  • Garner: the brothers Erroll and Linton and their sisters Martha, Ruth and Berniece (all - p)
  • Garrett: Donald (b & reeds & bamboo-fl) is the husband af Zusaan Fasteau (voc & cello & non-western-instruments)
  • Gaspard: Tom "Oke" (b) was the older brother of Vic (tb) and Edward (dm)
  • Gee: Matthew sr. (b) was the father of Matthew jr. and Herman (both - tb)
  • Geller: Herb (as) married Lorraine (p) - nee Walsh
  • Gibbs: Arthur (p) was the brother of Jerome "Romie" Bourke (dm)
  • Giese: the late Cornelia Giese (voc) was the step-daughter of Fritz Pauer (p) and the wife of Hans Strasser (b)
  • Gilberto: Astrud (voc) and Joao (voc & g & comp) are a couple.
  • Gilberto: Bebel (voc) is the daughter of João Gilberto (voc & g & comp) and Miúcha (voc).
  • Gillespie: John Birks "Dizzy" (tp & voc) is the father of Jeanie Bryson (voc)
  • Girard: harpist Adele was married to Joe Marsala (cl)
  • Glenn: Evans "Tyree" (tb & vibes & voc) was the father of Tyree jr. (ts & vibes) and Roger (vibes & fl)
  • Goldberg: drummer Richie was the husband of Vi Redd (voc & ss &as)

  • Golden: Jimmy (p) and Alease (organ) were a couple, their nephew is Clifford Edward Thornton III (co & v-tb & perc)
  • Goldie: Don - real name: Donald Elliot Goldfield - (tp) is the son of Harry Goldfield (co)
  • Golson: Benny (ts & arr & comp) is a distand cousin of Wilbur Little (b)

  • Gomez: Johnny (g) was the nephew of Ernie (cl & bs) and his brothers Emilio (violin) and Pinero (tp & p) Caceres
  • Gonzales: singer Babs was a cousin of Humphrey J. "Teddy" Brannon (p & arr & comp)
  • Gonzi: Carlo (b) was the father of Art Farmers drummer Mario
  • Goodman: Benny (cl & sax & tp & voc) and his brothers Harry (b) and Irving (tp)
  • Goodwin: Henry Clay (tp) was the son of Blossom Harrison (p & voc)
  • Gorham: Georgia (p & leader) was the mother of John Collins (g)
  • Grah: Bill (p & vibes) and his younger brother Heinz (b) moved from Cologne to Vienna, and their father Willi (p)

  • Graves: "Blind" Roosevelt and Uaroy (both - g & voc) were half-brothers
  • Green: Bennie (tb & comp) was the brother of Elbert (ts)
  • Grey: Al & his son Mike (both - tb)
  • Grey: Carolyn (voc) was married to the 2nd drummer of the Krupa-Bigband Joe Dale
  • Grossman: Steve and Hal (both - sax) are brothers
  • Grubbs: Carl G. (ss & as) and his late brother Earl (ts)
  • Grusin: Dave (p) and his younger brother Don (keyboards)
  • Guarnieri: John A. "Johny" (p & comp) was the brother of Leo (b)
  • Gulda: Friedrich was married to Yuko and his sons Paul & Rico (all - p)
  • Guy: be-bop pioneer Joe (tp) was married to Billie Holiday (voc)
  • Haden: Charlie (b) is married to Ruth Cameron (voc)

  • Hall: Al and Sam Jones were cousins (both - b)
  • Hall: Edward sr. (cl) was the father of Robert (cl & sax), Edmond "Ed" (cl) - he was the most famous one of the family -, Clarence (sax & g & bjo) and the youngest brother Herb (cl)
  • Hall: Alfred "Tubby" was the older brother of Ram "Minor" (both - dm)
  • Hall: Archie "Skip" (p & organ & arr) was the brother-in-law of Sy Oliver (tp & arr)
  • Hamilton: James "Jimmy" (cl & ts & arr) was married to Vivian - née Jones - (voc) who recorded under the name: Vivian Smith
  • Hampel: Gunter (vibes & b-cl & p & fl) was married to Jeanne Lee (voc)

  • Handy: "Captain" John (as & cl) was the brother of Sylvester (b) & Julius (g)
  • Harper: singer Edythe was married to Vernon Brown (tb)
  • Harper: Phillip (tp) and brother Winard (dm)
  • Harper: Rocquelle Toni (voc) as the niece of Buddy (g)
  • Harrington: Hohn David (cl & sax) was the brother of Seaton "Jew" (as)
  • Harris: Willard Palmer "Bill" (tb) was the half-brother of Bob Harris (b)
  • Harris: LeRoy sr. (bjo & g & fl) was the brother of Arville (cl & sax) and the father of LeRoy jr. (reeds & voc)
  • Harrison: Blossom (p & voc) was the mother of Herny Goodwin (tp)
  • Haughton: Chauncey (cl & sax &p) was the brother of John E. "Shorty" (tb) and Clifton (tp)

