9 March

Victor Ash
Clarinet, b.1930, London, England

Samuel Barber
Composer, b. 1910, West Chester, Pennsylvania d. 23rd Jan 1981, New York, an American composer of classical music ranging from orchestral, to opera, choral, and piano music.

Thomas Chapin
Alto Sax, multi-instrumentalist, Composer, b.1957 d.1998, Manchester, CT, Most of his recordings as a leader featured his trio with drummer Michael Sarin and bassist Mario Pavone, occasionally joined by guests. Chapin studied with Jackie McLean and Paul Jeffrey. He played with Lionel Hampton. Chapin died of leukemia three weeks before his 41st birthday. He last played two weeks before his death, at a benefit concert.

Bernhard Christensen
Composer, b.1906, Copenhagen, Denmark

Ornette Coleman
Saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer, b.1930, Fort Worth, Texas,. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1950s and 1960s, his timbre is easily recognized: his keening, crying sound draws heavily on blues music. His album Sound Grammar received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for music.

Mayuto Correa
Percussion, b.1943, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Joe Daniels
Drummer and bandleader, Leader, b.1908 d.1993, Zeerust, South Africa, African swing music and probably better known for his work with Max Goldberg in the 20s and later working with Harry Roy.

Herschel Evans
Tenor Sax, b.1909 d.1939, Denton, TX, He was a tenor saxophonist who worked in the Count Basie Orchestra. He had also worked with Lionel Hampton and Buck Clayton. He is also known for starting his cousin Joe McQueen’s interest in saxophone.
He died before he turned thirty from a heart ailment.

Fred Hess
Tenor Sax, b.1944, Abington, PA

Zakir Hussain
Tabla, b.1951, Bombay, India, Ustad Zakir Hussain is a prodigious percussionist. He is the son of Ustad Alla Rakha, himself the leading tabla artist of his time. He has also won awards and recognitions for his contribution to the world of music. He has worked with many western and Indian artists, and has produced many works for fusion, perhaps most notably with The Beatles. In 1971 he recorded with an American psychedelic band called Shanti. He has also worked with John McLaughlin in Shakti in 1975, with L. Shankar in the Diga Rhythm Band, and with Mickey Hart on his Rolling Thunder album (on which he and his father played a tabla duet).

Fumio Karashima
Piano, b.1948, Oita, Japan

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
Composer, Russian, b. 1839 d. 16 March 1881, “Boris Gudunov”, “Night on Bald Mountain”; other style says b. Mar 21, 1839 N.S.; some say d. Mar 28, 1881 N.S. (was 42)

Paul Sealey
Guitar, Banjo, b.1943, Watford, England

Dorothy Jacqueline Keely Smith
Vocal, b.1928, Norfolk, VA, of part Cherokee and Irish descent) is an American jazz and popular music singer who enjoyed great popularity in the 1950s and 1960s. Her collaborations with Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra were highly rated. Smith was much admired for her singing style, and for her duets with Louis Prima. In recent years, Smith resumed her career to critical acclaim.

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