Piano, Leader, b.1920 d.1998, Durham, NC
Bass, b.1945 d.1969, Chicago, IL
Trumpet, composer, arranger b.1919 d.1996, Washington, DC, the son of famous composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington. By the age of eighteen he had written his first piece to be recorded by his father (“Pigeons and Peppers”). In 1939, 1946-1949, and 1959 he led his own bands, many of whose members went on to play with his father, or to achieve independent fame (notably Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Idrees Sulieman, Chico Hamilton, Charles Mingus, and Carmen McRae). During the 1940s in particular he wrote pieces that became standards, including “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be”, “Jumpin’ Punkins”, “Moon Mist”, and “Blue Serge”.
Drums, b.1931, Tolworth, England
Bass, Tuba, arranger, b.1952, New York, NY, leader of the New York-based Nighthawks Orchestra. Giordano specializes in the jazz styles of the 1920s and early 1930s. Giordano and the Nighthawks have contributed to a number of films and he is especially noted for orchestrations featured in the movies of Woody Allen. Giordano plays many instruments himself.
Violin, Leader, composer, b.1932, Chicago, IL, Jenkins was involved in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) while a public school teacher in Chicago. He co-founded the Creative Construction Company with Anthony Braxton and others. He led the Revolutionary Ensemble and formed a trio with Anthony Davis and Andrew Cyrille.
Drums, b.1914 d.1976, London, England
Robert “Bobby” McFerrin Jr
Vocal, a cappella vocal performer, conductor, leader, b.1950, Madeley, United Kingdom, is a jazz-influenced. Born in the UK but raised in New York, he is the son of well-known operatic baritone Robert McFerrin. His song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was a #1 U.S. pop hit in 1988 and won the Grammy for Best Song of the Year. McFerrin has also worked in collaboration with instrumental performers including pianists Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He is known for possessing a large vocal range of four octaves and for his ability to use his voice to create sound effects and in vocal percussion, like his recreation of a bass and drums simultaneously, which he achieves by singing while tapping on his chest.
Trombone, b.1915, New Orleans, LA
Drums, b.1922, New York, NY
Tenor Sax, b.1926 d.2001, Kansas City, MO
Trombone, band leader, b.1898 d.1961, Roosevelt, NY, He became one of the most virtuosic of early jazz trombonists, and perhaps did more to expand the role of the trombone beyond the early New Orleans “tailgate” style than any other musician before Jack Teagarden. He recorded prolifically in New York City in the 1920s often in the company of trumpeter Red Nichols. He played with the bands of Nichols, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Paul Whiteman, the Original Memphis Five, the radio orchestras of WOR and NBC, and led his own group, often called “Miff Mole and his Little Molers”, in addition to playing and recording with numerous pick-up groups. He continued ino the 1930s, but nowhere as prolifically. Miff Mole died – broke – in New York City in 1961. A benefit gig to raise money for him took place just too late. He was buried in a pauper’s grave.
Drums, b.1902 d.1980, Niagara Falls, NY
Drums, b.1897 d.1973, New Orleans, LA