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Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

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 ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Garrison Fewell

Jazz Musician of the Day: Garrison Fewell

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 ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Konitz

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Konitz

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 ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

Jazz Musician of the Day: Harry Allen

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 ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Blakey

Jazz Musician of the Day: Art Blakey

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 ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Thelonious Monk

Jazz Musician of the Day: Thelonious Monk

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. ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Garrett

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Garrett

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 ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Pepper Adams

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pepper Adams

All About Jazz is celebrating Pepper Adams' birthday today!

Pepper Adams was one of hard bop\'s most significant baritone saxophonists. His dark, hearty tone on the horn and driving rhythmic sense provided the antithesis to the lighter, floating (and consequently more popular) styles of Gerry Mulligan. His family moved to Rochester, New York when he ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Young

Jazz Musician of the Day: Larry Young

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 ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Whitfield

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Whitfield

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. ...