May

1 May

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) – 1982 Antonio Valdetaro (guitar) – 1962 Big Maybelle – b.1924=d.Jan 23, 1972 (was 47) Soul Singer, Blues Singer, RN:Mabel Louise Smith Billy Byers – Arranger, Trombonist, b.1927, d.1996 Los Angeles, CA, a veteran of the Buddy … Continue reading

2 May

Alessandro Scarlatti – b.1660,d.Oct 24, 1725 (was 65) was an Italian Baroque composer especially famous for his operas and chamber cantatas. He is considered the founder of the Neapolitan school of opera. He was the father of two other composers, … Continue reading

3 May

Alexander Hawkins (piano) – 1981 Andrea Brachfeld (flute) Betty Comden – b.1919, d.Nov 23, 2006 (was 87) Lyricist, Dramatist/Playwright, Songwriter, Actress, b. in New York City; RLN:Cohen; Broadway librettist Bob Havens – Trombone, b.1930, Quincy, IL Bob Leatherbarrow – 1955 … Continue reading

4 May

Danny Brubeck Drummer and percussionist, b.1955, Oakland, CA – Dan has toured the international music circuit for over two decades as the leader of his own group, The Dolphins, and as a featured soloist with many of the world’s top … Continue reading

5 May

Monique Aldebert Vocal, b.1931, Monaco Paul Barbarin Drums, b.1901 d.1969, New Orleans, LA Frank Carlson Drums, b.1914, New York, NY Cal Collins Guitar, b.1933 d.2001, Medora, IN Stanley Cowell Piano, b.1941, Toledo, OH and is an American jazz pianist and … Continue reading

6 May

Vic Berton Drums, b.1896 d.1951, Chicago, IL Paul Dunmall Tenor Sax, b.1953, Barnhurst, England Paul Dunmall (born in Welling) is a British jazz saxophonist who plays tenor saxophone and soprano saxophone. He played sax on the album Industry and is … Continue reading

7 May

Leon Abbey Violin, b.1900 d.1975, Minneapolis, MN – Leon was an American jazz violinist and bandleader. In the 1920s his eleven-piece band, known successively as the Charleston Bearcats, the Savoy Bearcats, and Leon Abbey’s Band, was considered one of the … Continue reading

8 May

Alf Wilhelm Lundberg (guitar) – 1979 Dave Dickey (trombone) Dave Hampton (drums) – 1949 Ernest Loring “Red” Nichols  – Cornet, b.1905 d.1965, Ogden, UT – Red was a United States jazz cornettist. Nichols was born in Ogden, Utah, the son … Continue reading

9 May

A.C. Reed (sax, tenor) – 1926 Andrew Nevala (piano) – 1972 Anthony Wilson – b.1968 (is 42 in 2010, 43 in 2011) Jazz Musician, Guitarist, Composer Asle L Roe (guitar) – 1970 Bob Margolin – b.1949 (is 61 in 2010, … Continue reading

10 May

Ahmed Abdullah  – Trumpet, b.1947, New York, NY – Ahmed is a jazz trumpeter. He began playing music when he was 13. He started to get notice during the 1970s, performing in New York’s loft scene. He joined the Sun … Continue reading

11 May

Carla Bley nee Borg Composer, b.1938, Oakland, CA – Carla is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and band leader. An important figure in the Free Jazz movement of the 1960s, she is perhaps best known for her jazz opera … Continue reading

12 May

Don DeMichael Writer, Drums, b.1928 d.1982, Louisville, KY Klaus Doldinger Tenor Sax, b.1936, Berlin, Germany – Klaus is a German saxophonist, especially well-known for jazz and as a composer of film music. He was born in Berlin, and entered a … Continue reading

13 May

Bert Dahlander Drums, b.1928, Goteborg, Sweden Jim Douglas Guitar, b.1942, Gifford, Scotland John Engels Drums, b.1935, Groningen, Netherlands Gil Evans Arranger, Piano, b.1912 d.1988, Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Gil was a jazz musician and an important innovator of big band … Continue reading

14 May

Sidney Bechet Clarinet, Soprano Sax, b.1897 d.1959, New Orleans, LA – Sidney was a jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz (beating trumpter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months[1] … Continue reading

15 May

Aaron Liddard (sax, alto) – 1873 Andreas Luescher (drums) – 1953 Anna-Maria Alberghetti – b.1936 (is 74 in 2010, 75 in 2011) Opera Singer, Movie/Stage Actress, Italian, b. in Pesaro Barry Brake (piano) – 1967 Benito Gonzalez (piano) – 1975 … Continue reading

