February

1 February

James P. Johnson Piano, b.1894 d.1955, New Brunswick, NJ Reuben McFall Trumpet, b.1931, Los Angeles, CA Tyrone Brown Bass, b.1940, Philadelphia, PA Mike Campbell Vocal, b.1954, Los Angeles, CA Victor August Herbert Conductor, Composer, Cellist, Songwriter, b.1859 d.1924, Irish, b. … Continue reading

2 February

Martina Arroyo Opera Soprano, b.1937, born in New York City Andrew Brown Bass Sax, b.1900 d.1960, New York, NY Bill Brunskill Trumpet, b.1920, London, England Jody Christian Piano, b.1932, Chicago, IL Basil “Manenberg” Coetzee Tenor Sax, b.1944 d.1997, Cape Town, … Continue reading

3 February

Chico Alvarez Trumpet, b.1920 d.1992, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Russell Arms Crooner, b.1929, Your Hit Parade Lil Hardin Armstrong Singer, Pianist, Bandleader, b.1898 d.1971, Louis Armstrong’s ex-wife; Memphis, TN Artie Bernstein Bassist, b.1909 d.1964, of Benny Goodman Band Dolly Dawn Vocal, … Continue reading

4 February

Gil Bernal Tenor Sax, b.1931, New Orleans, LA Artie Bernstein Bass, b.1909 d.1964, New York, NY Wally Cirillo Piano, b.1927 d.1977, Huntington, NY Harold “Duke” DeJan Alto Sax, b.1909 d.2002, New Orleans, LA Tony Fruscella Trumpet, b.1927 d.1969, Orangeburg, NY … Continue reading

5 February

Bob Allen Songwriter, Pianist, Arranger, Music Producer, Conductor, b.1927, of Four Lads Chris Biscoe Alto Sax, b.1947, East Barnet, England Roxelle Claxton Piano, b.1913, Memphis, TN Carlton A. Coon Leader, b.1894 d.1932, Rochester, MN Jacqueline Dankworth, Vocal, b.1963, daughter of … Continue reading

6 February

Claudio Arrau Pianist, Composer, b.1903 d.1991, Chilean, Beethoven interpretations; Boston Symphony Orchestra Nelson Boyd Bass, b.1928 d.1985, Camden, NJ George Brunis Trombone, b.1902 d.1974, New Orleans, LA Natalie Cole Jazz, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Pianist, b.1950, born in Los Angeles; … Continue reading

7 February

Mike Abene Jazz Pianist, b.1942 Irving Aaronson Piano, Leader, b.1895, New York, NY Ray Alexander Vibes, b.1925 d.2002, ? Franz Bak Piano, b.1958, Copenhagen, Denmark Carl Barriteau Clarinet, b.1914 d.1998, Trinadad Eubie Blake Jazz Pianist, Composer, Bandleader, b.1883 d.1983, MD; … Continue reading

8 February

Kerrie Biddell Vocal, b.1947, Sydney, Australia Floyd Dixon Singer, Pianist, b.1929 Lajos Dudas Clarinet, b.1941, Budapest, Hungary Lonnie Johnson Blues-Jazz Performer, Singer, Guitarist, Pianist, Violinist, b.1889 d.1970, RN: Alonzo Johnson, New Orleans, LA Gene Lees Lyricist, Writer, b.1928, Hamilton, ONT, … Continue reading

9 February

Alban Maria Johannes Berg Composer, Austrian, b.1885 d.1935, born in Vienna Bruno Carr Drums, b.1928 d.1993, New York, NY Pat Crumly Tenor Sax, b.1942, Oxford, England Joe Dodge Drums, b.1922, Monroe, WI Arthur Edwards Bass, b.1914, Ft. Worth, TX Bill … Continue reading

10 February

Larry Adler Composer, Harmonicaist, Virtuoso, b.1914 d.2001, Baltimore, MD Rhan Burton Piano, b.1934, Louisville, KY Bob Carroll Tenor Sax, b.1905 d.1952, Louisville, KY Rockin Dopsie Sr . Jazz-Fusion Performer, Singer, Bandleader, Accordionist, b.1932 d.1993, RN: Alton Jay Rubin; fused Cajun … Continue reading