  • Hawkins: singer Marie became Mrs. Nat "King" Cole (p &voc)
  • Haynes: Cyril (p & arr) was the brother of Ronald (sax)
  • Haynes: Roy (dm) and his son Graham (dm)
  • Hayton: Lennie (p) was married to singer Lena Horne
  • Heath: Percy (b) and his younger brothers Jimmy (sax) and Albert "Tootie" (dm)
  • Hefti: The famous arranger Neal (tp) was married to singer Frances Wayne
  • Hegamin: Lucille - née Nelson - (voc) was married to William "Bill" (p)
  • Heitger: Ray (cl & leader) is the father of Duke (tp & co)
  • Henderson: Fletcher "Smack" was the older brother of Horace (both p & leaders & arrangers)
  • Hendricks: Jon and daughter Michelle (both voc)
  • Herbert: Arthur (dm) was the uncle of Herbie Lovelle (dm)

  • Heywood: Eddie (p & bandleader) is the father of Eddie jr. (p)
  • Higgins: Eddie (p) is married to singer Meredith D'Ambrosia (voc)
  • Hightower: Willie (tp) was married to Lottie (p)
  • Hilaire: Andrew (dm) was the cousin of Jimmy Betrand (dm & wb)
  • Hines: Joseph (co) was married to Mary (organ), their children were Earl "Fatha" Hines (p & leader) who was married to singer Marva Josie, and his sister Nancy (leader & p)
  • Hino: Terumasa (tp & flugelhorn) is the older brother of Motohiko (dm)
  • Hirt: Al(ois Maxwell) (tp & leader & voc) was the older brother of Gerald P. (tb)
  • Hiseman: John (dm & leader) is married to Barbara Thompson (sax & fl & leader)

  • Hodges: Johnny "Rabbit" (as) was the father of Johnny "Brother" (dm), and the brother-in-law of Don Kirkpatrik (p)
  • Hoffmann: Jean (e-p & voc) is married to Bill Young (dm)
  • Holiday: Billie (voc) and her father Clarence (g & bjo) - she was for some years married to Joe Guy (tp)
  • Holland: Herbert Lee "Peanuts" (tp & voc & comp) and his brother Charles (voc)
  • Honda: Takashi (p) has 2 brothers-in-law - Sadao Watanabe (sax) and Fumio Watanabe (dm)
  • Hood: Ernie (g & zither) was the older brother of William Harrison "Bill" (bs)
  • Hooper: Louis Stanley "Lou" (p & comp & organ & violin), Fred (tp) and Arnold (violin) are brothers
  • Hope: Elmo & his wife Bertha (both - p)

  • Hopkins: Sam "Lightning" and his older brothers John Henry and Joel (all - g & voc)
  • Horne: the beautiful Lena (voc) was married to Lennie Hayton (p)
  • Horton: singer Pug is married to Bob Wilber (cl & ss & as & ts)
  • Horvitz: Wayne (p) is the husband of Robin Holcomb (comp) and brother of Bill (g)
  • Howard: Darnell (cl) was a cousin of Benny Carter (as & tp & arr & leader) and of the legendary Cuban Bennet (tp) and the son of Sam (co & violin & p)
  • Hucko: Michael Andrew "Peanuts" Hucko (cl & ts) is married to ex-Goodman-singer Louise Tobin who was earlier Mrs. Harry James (tp)
  • Humphrey: Professor Jim (James B.) (tp) was the father of Willie (Eli) (cl) who was the father of Willie (cl) and his younger brothers Earl (tb) and Percy (tp)

  • Humphrey: Barbara Ann "Bobbi" (as & fl) is the cousin of Eddie Preston (tp)
  • Humphrey: drummer Ted is married to singer Norma Winstone
  • Huppertsberg: Lindy "Lady Bass" (b) was married to Agi (p) amd had later a long association with Ron Ringwood (voc & managment)
  • Hurley: Clyde (cp & tp) was the son of Esther B. Temple (voc & p)
  • Hutton: Marvel Ray (p) was the mother of band-leader Ina Rae who had a younger half-sister June (voc with Charlie Spivak & Tommy Dorsey) and was married to Randy Brooks (tp & leader)
  • Hutton: Marion (voc with Glenn Miller) was married to Vic Schoen (arr & leader) and had a younger sister Betty (voc with Vincent Lopez) who became a movie-star
  • Ilcken: the dutch drummer Wessel Ilcken or Ilken married the dutch singer Rita Reys
  • Irvis: Charlie (tb) was the brother of Gibbie (p)
  • Isaacs: Charles Edward "Ike" (b) was married to singer Carmen McRae and was a cousin of Maxine Sullivan (voc) - his son Richard Lett plays trumpet
  • Jackson: Cliff (p) was married to Maxine Sullivan (voc)

