30 April

Lawrence Duhe
Clarinet, b.1887 d.1960, LaPlace, LA – Lawrence was an early jazz clarinetist and bandleader. Duhe was born in La Place, Louisiana. He played with Kid Ory there in his youth, and followed Ory to New Orleans, Louisiana. He played with Ory, King Oliver, Frankie Duson, and led his own band in Storyville. Duhe moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1917. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Duhe

Percy Heath
Bass, b.1923 d. April 28, 2005, Wilmington, NC – Percy was a jazz musician, most famous for his 40+ years as the double bass player for the Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ). He is the brother of tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and drummer Tootie Heath, with whom he formed the Heath Brothers in 1975. Heath also worked with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk. At the age of 81, he released his first album as bandleader through the Daddy Jazz label. The album, titled A Love Song, garnered rave reviews and served as a fitting coda for Heath’s illustrious career. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Heath

Hayes Pillars
Tenor Sax, Leader, b.1906, N. Little Rock, AR – Jeter-Pillars Orchestra was an important jazz troupe led by altoist James Jeter and tenor-saxophonist Hayes Pillars. Jeter and Pillars were previously members of Alphonso Trent’s big band. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeter-Pillars_Orchestra

Dick Twardzik
Piano, b.1931 d.1955, Danvers, Massachusetts – Richard was a jazz pianist known for bebop and for dying young from a heroin overdose. He trained in classical piano as a child and made his professional debut at 14. He was taught by Serge Chaloff’s mother, who was a well-respected piano teacher in Boston, and worked with him on several occasions. He also accompanied Charlie Parker. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Twardzik

Abdul Wadud
Cello, b. 1947, Cleveland, OH

Sid Weiss
Bass, b.1914, Schenectady, NY

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