Sad Loss of Richard Ricky Laird July 04 2021
Such sad new that the legendary Bassist Richard "Ricky" Laird sadly loses battle with cancer and has passed away today 4th July. Born in Dublin, Laird played music from a young age and enrolled for guitar and piano lessons. He started playing jazz after moving to the other side of the world New Zealand at the age of 16 with his father. he brought his upright bass whilst living there . After extensive touring in New Zealand he moved to Australia, where he played with many top jazz musicians including Don Burrows .
Laird moved to England in 1962 and became house bassist at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London's West End , playing with many visiting musicians including Wes Montgomery Sonny Stitt Stan Getz and Buddy Rich to name but a few , he played a residence at The Talk of the Town He was recorded on the soundtrack of Alfie (1966) with Sonny Rollins,
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Miles Davis May 27 2021It would have been Miles Dewy Davis 95th Birthday on May 26th Miles Dewey Davis III was an American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music.
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HRH Prince Philip April 09 2021How very sad the day has been with the passing of HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh aged 99 i send my condolences to her Majesty the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family. Thank you Prince Philip for your many years of service to this great country and to our Queen may your eternal sleep be a peaceful one
Dizzy Gillespie October 21 2020Today 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 2020Happy 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 2020John 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.
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