26 April

Alessandro Galati – 1966

Andy Farber (arranger) – 1969

Axel Dorner – 1964

Bill Byrne – Baritone Sax, b.1942, Stamford, CT

Catherine Lawson (violin) – 1960

Charles “Cow-Cow” Davenport – Pianist, Singer, Songwriter, Boogie-Woogie pioneer; b.1895 d.1956, Anniston, AL. He was an American boogie woogie piano player. He also played the organ and sang. He was born in Anniston, Alabama. Arnold Caplin, on the liner notes to the album Hot Pianos 1926-1940 reports that Davenport started playing the piano at age 12. His family objected strongly to his musical aspirations and sent him to a theological seminary, where he was expelled for playing ragtime. Davenport’s career began in the 1920s when he joined Banhoof’s Traveling Carnival, a medicine show. His first fame came as accompanist to blues musicians Dora Carr and Ivy Smith. He also performed with Tampa Red. He recorded for many record labels, and was a talent scout and artist for Vocalion Records. Davenport suffered a stroke in the early 1930s and lost movement in his hands. He was washing dishes when he was found by the jazz pianist Art Hodes in 1938. Hodes assisted in his rehabilitation and helped him find new recording contracts. His best-known tune was “Cow Cow Blues”. In 1953, “Cow Cow Blues” was re-written by Ahmet Ertegün into Ray Charles’ “Mess Around” which was Charles’ first step away from his Nat “King” Cole-esque style, and into the style he would employ throughout the 1950s for Atlantic Records.
“Cow Cow Boogie” [1943] was probably named for him, but he did not write it. It was penned by Benny Carter, Gene de Paul and Don Raye. It combined the then popular “Western song” craze (exemplified by Johnny Mercer’s “I’m an Old Cowhand”) with the big band / boogie-woogie fad. The track was written for the Abbott and Costello film, Ride ‘Em Cowboy. Davenport claimed to have been the composer of “Mama Don’t Allow It”. He also said he had written the Louis Armstrong hit “I’ll be Glad When You’re Dead (You Rascal You)”, but sold the rights and credit to others.
Cow Cow Davenport, who died in 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, of hardening of the arteries[1] is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Cripple Clarence Lofton called him a major influence. Cri. Ref: Wikipedia

Claudine Clark – 1941

Daniel Volovets (guitar) – 1992

Dave Tough – Drums, b.1907 d.1948, Oak Park, IL

Duane Eddy (guitar, electric) – 1938

Fabrizia Barresi (vocals) – 1959

Gary Wright (keyboards) – 1943

Gertrude “Ma” Rainey -HALL OF FAMER, Blues Singer, RN: Gertrude Malissa
Nix Pridgett; NN: Mother of the Blues, b.1886 d.Dec 22, 1939 (was 53), Columbus, GA
She was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of such singers to record. She was billed as The Mother of the Blues. She did much to develop and popularize the form and was an important influence on younger blues women, such as Bessie Smith, and their careers. Pridgett began performing at 12–14. She recorded under the name Ma Rainey after she and Will Rainey were married in 1904. They toured with F.S. Wolcott’s Rabbit Foot Minstrels and later formed their own group called Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues. From the time of her first recording in 1923 to five years later, Ma Rainey made over 100 recordings. Some of them include, Bo-weevil Blues (1923), Moonshine Blues (1923), See See Rider (1924), Black Bottom (1927), and Soon This Morning (1927). Ma Rainey was known for her very powerful vocal abilities, energetic disposition, majestic phrasing, and a ‘moaning’ style of singing similar to folk tradition. Though her powerful voice and disposition are not captured on her recordings, the other characteristics are present, and most evident on her early recordings, Bo-weevil Blues and Moonshine Blues. Ma Rainey also recorded with Louis Armstrong in addition to touring and recording with the Georgia Jazz Band. Ma Rainey continued to tour until 1935 when she retired to her hometown

Gia Mora (vocals)