11 February

Raoul Bjorkenheim Guitar, b.1956, Los Angeles, CA Bob Carter Bass, b.1922, New Haven, CT Bob Casey Bass, 1909 d.1986, Marion, IL Don D’Arcy Vocal, b.1918 d.1983, Sayre, PA Matt Dennis Singer, Songwriter, Pianist b.1914 d.2002, Seattle, WA Martin Drew Drums, … Continue reading

12 February

Paul Bascomb Tenor Sax, b.1912 d.1986, Birmingham, AL Tex Beneke Singer, Tenor-sax, Bandleader, b.1914 d.2000, FN: Gordon, Fort Worth, TX Jiunie Booth Bass, b.1948, Buffalo, NY Buddy Childers Trumpet, b.1926, St. Louis, MO Red Clark Trombone, b.1894, New Orleans, LA … Continue reading

13 February

Gene Ames Singer, b.1925, RLN: Urick; of The Ames Brothers John Wolf Brennan Piano, b.1954, Dublin, Ireland Feodor I Chaliapin Opera Singer, Bass Singer, Basso, b.1873 d.1938, Russian, MN: Ivanovitch Adam Cruz Drums, b.1970, New York, NY Helen Dance Writer, … Continue reading

14 February

Philippe Baudoin Piano, b.1949, Algiers Jack Benny HALL OF FAMER, Comedian, Violinist, TV, Movie, Radio Actor, b.1894 d.1974, Illinois; Violinist, RN: Benjamin Kubelsky; Jack Benny Show’s himself, born in Waukegan Perry “Mule” Bradford Piano, Composer, b.1893 d.1970, Montgomery, AL Tommy … Continue reading

15 February

Ronnie Aldrich Piano, b.1916 d.1993, Erith, England Harold Arlen Composer, Songwriter, Singer, b.1905 d.1986, RN: Hyman Arluck; Over the Rainbow, Buffalo, NY Gunter Boas Piano, Vocal, b.1920 d.1993, Dessau, Germany Eddie Bonnemere Piano, b.1921 d.1996, New York, NY Bill Bradley … Continue reading

16 February

Patti Andrews Singer, b.1918, of The Andrews Sisters; La Verne & Maxine’s sis, Minneapolis, MN Benny Barth Drums, b.1929, Indianapolis, IN Pete Christlieb Tenor Sax, b.1945, Los Angeles, CA Jeff Clayton Reeds, b.1955, Los Angeles, CA Paul Crawford Trombone, b.1925 … Continue reading

17 February

Marian Anderson Opera Singer, Contralto, b.1896 d.1993 Wallace Bishop Drums, b.1906 d.1986, Chicago, IL Hacke Bjorksten Tenor Sax, b.1934, Helsinki, Finland Bill Blackstad Drums, b.1929, Minneapolis, MN Harvey Brooks Piano, b.1899 d.1968, Philadelphia, PA Chris Burke Clarinet, b.1936, London, England … Continue reading

18 February

Justo Almario Saxophone, b.1949, Sincelejo, Columbia Emil Barnes Clarinet, b.1892 d.1970, New Orleans, LA Roy Burrowes Trumpet, b.1926 d.1998, Kingston, Jamaica Billy Butler Guitar, b.1928, Philadelphia, PA Frank Butler Drums, b.1928 d.1984, Kansas City, MO Randy Crawford Jazz Singer, Soul … Continue reading

19 February

Luigi Boccherini Composer, b.1743 d.1805, Italian, MN: Rodolfo John Bubbles Movie Actor, Tap Dancer, Novelty Singer, Comedian, b.1902 d.1986, RN: John William Sublett; 1st black to appear in The Tonight Show; of Buck and Bubbles, Louisville, KY Saul Chaplin Lyricist, … Continue reading

