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Dave Brubeck

(b. 1920) American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader

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Alan Dawson

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B. George Alan Dawson, 14 July 1929, Marietta, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 23 February 1996, Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. After studying extensively in Boston, where he also worked with the...

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Alec Dankworth

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B. Alexander William Tamba Dankworth, 14 May 1960, London, England. The son of John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, Alec’s background was inevitably steeped in music. Taking up the bass he ...

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All Night Long

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Even in 1961, adapting William Shakespeare to outwardly incongruous settings was not a new departure for film makers. Setting the Bard to a jazz background was. All Night Long was ...

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Allen Vizzutti

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B. Missoula, Montana, USA. Raised in Montana, Vizzutti was taught to play trumpet by his father, himself a self-taught trumpet player. Later, he studied at the Eastman School of Music ...

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Anne Phillips

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B. Anne Latta Dinsmore, 17 February 1935, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Growing up near Readong, Pennsylvania, Phillips ‘played piano by ear non-stop as a child’, later studying piano...

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Bechstein

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German firm of piano makers founded in Berlin in 1853 by Wilhelm Carl Bechstein (1826–1900). His first grand piano was inaugurated in 1856 by Bülow; he went on to make ...

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Bill Smith

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B. 12 May 1938, Bristol, England. A jazz fan from childhood, Smith began to learn trumpet and drums, turning to soprano saxophone only in 1966, three years after he had ...

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Blue Rondo A La Turk

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Named after a Dave Brubeck tune, this UK-based group comprised Moses Mount Bassie (saxophone), Mick ‘Lloyd’ Bynoe (drums, percussion), Art Collins (saxophone), Geraldo d’Arbilly (b. Brazil;...

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Bob Mintzer

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B. 27 January 1953, New Rochelle, Westchester, New York, USA. Interested in music from childhood, Mintzer began serious studies shortly before he left high school. He went to Interlochen...

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Brothers Four

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This pioneering and long-running folk/pop quartet was formed in 1957 by University of Washington fraternity brothers Bob Flick (upright bass, vocals), Mike Kirkland (guitar, banjo, vocals),...

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Butch Miles

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B. Charles Thornton, 4 July 1944, Ironton, Ohio, USA. After playing the drums as a small child, Miles later studied music in college. As a teenager, he played with a ...

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Cal Tjader

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B. Callen Radcliffe Tjader, 16 July 1925, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 5 May 1982, Manila, Philippines. After studying formally, Tjader played drums with various bands on the west coast ...

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Donald Fagen

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B. 10 January 1948, Passaic, New Jersey, USA. A graduate of New York’s Bard College, Fagen joined fellow student Walter Becker in several temporary groups, including the Leather Canary and...

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Elly Wright

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B. Austria. Singing since childhood, Wright has established a considerable following in and around Vienna. She has also toured throughout Austria, sometimes working with local musicians...

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Eric Reed

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B. Eric Scott Reed, 21 June 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pianist Reed began his life in music when he was two years old with an interest in the drums. He ...

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Fantasy Records

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Formed by brothers Max and Sol Weiss in 1949, Fantasy Records was actually designed to lose money! Instead, it became an important and influential jazz label, later taking on R&B ...

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Gerry Mulligan

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B. Gerald Joseph Mulligan, 6 April 1927, New York City, New York, USA, d. 19 January 1996, Darien, Connecticut, USA. Raised in Philadelphia, Mulligan started out on piano before...

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Gordon Beck

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B. 16 September 1935, London, England. Beck, unlike many of his contemporaries, did not ‘pay his dues’ with the show and dance bands of the era. He studied piano at ...

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Igor Butman

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B. November 1961, Leningrad, USSR. Encouraged in music from a very early age by his father, an amateur drummer and singer, Butman first took piano lessons although he really wanted ...

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Islanders

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This instrumental duo of Randy Starr (b. Warren Nadel, 2 July 1930, Bronx, New York, USA; guitar) and Frank Metis (b. 8 August 1925, Gruenberg, Germany; accordion) came from New ...

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