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
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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
Terence Young is one of Columbia's more popular smooth jazz guitarists. He has notable billboards around town and "The Terence Young Experience" shows are often sold out. He has shared the stage with renown recording artists such as The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Al Jarreau, Babyface and Angie
This week in Jazz, vocalist Dinah Washington was born on August 29, 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She traded her birth name, Ruth Lee Jones while, singing her first gig in Chicago. In 1986, Dinah Washington was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. This “Queen of
This week in Jazz, we present a jazz icon known to be one of the greatest band leaders of all time. Count Basie is the true King of Swing for his primary role in influencing the popular sounds of the swing era in the mid-20th century. He
This week in Jazz, we have the birth of American Jazz drummer, Donald Douglas Lamond, Jr. He was born August 18, 1920, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, although raised in Washington, DC. He is known for his trademark drumming style, which he displayed with explosive power and high
This week in Jazz, Mamie Smith (1883-1946) records, Crazy Blues on August 10, 1920. She was the first African-American female performer to record and establish the blues creating a new music market in America. The song, originally titled, “Harlem Blues” sold nearly a million copies in the
This week in Jazz, trumpeter and singer Louis Daniel Armstrong was born on August 4, 1901. For his entire life though, the legendary trumpeter and vocalist declared his birthday to be July 4, 1900. Nicknamed “Satchmo” and “Pops,” he is a jazz legend with a career that
This week in Jazz we celebrate the birthday of trombonist, composer, and producer, Delfeayo Marsalis. Born in New Orleans on July 28, 1965, he is a Grammy-Award winner and recipient of the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. We
This week in Jazz we present an American Pianist born Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe; known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941). On July 17, 1923, he recorded one of the very first integrated recording sessions with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Jelly Roll Morton is widely regarded as