20 February

David Ackles Singer, Songwriter, b.1937 d.1999 Oscar Aleman Guitar, b.1909 d.1980, Resistencia, Argentina Iain Ballamy Tenor Sax, b.1964, Guildford, England Walter Becker HALL OF FAMER, Jazz Rock & Roll Bassist, Singer, Songwriter, b.1950, of Steely Dan Carl Burnett Drums, b.1941, … Continue reading

21 February

Akira Sakata – Alto Sax, b.1945, Hiroshima, Japan Al Sears – 1910 Andre Segovia – Guitarist, Spanish, b.1893 d.1987, Spanish style Benjamin Koppel (sax, alto) – 1974 Bill Carter (piano) – 1960 Bobby Charles (vocals) – 1938 Brian Finch – … Continue reading

22 February

Napoleon “Snags” Allen Piano, b.1915, Macon, GA Dave Bailey Drums, b.1926, Portsmouth, VA Jean Bonal Guitar, b.1925, Paris, France Ron Bowden Drums, b.1928, London, England Marc Charig Cornet, b.1944, London, England Frederic Francis Chopin Composer, Pianist, Polish; b.1810 d.1849 Roman … Continue reading

23 February

Ewa Bem Vocal, b.1951, Warsaw, Poland Allan Boesak Reverend, Political Activist, Clergyman, South African, b.1945, Anti-apartheid activist Richard Boone Vocal, Trombone, b.1930 d.1999, Little Rock, AR Sterling Bose Cornet, b.1906 d.1958, Florance, AL John Benson Brooks Piano, Composer, b.1917 d.1999, … Continue reading

24 February

Steve Berrios Drums, b.1945, New York, NY Jimmy Bertrand Drums, b.1900 d.1960, Biloxi, MS Eddie Chamblee Tenor Sax, b.1920, Atlanta, GA Vladimir Chekasin Reeds, Keyboard, b.1947, Sverdlovsk, Russia Rudolph Ganz Conductor, Composer, Pianist, Cellist, b.1877 d.1972, Swiss Clyde Hart Pianist, … Continue reading

25 February

Dutch Andrus Trumpet, Drums, b.1910 d.1989, New Orleans, LA Sandy Brown Clarinet, 1929 d.1975, Izatnagar, India Enrico Caruso Opera Singer, Tenor, Italian, b.1873 d.1921, b. and d. in Naples; RFN: Errico Ida Cox Blues Performer, Singer, b.1896 d.1967, Toccoa, GA … Continue reading

26 February

Lennart Aberg Tenor Sax, b.1942, Helsingborg, Sweden Chris Anderson b.1926, Chicago, IL Erykah (nee Erica Wright) Badu Vocal, b.1961, Dallas, TX Harry Choates Fiddler, Singer, Bandleader, d.1922 d.1951 Fats Domino HALL OF FAMER, Jazz Pianist, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Composer, … Continue reading

27 February

Carl Anderson Jazz Singer, Actor, b. 1945 d.2004 Mildred Bailey Blues Singer, Jazz Singer, Bandleader, b.1907 d.1951, RLN: Rinker, Tekoa, WA Joyce Breach Vocal, b.1944, Alameda, CA Rob Brown Alto Sax, b.1962, Hampton, VA Joey Calderazzo Piano, b. 1965, New … Continue reading

28 February

Sven Asmussen Violin, b.1916, worked with Sathima Bea Benjamin and Abdullah Ibrahim, Copenhagen, Denmark Willie Bobo Jazz Musician, Drummer, Bandleader, b.1934 d.1983, New York, NY Lee Castle Trumpeter, Bandleader, b.1915 d.1990, New York, NY Edmund Cohanier Clarinet, b.1905, Talloires, France … Continue reading

29 February

February 29 Leap Year Babies Richie Cole Alto Sax, b.1948, Trenton, NJ Colin Bowden Drums, b.1932, London, England Jimmy Dorsey Bandleader, Alto-sax, Clarinetist, Trumpeter, Cornetist, b.1904 d.1957, Tommy’s brother; Big Band era biggie; Stage Show co-host; his “So Rare” hit … Continue reading

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