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Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Young

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Young

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Larry Young's birthday today!

A true innovator on the Hammond B3, Young took a different musical path than any of the other organ masters of his time: Although he started out drawing his major influences from the work of Jimmy Smith and the gospel and blues elements that other players employed, but eventually turned to a more complex, modal approach to the organ with sophisticated harmonic and chordal structure Larry Young was born on October ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Whitfield

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Whitfield

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Mark Whitfield's birthday today!

Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1987 where he studied composition, arranging, film scoring and conducting as well as all styles of guitar performance. Later on that year, he returned to his native New York, and immediately began his professional career. Within a few months, he had begun to perform and record with many well-known artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Art ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tord Gustavsen

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Tord Gustavsen's birthday today!

This is music that sings, at once gentle and robust. Lyrical, immediately memorable songs, songs of an appealing freshness, yet sophisticated in their involvement with the melodic line. In the seven years that have elapsed since the recording of a debut album that proved both a popular and a critical success, Tord Gustavsen has toured extensively, crystallizing the musical approach and developing new compositions. The second trio album “The Ground" was ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Swallow

Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Swallow

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Swallow's birthday today!

Steve Swallow was born in New York City in 1940, and spent his childhood in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Before turning to the acoustic bass at age 14, he studied piano (with Howard Kasschau, who also taught Nelson Riddle) and trumpet. His otherwise miserable adolescence was brightened by his discovery of jazz. He took many of his first stabs at improvisation with Ian Underwood (who subsequently became a Mother Of Invention ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Von Freeman

Jazz Musician of the Day: Von Freeman

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Von Freeman's birthday today!

Earl Lavon Freeman jazz tenor saxophonist, originally became known for his work with the Horace Henderson Group during the Late 1940s, and Sun Ra's band in the early '50s. During that period, he also played with his musical brothers, drummer Bruz (Eldrige) Freeman and guitarist George Freeman, (with pianists including Ahmad Jamal, Andrew Hill, and Muhal Richard Abrams). Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich says, “...For technical brilliance, musical intellect, harmonic sophistication ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Django Bates

Jazz Musician of the Day: Django Bates

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Django Bates' birthday today!

Django was born in a house near New Beckenham Station. A ropy, semitone flat D'Almaine Piano was the most fascinating toy in the house. He found the clatter of railway workers working throughout the night comforting, but had reoccurring nightmares about a Hippopotamus head slowly moving from one side of the ceiling to the other, and of having fluttering moths stuck between his toes. When he was three and a half, ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Holland

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Holland

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Holland's birthday today!

Amid endless choices, the sound of a Dave Holland bass line compels attention. A master of tone and rhythm, the bassist, composer, and bandleader is now in his fifth decade as a performer and his music possesses a rich and kaleidoscopic history. One of Holland's mentors, the affably sage-like saxophonist Sam Rivers, gave him a tip once. “Sam said, ‘Don't leave anything out?"play all of it,' “ Holland once told a ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy Rich

Jazz Musician of the Day: Buddy Rich

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Buddy Rich's birthday today!

Arguably the greatest jazz drummer of all time, the legendary Buddy Rich exhibited his love for music through the dedication of his life to the art. His was a career that spanned seven decades, beginning when Rich was 18 months old and continuing until his death in 1987. Immensely gifted, Rich could play with remarkable speed and dexterity despite the fact that he never received a formal lesson and refused to ...


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