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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Giuffre

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Giuffre

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Giuffre's birthday today!

Reedman and composer Jimmy Giuffre was born in Dallas, TX. He started his musical education at age 9 learning the clarinet and within few years he was proficient enough to give solo clarinet recitals at local functions. After high school he attended North Texas State University ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald

All About Jazz is celebrating Ella Fitzgerald's birthday today!

Dubbed “The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Henderson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Henderson

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Henderson's birthday today!

The tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson was born on April 24, 1937 in a small city called Lima Ohio midway between Dayton and Toledo. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Lima in a family of 15 children where he was exposed to a variety of musical ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Broadbent

Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Broadbent

All About Jazz is celebrating Alan Broadbent's birthday today!

Alan Broadbent was born in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1966, at the age of 19, received a Downbeat Magazine scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1969 he was asked to join Woody Herman\'s band as his pianist and arranger for 3 ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Mingus

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Mingus

All About Jazz is celebrating Charles Mingus' birthday today!

One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bassist, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church— choir ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Slide Hampton

Jazz Musician of the Day: Slide Hampton

All About Jazz is celebrating Slide Hampton's birthday today!

Slide Hampton\'s distinguished career spans decades in the evolution of jazz. At the age of 12 he was already touring the Midwest with the Indianapolis-based Hampton Band, led by his father and comprising other members of his musical family. By 1952, at the age of 20, ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Avishai Cohen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Avishai Cohen

All About Jazz is celebrating Avishai Cohen's birthday today!

Bassist/Composer Avishai Cohen, born April 20, 1970 in Israel, a musician who has been called a “jazz visionary of global proportions” by DownBeat, and was declared one of the 100 Most Influential Bass Players of the 20th Century by Bass Player Magazine, is renowned around the ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Hal Galper

Jazz Musician of the Day: Hal Galper

All About Jazz is celebrating Hal Galper's birthday today!

In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of the most surprising and satisfying pianists alive. Galper is at the forefront of players reaching audiences through the time-tested magic of swing while integrating adventurous rhythmic ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Buster Williams

Jazz Musician of the Day: Buster Williams

All About Jazz is celebrating Buster Williams' birthday today!

Buster Williams is a prodigious artist whose playing knows no limits. He has played, recorded and collaborated with jazz giants such as Art Blakey, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Dexter Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Ammons

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Ammons

All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Ammons' birthday today!

Eugene “Jug" Ammons was a jazz tenor saxophonist, and the son of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons. Ammons began to gain recognition when he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax band in 1943, at the age of 18. He became a member of the Billy ...