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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 Eckstine ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

Jazz Musician of the Day: John Ellis

All About Jazz is celebrating John Ellis' birthday today! The gifted, versatile saxophonist/clarinetist/composer John Ellis occupies an imaginary (and extremely imaginative) space directly between the celebratory, welcoming spirit of New Orleans and the edgy, frantic streets of New York City. Both as the leader of his own eclectic projects and as an in-demand sideman for a ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Herbie Hancock

Jazz Musician of the Day: Herbie Hancock

All About Jazz is celebrating Herbie Hancock's birthday today! Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while still maintaining his unique, unmistakable voice. Herbie's success at expanding the possibilities of musical thought has placed him in the annals of this century's visionaries. With an illustrious ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jakob Bro

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jakob Bro

All About Jazz is celebrating Jakob Bro's birthday today! The young guitarist Jakob Bro has not only made an impression on the Danish jazz scene; as part of the group led by legendary drummer Paul Motian, Bro also performs with many top American musicians. These can be heard on the Motian Group's album Garden of Eden ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Omar Sosa

All About Jazz is celebrating Omar Sosa's birthday today! Composer-pianist-bandleader Omar Sosa was born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba's largest inland city. At age eight, Omar began studying percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey; in Havana, as a teenager, he took up piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música, and completed his ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Gadd

Jazz Musician of the Day: Steve Gadd

All About Jazz is celebrating Steve Gadd's birthday today! Steve Gadd, b. Rochester, New York, April 9, 1945. Uncle, a drummer in the army, encouraged him. Drum lessons from age seven; sat in with Dizzy Gillespie at 11. Studied music at Eastman College, Rochester, playing in wind ensemble and concert band, and at nights in a ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Carmen McRae

Jazz Musician of the Day: Carmen McRae

All About Jazz is celebrating Carmen McRae's birthday today! Considered by jazz aficionados to be among the top ten female vocalists of all time, Carmen McRae's distinctive behind-the-beat phrasing, impeccable vocal control, and witty, sometimes acerbic way of conveying a lyric are what set her apart as a singularly great singer. She considered jazz great Billie ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Billie Holiday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Billie Holiday

All About Jazz is celebrating Billie Holiday's birthday today! Billie Holiday ("Lady Day") is considered by many to be the greatest of all jazz singers. In a tragically abbreviated singing career that lasted less than three decades, her evocative phrasing and poignant delivery profoundly influenced vocalists who followed her. Although her warm, feathery voice inhabited a ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerry Mulligan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerry Mulligan

All About Jazz is celebrating Gerry Mulligan's birthday today! Gerry Mulligan grew up in Philadelphia and first learned piano, which he played occasionally. While in his teens, he wrote arrangements for Johnny Warrington's radio band (1944) and played reed instruments professionally. After moving to New York in 1946, he joined Gene Krupa's big band as staff ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Stanley Turrentine

Jazz Musician of the Day: Stanley Turrentine

All About Jazz is celebrating Stanley Turrentine's birthday today! Stanley William Turrentine was one of the most distinctive tenor saxophonists in jazz. Known for his big, warm, sound, “The Sugar Man" or the original “Mr. T" found inspiration in the blues and turned it into a hugely successful career with a #1 hit and four Grammy ...


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