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Miles Davis

(1926—1991) American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader

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Aaron Bell

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

B. Samuel Aaron Bell, 24 April 1922, Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, d. 28 July 2003, New York City, New York, USA. Bell learned to play piano as a small child. In ...

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Addison Farmer

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B. 21 August 1928, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA, d. 20 February 1963, New York, USA. The twin brother of Art Farmer, he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-40s and ...

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African Americans

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A citizen or resident of the United States whose ancestry can be traced to Africa. A term intended to avoid the pejorative associations of words such as “negro” and “black.” An estimated 10...

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Agharta (Miles Davis album)

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This was recorded live at Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan on 1 February 1975.Often derided or misunderstood during the time of their original release, Miles Davis’ numerous releases...

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Ahmad Jamal

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B. Fritz Jones, 2 July 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. A professional pianist from before his teenage years, Jamal (who changed his name in the early 50s) managed to break through ...

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Airto Moreira

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B. 5 August 1941, Itaiópolis, Brazil. Moreira moved to Rio de Janeiro when he was 16 years old. In the 60s he played in a quartet with the pianist/flautist Hermeto ...

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Al Foster

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B. Aloysius Foster, 18 January 1944, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Given a drum kit when he was 10, Foster began playing around New York at 16, and was first recorded in ...

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Al McKibbon

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B. Alfred Benjamin McKibbon, 1 January 1919, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 29 July 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA. After playing bass in various Midwest bands in the late 30s and ...

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Albert Ayler

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B. 13 July 1936, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, d. 25 November 1970, New York City, New York, USA. In common with many of the radical figures of the 60s avant garde ...

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Alex Haley

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(1921–),

born in Ithaca, N.Y., after service with the coast guard (1939–59), in which he was a journalist, became the aid or ghost writer of The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965)....

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