  • Jackson: father Chubby (b) and his son Duffy (dm & voc) and Chip ?
  • Jackson: Oliver (dm) was the uncle of Ali (dm) and Khalil (tp)
  • Jackson: Quentin Leonard "Butter" (tb) was the brother-in-law of Claude Jones (tb)
  • Jacobs: Willem Bernard "Pim" (p & comp) is the older brother of Rudolf "Rudy" (b & ts)
  • Jacquet: Illinois (ts) and his older brother Russel (tp)
  • Jaffe: Nat (p) was married to singer Shirley Lloyd
  • Jamal: Khan - real name: Warren Robert Cheeseboro - (vibes) is the son of Willa Mae McGee (p)
  • James: Elmore (g & voc) and Homesick (g & voc & b) were brothers-in-law
  • James: Harry (tp & leader), whose father Everrett was a conductor, was married to Louise Tobin (voc), who later married Peanuts Hucko
  • James: Hubert & Herman are the uncles of Charles Henry Sullivan (all - tp)

  • James: Stafford (b & cello & comp) and Don (sax) are brothers
  • Janis: Conrad (tb & leader) is the son of jazz-author Harriet Janis who wrote (with Rudi Blesh) "They all played Ragtime"
  • Jasper: Bobby (fl & ts) was married to Blossom Dearie (p & voc)
  • Jarrett: Keith (p) and his son Gabe (p)
  • Jerret: Nick - real name: Nicholas Bertocci - was the brother of singer Frances Wayne
  • Johnson: Albert J. "Budd" (cl & saxophones) was the younger brother of Frederic "Keg" (tb)
  • Johnson: Alonzo "Lonnie (g & voc) was the brother of James "Steady Roll" (p)
  • Johnson: Howard William "Swan" (as & cl & p & arr) was the brother of Bobby (g & bjo)

  • Johnson: "Blind" Willie (voc & g) and his wife Angeline (voc)
  • Johnson: William Geary "Bunk" (co) was the brother-in-law of George Baquet (cl)
  • Johnson: Woodrow Wilson "Buddy" (p & arr & comp & voc) was the brother of singer Ella
  • Jones: Carmell (tp) was the husband of singer Christine, who married Klaus-Peter Schrammel (p), and father of her daughter Stella (voc)
  • Jones: Claude (tb) was the brother-in-law of Quentin Jackson (tb)
  • Jones: Hank (p) and his younger brothers Thad (tp & flugelhorn & arr & bandleader) and Elvin (dm)
  • Jones: Jonah (tp) was married to Elizabeth Bowles (tb)
  • Jones: Reunald (tp) was the cousin of Joe (as) & Roy Eldridge (tp)
  • Jones: Isham Russel II. "Rusty" is the grandnephew of bandleader Isham Jones

  • Jones: Sam is the cousin of Al Hall (both - b)
  • Jones: Wilmore "Slick" (dm) and his brother Gil (leader)
  • Jones: Wallace (tp) was the cousin of Chick Webb (dm)
  • Jordan: Kidd (sax) and his sons Kent (g) and Marlon (tp)
  • Jordan: singer Sheila - née Dawson - was married to Duke (p)
  • Jordan: James "Taft" (tp & voc) was the cousin of Dave Riddick (tp)
  • Josel: the jazzing section-leader of the "Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra" Rudolf (tb) has a son Peter (p) and a younger brother Manfred (dm) which son Gregor plays dm
  • Josie: singer Marva was married to Earl "Father" Hines (p & voc & leader)
  • Katz: Frederick "Fred" (p & cello & comp) was the son of Dr.Hyman Katz (b & g)
  • Keppard: Freddie (co) was the younger brother of Louis (g & tuba)

  • Kenton: Bandleader Stan (p) married singer Ann Richards
  • Kern: Peter was married to Kathi - née Köttl - (both - g & voc)
  • Keys: Calvin (g & comp) was the nephew of blues-singer St.Louis Jimmy
  • Kimball: Ira (dm) was the grandfather of Phillip Sanford Wilson (dm)
  • Kimura: Junko (p) is the wife of Kunihiko Sugano (p)
  • King: Louise (voc) from the "King Sisters" was married to Alvino Rey (g & leader)
  • King: blues-guitar-player Saunders from Chicago is the father-in-law of Carlos Santana (g)
  • King: singer Nora Lee was married to Lawrence Lucie (g & voc)
  • Kirby: bandleader John (b) was married to Maxine Sullivan (voc)
  • Kirk: bandleader Andrew Dewey "Andy" (bass-sax & bs & tuba) was married to Mary Colston (p) and the father of Andy jr. (ts)
  • Kirkpatrik: Don (p) married the sister of Johnny Hodges (as)

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