28 April

Everett Barksdale
Guitar, b.1910 d.1986, Detroit, MI

Mario Bauza
Trumpet, b.1911 d.1993, Havana, Cuba
Mario Bauza (April 28, 1911 in Havana, Cuba – July 11, 1993 in New York City) was one of the most influential figures in the development of latin jazz. Trained as a classical musician, he played oboe and clarinet in Havana. After emigrating to New York at age 19, he reputedly learned to play the trumpet in two weeks and earned a spot as a player in Chick Webb’s orchestra. For More Information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Bauza

William Anthony Colon
Vocal, b.1950, Bronx, NY – He is a Puerto Rican salsa music icon. First and foremost a trombonist, Colon also sings, writes, produces and acts. He is also involved in municipal politics in New York City. Willie Colon was born in the Bronx, New York, to Puerto Rican parents. He picked up the trumpet from a young age, and later switched to trombone, inspired by the all-trombone sound of Mon Rivera and – at least during a specific period in the 1960s – that of Eddie Palmieri. He was bullied in his neighborhood because of this, and had to defend himself quite often from gang members. In a way similar to Bob Marley’s, he gained a reputation for being tough and fierce in combat, even if his height could put him in a disadvantage (Willie is 5ft. 6in. -168 cm- tall). For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Colon

Blossom Dearie
Vocal, Piano, b.1926, East Durham, NY – Blossom is an American jazz singer and pianist. Dearie (who performs under her birth name) is known for her distinctive, high-pitched voice. Dearie was born in East Durham, New York. As a child she studied classical piano but switched to jazz as a teenager. After high school Dearie moved to New York City to pursue her music career. Here she began singing in groups such as the Blue Flames (with the Woody Herman Orchestra) and the Blue Reys (with Alvino Rey’s band) before launching her solo career. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blossom_Dearie

Oliver Jackson
Drums, b.1933, Detroit, MI

Steve Kahn
Guitar, b.1947, Los Angeles, CA

George Lee
Baritone Sax, b.1896 d.1958, Boonville, MO

Russ Morgan
Trombone, b.1904 d. August 7, 1969, Scranton, PA – Russ was a Big Band orchestra leader. Born into a Welsh family, Russ Morgan was encouraged to express himself musically from the tender age of seven. His ability had came naturally since his father, a coal-mine foreman, was a former musician who played drums in the local band in his spare time with his mother, before her marriage, had been a pianist in a vaudeville act. Almost at the same age that he began to study piano, he began to work in the mines in order to earn money to help support his family and pay for his lessons. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russ_Morgan

John Martin Tchicai
Saxophone, b.1936, Copenhagen, Denmark – John is a Danish jazz saxophonist. He was one of the earliest European free jazz musicians. He is of Danish and Congolese descent. Tchicai studied violin in his youth, and in his mid-teens began playing clarinet and alto saxophone, focusing on the latter. By the late 1950’s he was travelling around northern Europe, playing with many musicians. After moving to New York City in 1963, Tchicai fell into the free jazz scene, co-forming the New York Contemporary Five and the New York Art Quartet, and playing on John Coltrane’s epochal Ascension. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tchicai

Mickey Tucker
Piano, b.1941 d. Durham, NC

Glenn Zottola
Trumpet, b.1947, Port Chester, NY

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