22 January

Alan Silva – Bass, b.1939, Bermuda

Alex Nguyen (trumpet) – 1985

Andre Hodier – Critic, b.1921, Paris, France

Andrea Marcelli 1 (drums) – 1962

Ba Freyre – As Claras – deleted 2010-06-17 (guitar, acoustic) – 1958

Big Ed Lewis – Trumpet, 1909-1985, Eagle City, OK

Billy Newman (guitar)

Charlie Short – 1921

David Evans (sax, tenor) – 1944

Doug Quattlebaum – 1927

Eberhard Weber – Bass, Leader, Composer, b.1940, Stuttgart, Germany. He began recording in the early 1960s, and released his first record under his own name in 1973. In addition to his career as a musician, he also worked for many years as a television and theater director. He has designed an electric-acoustic bass featuring an extra C-string. His music, often in a melancholic tone, follows simple ground patterns (frequently ostinatos), yet is highly organized in its colouring and attention to dramatic detail. Weber was a notable early proponent of the solid-body electric double bass, which he has played regularly since the beginning of the 1970s. From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, his closest musical association was with pianist Wolfgang Dauner. Their many mutual projects were very diverse, from mainstream jazz to jazz-rock fusion to avant-garde sound experiments. During this period he also played and recorded with (among many others) pianists Hampton Hawes and Mal Waldron, guitarists Baden Powell and Joe Pass, and violinist Stephane Grappelli. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eberhard_Weber

Ed Lewis – 1909

Eva Taylor – Vocal, b.1895 d.1977, St. Louis, MO She was an African American blues singer and stage actress. Born Irene Joy Gibbons in St. Louis, Missouri, she began singing as a child and toured extensively with the “Josephine Gassman and Her Pickaninnies” vaudeville act. As a young woman, she continued her career in music and eventually met the multi-talented writer and composer Clarence Williams. They married in 1921, and after her husband was hired by Okeh Records, they settled in New York City where she recorded a number of records alone and together with her husband throughout the 1920s and ’30s. Although she adopted the stage name of Eva Taylor, she also worked under her birth name as “Irene Gibbons and her Jazz Band.” She was part of the “Charleston Chasers,” the name given to a few all-star studio ensembles who recorded between 1925 and 1931. In 1927, Eva Taylor appeared on Broadway in “Bottomland,” a musical written and produced by her husband. She retired from the music business in the early 1940s but returned to performing in the late 1960s and early 1970s with tours throughout Europe. Eva Taylor died of cancer in 1977 in West Hempstead, New York and was interred next to her husband in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. Their grandson is Clarence Williams III. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Taylor

Frank Selden – Alto Saxophone, b.1945, Los Angeles, CA

Fred Laurence Selden – 1945

Hammie Nixon – 1908

Harry Parry – 1912

Irving “Mouse” Randolph – Trumpet, b.1909 b.1997, St. Louis, MO

J.J. James Louis Johnson – Trombonist, Composer, Jazz Musician, Arranger, b.1924 d.2001, Count Basie member, Indianapolis, IN. An American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger. Johnson was in the first order of modern jazz musicians, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and Oscar Pettiford. He recorded a number of popular albums with fellow trombonist Kai Winding, as well as many solo albums, and was a sideman on many classic jazz recordings. Several of his compositions, including “Wee Dot,” “Lament,” and “Enigma” are considered jazz standards. He was part of the Third Stream movement in jazz music in the late 1950s and early 1960s and wrote a number of large-scale works which incorporated elements of both classical and jazz music. In his early twenties he developed a remarkable, flawless technique and was the first trombonist to rise to the challenge of bebop music, remaining unchallenged at the forefront of modern jazz throughout his career. In 1970 he ceased performing in public for most of 17 years, before a comeback in the late 1980s. From the mid fifties on, he was a perennial polling favorite in jazz circles, even winning Down Beat’s “Trombonist of the Year” during years he wasn’t active. Voted into Down Beat’s Hall of Fame in 1995, J.J. Johnson’s recording career spanned 54 years, from 1942 to 1996. He has long been regarded as the greatest trombonist of the Post-Swing Era, a pervasive influence on other jazz musicians, and one of jazz’s legendary figures. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.J_Johnson

Jean-Louis Viale – Drums, b.1933 d.1984, Neuilly-Sur-Seine, France

Jim Denley – Flute, b.1957, Bulli, Australia

Joe DeCara (guitar) – 1954

Juan Tizol – Trombonist, Puerto Rican, Composer, b.1900 d.1984, of Duke Ellington band, San Juan, PR – He was a Puerto Rican trombonist and composer. Tizol was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to the mainland United States in 1920. He worked with Duke Ellington from 1929 to 1944 and it was during this period that he composed Caravan and “Perdido”. After that he worked with the Harry James orchestra in California which allowed him to see his wife more often. In 1957 he was a guest on The Nat King Cole Show. He died in Inglewood, California on April 23, 1984.

Karen Ehrhardt (vocals) – 1963

Laurent Medelgi (guitar) – 1973

Lizz Wright (vocals) – 1980
Maarten Altena – Bass, b.1943, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Melle Weersma – Bandleader, Arranger, b.1908, Harlingen, Netherlands

Michael Urbaniak – Violin, b.1943, Warsaw, Poland

Milo Fine – Percussion, b.1952, Minneapolis, MN

Mitch Kessler (saxophone) – 1960

Mitchell S. Kessler (saxophone) – 1960

Pete Minger – Flugelhorn, b.1943 d.2000, Orangeburg, SC

Philip Johnston – 1955

Pud Brown – Reeds, b.1917 d.1996, Wilmington, DE

Rick Combs (vocals) – 1955

Rob Hall (reeds) – 1969

Sam Cooke: 1935=d.Dec 11, 1964 (was 29). HALL OF FAMER, Soul Singer, Gospel Singer, Songwriter, b. in Clarksdale, MS; RFN:Samuel; The Soul Stirrers lead, soloist; You Send Me; some say d. Dec 10″

Teddy McRae – Tenor Saxophone, b.1908 d.1999, Philadelphia, PA

Teddy Smith – Bass, b.1932, Washington, DC

Tony Campise – Flute, Alto Sax, b.1943, Houston, TX

William Warfield – Singer, Movie Actor, b.1920 d.2002, had been Professor of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston IL since 1994. He toured in 1998 singing his signature song “Old Man River” from Showboat and narrating “A Lincoln portrait” by Aaron Copland. “River” was parodied by Stan Freberg as he and someone playing the censor made fun of it by correcting the grammar of the lyrics in “Elderly Man River”

Yamasaki (programming) – 1976

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