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Jazz Musician of the Day: J.J. Johnson

Jazz Musician of the Day: J.J. Johnson

All About Jazz is celebrating J.J. Johnson's birthday today!

Considered by many to be the finest jazz trombonist of all time, J.J. Johnson somehow transferred the innovations of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to his more awkward instrument, playing with such speed and deceptive ease that at one time some listeners assumed he was playing ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Cobb

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Cobb

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

Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all of the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy\'s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

All About Jazz is celebrating Horace Parlan's birthday today!

Horace Parlan has overcome physical disability and thrived as a pianist despite it. His right hand was partially crippled by polio in his childhood, but Parlan\'s made frenetic, highly rhythmic right hand phrases part of his characteristic style, contrasting them with striking left-hand chords. He\'s also ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Broom

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Broom

All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby Broom's birthday today!

Most musicians would be happy to experience one artistic breakthrough. Thirty-two years into his distinguished, wide-ranging career in jazz, guitarist Bobby Broom seems to have an endless supply of them. His 2009 album Bobby Broom Plays for Monk hit an artistic high-water mark with its “daring ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Cedar Walton

Jazz Musician of the Day: Cedar Walton

All About Jazz is celebrating Cedar Walton's birthday today!

For over 25 years, pianist Cedar Walton has enjoyed an up-tempo career, which never seems to slow down. Maintaining a non-stop itinerary, Walton has accompanied a litany of Jazz greats while also fronting his own successful groups. Born January 17, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, Walton set ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Aldo Romano

Jazz Musician of the Day: Aldo Romano

All About Jazz is celebrating Aldo Romano's birthday today!

Aldo Romano was born in France in 1941, the son of Italian immigrants. His first instrument was the guitar, but he decided to switch to drums in 1961. Essentially self-taught, he nonetheless benefited from the advice of Michel Babault and Jacques Thollot. He admired Philly Joe ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Krupa's birthday today!

Gene Krupa was easily one of the most colorful personalities of the big band era. Despite his outrageous stage persona, Krupa was a serious and disciplined musician whose vision changed the role of drummer forever and who helped standardize the jazz drum kit. Eugene Bertram Krupa ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kenny Wheeler

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

Although resident in England since 1952 and often thought to be an English musician, Kenny Wheeler was born in Canada in 1930. He began playing in his hometown of St. Catherines, encouraged by his father, a trombonist. His formal studies include composition with Rodney Bennett and ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Pass

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Pass

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Pass' birthday today!

Joe Pass almost didn\'t make it as a musician due to his early battle with drug addiction. But following a successful rehab at Synanon and a recording session with fellow recovered musicians entitled Sounds of Synanon, the guitarist was signed by Dick Bock to the Pacific ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

All About Jazz is celebrating Jay McShann's birthday today!

“The Last of the Blue Devils” Jay “Hootie” McShann landed in Kansas City in the 1930s, and along with fellow pianist and bandleader Count Basie, established what came to be known as the Kansas City sound: blues rooted jazz driven by swinging horns laid over a ...