Eartha Kitt was a magnetic soul who lit up the stage, screen, and room wherever she appeared. A pop-culture icon, Kitt is forever remembered for playing Catwoman in a 60s Batman series. During her career, her first song recordings were done in Paris with a jazz trio.
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Joseph Anthony “Fud” Livingston (1906-1957) was a jazz virtuoso who not only arranged music, but played saxophone, clarinet, and piano. This Charleston, South Carolina, native composed the music for “I’m Thru with Love,” which was popularized into a standard. The song was recorded by Bing Crosby, Nat
"It’s quite remarkable how many great jazz musicians came from the state of South Carolina and Charleston, in particular." - Dan Morgenstern, Director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University This week, SC Jazz History gives us a look at famed trumpet players, William Alonzo "Cat" Anderson and
South Carolina is the birthplace and home to many jazz influencers. Once such group is the Jenkins Orphanage Band of Charleston, South Carolina. Jabbo Smith, who was Jazz's #2 trumpeter, got his start with the Jenkins Orphanage Band. In the late 1930's, Jabbo reportedly is the one
This week in Jazz, we discover "Cubop" or Afro-Cuban Jazz. Chico O' Farrill was a primary influencer in the 1940s and 1950s when this style became prominent. He was born Arturo O' Farrill to an Irish Father and German mother, October 28, 1921, in Havana Cuba. He
This week/month in Jazz, Trumpeter "Dizzy" Gillespie was born John Birks Gillespie on October 21, 1917. Dizzy is arguably the greatest trumpeter of all time with his roots and birthplace here in South Carolina. He is co-founder of the bebop style and a historic figure in jazz
This week in Jazz, we learn of master trombonist Ray Anderson. He was born on October 16, 1952, in Chicago, Ilinois. Ray is the Director of Jazz Studies at The State University of New York at Stony Brook since 2003, where he enjoys inspiring the next generation.
Thelonious Monk was born on October 10, 1917, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. During his youth he managed to be banned from entering the Apollo Theater competition after winning so many times. He was largely ignored by the jazz community for the first half of his career,
This week in Jazz, violinist Jean Luc Ponty was born on September 29, 1942, in Avranches, France. He is the legendary "undisputed master of violin in the area of jazz and rock." He was born of classical musicians and even played with a major symphony orchestra, Concerts
This week in Jazz, the famed saxophonist/bandleader/composer John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926, in Hamlet, North Carolina. Early in his career he was fortunate to play with other jazz greats such as Dizzie Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. He was an artist whose music