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Jazz Musician of the Day: Roy Hargrove

Jazz Musician of the Day: Roy Hargrove

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Roy Hargrove's birthday today!

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as one of this generation's premier players in jazz and beyond. Hargrove was born in Waco, TX on October 16, 1969. Inspired by the gospel music he heard in church on Sundays and the R&B and funk music that played on the radio, Roy began learning the trumpet in the fourth grade. By junior high school, he was playing at an advanced level of ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today!

Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to “Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," “Whoop-up," “Alice Through the Looking Glass" and “Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV's Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single, “My ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Garrison Fewell

Jazz Musician of the Day: Garrison Fewell

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Garrison Fewell's birthday today!

“The guitarist formerly known as one of Boston's most eloquent inside players has become one of its leading experimenters," writes Boston Phoenix's Jon Garelick, who included Fewell's ensemble, the Variable Density Sound Orchestra, on his best of 2009 list. Fewell, a professor at Berklee College since 1977, has toured the globe for more than 35 years as one of the jazz world's premier performer/educators. He has released 13 recordings for Soul ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Konitz

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Konitz

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Lee Konitz's birthday today!

Konitz is sometimes regarded as the preeminent cool jazz saxophonist, because he performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill, Lennie Tristano (both often cited as important cool jazz proponents of the mid 1940s), and with Miles Davis on his epochal Birth of the Cool, which gave the form its name. Konitz has also been repeatedly noted as one of the few jazz saxophonists of the late 1940s and 1950s who did not ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Harry Allen's birthday today!

Gene Lees writes, “Stan Getz was once asked his idea of the perfect tenor saxophone soloist. His answer was, 'My technique, Al Cohn's ideas, and Zoot's time.' The fulfillment of that ideal may well be embodied in thirty-year-old Harry Allen." BMG recording artist Harry Allen has over twenty recordings to his name. Three of Harry's CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan's Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD Tenors Anyone? ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Blakey

Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Blakey

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Art Blakey's birthday today!

Born in 1919, Art Blakey began his musical career, as did many jazz musicians, in the church. The foster son of a devout Seventh Day Adventist Family, Art learned the piano as he learned the Bible, mastering both at an early age. But as Art himself told it so many times, his career on the piano ended at the wrong end of a pistol when the owner of the Democratic Club—the ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Thelonious Monk

Jazz Musician of the Day: Thelonious Monk

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Thelonious Monk's birthday today!

With the arrival Thelonious Sphere Monk, modern music— let alone modern culture—simply hasn’t been the same. Recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre, Monk achieved a startlingly original sound that even his most devoted followers have been unable to successfully imitate. His musical vision was both ahead of its time and deeply rooted in tradition, spanning the entire history of the music from the “stride” masters ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Garrett

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Garrett

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Kenny Garrett's birthday today!

Kenny Garrett is a jazz saxophonist. He was born in Detroit, MI in 1960. His father was a tenor saxophonist. Kenny's career took off when he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1978, then led by Duke's son, Mercer Ellington. Three years later he played in the Mel Lewis Orchestra (playing the music of Thad Jones) and also the Dannie Richmond Quartet (focusing on Charles Mingus's music). In 1984, he recorded ...


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