Herman Foster – Jazz Saxophonist, Pianist, b.1928, d.1999, Philadelphia, PA

J. B Hutto – Blues Performer, Singer/Guitarist, Pianist, Drummer, b.1926=d.1985

James Peter “Jimmy” Giuffre – Jazz Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Teacher, Reeds, b.1921, Dallas, TX. He was an American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, composer and arranger. He is notable for his development of forms of jazz, which allowed for the free interplay between the musicians, anticipating forms of free improvisation. Born in Dallas, Texas, of Italian ancestry, Giuffre (pronounced “Joo-fray”) was a graduate of Dallas Technical High School and North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas). He first became known as an arranger for Woody Herman’s big band, for which he wrote the celebrated “Four Brothers” (1947). He would continue to write creative, unusual arrangements throughout his career. He was a central figure in West coast jazz, cool jazz, and was a member of Shorty Rogers’s groups before going solo. Giuffre played clarinet, as well as tenor and baritone saxophones, but eventually focused on clarinet. Ref: Wikipedia

Johnny Shines – Blues Performer, Singer/Guitarist, Songwriter, b.1915=d.Apr 20, 1992 (was 76)

Jules Stein – violin, saxophone, Businessperson, Doctor, MCA Records (Music Corporation of America) founder, president, & chairman, b. 1896 d.29 April 1981 He was an American musician, physician, and business leader who built a band booking agency with $1,000 of capital into MCA Inc., a billion-dollar force in the world of mass entertainment. Stein’s creation, MCA Inc. calls itself the world’s largest producer of film entertainment. It produces and distributes television programs, distributes motion pictures, and produces and publishes works of music. Stein was born in South Bend, Indiana and received degrees from the University of Chicago and Rush Medical College. He founded the Music Corporation of America (MCA) in 1924.
While attending college, Stein played the violin and saxophone to help finance his studies, and his success in arranging band dates led to his move from medicine to show business. He arranged one-night stands, instead of having bands seek engagements for whole seasons which was innovative and led to signing up Guy Lombardo and other top bands of the day. Next, he started package deals for complete shows for hotels and radio broadcasting.
Spreading from the one-man start to bases in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Cleveland, Mr. Stein’s organization by the mid-1930s represented more than half the nation’s major bands, including those of Ted Weems, Isham Jones and Benny Goodman. Ref: Wikipedia

Karl George – Trumpet, b.1913, St. Louis, MO

Ken Gregory (trumpet) – 1950

Ken Stout (saxophone) – 1962

Lakshminarayana Shankar – Violin, Composer, b.1950, also known as L. Shankar, Shankar or Shenkar, is a violinist, vocalist and composer. L. Shankar was born in Madras, Tamil Nadu. Growing up in Jaffna, Ceylon, where his father V. Lakshminarayan was a professor at the Jaffna College of Music, Shankar was exposed to Carnatic music and other styles from an early age. His father was an esteemed violinist, his mother L. Seethalakshmi played the veena and all his five older siblings were also proficient in music. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Physics in India, Shankar moved to America in 1969 and earned a doctorate in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University. Here he met jazz musicians Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Garrison, and John McLaughlin while working as a teaching assistant and concert master of the University Chamber Orchestra. In 1975 Shankar and McLaughlin founded Shakti, a pioneering, groundbreaking and highly influential east-meets-west collaboration, with a fluid sound that managed to successfully combine seemingly incompatible traditions. Ref: Wikipedia

Leslie Beukelman (vocals) – 1982

Mario Fragiacomo (flugelhorn) – 1954

Michael Hutchins (vocals) – 1975

Miguel Megre (programming) – 1961

Nino Frasio (banjo) – 1950

Philippe Bertaud (guitar, acoustic) – 1967

Preston Love – Alto Sax, b.1921 d.2004, Omaha, NE

Rainer Pusch (sax, tenor) – 1954

Rudiger Carl – 1944

Teddy Edwards – Bandleader, Composer, Tenor-sax, b.1924 d.2003,
Jackson, MS

Thomas Timko (bass) – 1971

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