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Dizzy Gillespie October 21 2020

Today would have been Dizzy Gillespie's Birthday born John Birks Gillespie he was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, educator and singer. He was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic and rhythmic complexity previously unheard in jazz. His combination of musicianship, showmanship, and wit made him a leading popularizer of the new music called bebop. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks, and his light-hearted personality provided some of bebop's most prominent symbols.

Art Blakey October 12 2020

Happy Birthday to Maestro Art Blakey .Arthur Blakey was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was briefly known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he converted to Islam for a short time in the late 1940s. Blakey made a name for himself in the 1940s in the big bands of Fletcher Henderson and Billy Eckstine. He then worked with bebop musicians Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. In the mid-1950s

Miles Davis September 28 2020

Trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis dies on this day in 1991      Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz.

 


John Coltrane September 23 2020

John William Coltrane was an American jazz saxophonist and composer Born this day September 23rd 1926 Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes and was at the forefront of free jazz. He led at least fifty recording sessions and appeared on many albums by other musicians, including trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk. Over the course of his career, Coltrane's music took on an increasingly spiritual dimension. He remains one of the most influential saxophonists in music history.

Ray Charles September 23 2020

Ray Charles Robinson born this day September 23, 1930  was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray." He was often referred to as "The Genius." Charles was blinded during childhood due to glaucoma

Charles pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic. He contributed to the integration of country music, rhythm and blues, and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, notably with his two Modern Sounds albums. While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first black musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.


Juliette Gréco September 23 2020

R.I.P. Juliette Gréco (7 Feb 1927 – 23 Sep 2020)
Miles and Juliette Gréco remained lovers and friends until Miles death in 1991.

Julian Cannonball Adderley September 15 2020

Julian Cannonball Adderley (1928 – 1975),
Adderley was an American jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.
Adderley is probably best remembered for his 1966 soul jazz single "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", written by Joe Zawinul and also a major crossover hit on the pop charts (it was covered by the Buckinghams). He worked with trumpeter Miles Davis, on his own 1958 Somethin' Else album, and on the seminal Davis records Milestones (1958) and Kind of Blue (1959). He was the elder brother of jazz trumpeter Nat Adderley, a longtime member of his band.

Sonny Rollins September 07 2020

Today Sonny Rollins the living legend is 90 years young and still preforming  a jazz tenor saxophonist who is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians in the world  has had a massive seven-decade career have a fantastic Birthday sir 

Wayne Shorter August 25 2020

A very Happy Birthday to living legend Wayne Shorter 87 years young today

Peter King August 25 2020

What sad news. learning that another British great jazz musician Peter King has sadly passed away on Sunday just a few days after his 80th Birthday. Such a massive loss to the British music industry Thank you for your music Peter