16 May

Anastasia Glazkova (vocals) – 1974 Betty Carter – Vocal, b.1930 d.September 26, 1998 Flint, MI RN:Lillie Mae Jones, Betty was an American jazz singer who was renowned for her improvisational technique and idiosyncratic vocal style. Carter expanded the role of … Continue reading

17 May

Angela Bingham (vocals) Betty Joplin (vocals) Bill Bruford – Drums, b.1949, (is 61 in 2010, 62 in 2011) Sevenoaks, Kent, England – Rock & Roll Drummer, Composer, English, of Yes, King Crimson, Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-Howe, William Scott Bruford better known as Bill … Continue reading

18 May

25th Street Band (guitar, electric) – 1961 Anna Elizabeth Kendrick (vocals) Big Joe Turner (vocals) – 1911 Chappy Washington (piano) – 1965 Christian Tamburr (vibes) – 1980 Daniel Martina (guitar) – 1956 David Bixler (saxophone) – 1964 Dick McPartland – … Continue reading

19 May

Georgie Auld Tenor Sax, b.1919 Toronto, Ontario, Canada d.1990 Palm Springs, California – Georgie was a jazz tenor saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader. Auld lived in the United States from the late 1920s onward. In the mid-1940s he had a popular … Continue reading

20 May

Jimmy Blythe Piano, b.1901 d.1931, Louisville, KY Rod Cless Clarinet, b.1907 d.1944, Lenox, IA Charles Davis Baritone Sax, b.1933, Goodman, MI Bob Florence Piano, b.1932, Los Angeles, CA – Florence is a jazz arranger and pianist born in Los Angeles … Continue reading

21 May

John William “Bill” Barber Tuba, b.1920, Hornell, NY – Barber is often considered the first tubist to play modern jazz. Barber has played with Claude Thornhill, Charlie Ventura, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and Barber was part of the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. … Continue reading

22 May

Alison Eastwood – b.1972 (is 38 in 2010, 39 in 2011), jazz singer Actress, Maggie & Clint’s daughter Barry Rogers (trombone) – 1935 Brad Reason (drum programming) – 1979 Calvin Eugene Simon – b.May 22, 1942 in Beckley, West Virginia, … Continue reading

23 May

Arthur Gunter – 1926 Artie Shaw – Clarinet, b.1910 d.2004, New York, New York. Shaw is considered to be one of the best jazz musicians of his time jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader; he is also the author of both fiction … Continue reading

24 May

Archie Shepp – Jazz Performer, Composer, Teacher, Tenor-sax, Bandleader, Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, Pianist, b.1937, Fort Lauderdale, FL – Shepp is an American jazz saxophonist. Shepp was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 24, 1937, but raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where … Continue reading

25 May

Marshall Allen Alto Sax, b.1924, Louisville, Kentucky Marshall Allen is a free jazz alto saxophone player. He also performs on flute, oboe, piccolo, and EVI (an electronic valve instrument made by the Akai company). Allen studied alto saxophone in Paris … Continue reading

26 May

Vernon Alley Bass, b.1915 d.2004, Winnemucca, NV Neil Richard Ardley Composer, b.1937 d.2004, Wallington, England Ardley was a prominent English jazz pianist and composer, who also made a name as the author of more than 100 popular books on science … Continue reading

27 May

Dee Dee Bridgewater Vocal, b.1950, Memphis, TN She is an American Jazz singer. She is a two-time Grammy Award Winner, Tony Award Winner and Host of NPR’s Syndicated Radio show “JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater”. She is a United Nations … Continue reading

28 May

Dave Barbour Guitar, b.1912 d.1965, Flushing, NY Papa John Creach Violin, Vocal, b.1917, Beaver Falls, PA John Henry Creach was the fiddler for Jefferson Airplane (1970-1975), Jefferson Starship, Jefferson Starship—the Next Generation, the San Francisco All-Stars (1979-1984), The Dinosaurs (1982-1989), … Continue reading

29 May

Adam Brock (vocals) – 1984 Allana Southerland (saxophone) – 1982 Caspar van Wijk (sax, tenor) – 1988 Dan Stern (sax, tenor) – 1973 David “Bubba” Brooks – Saxophone, b.1922 d.2002, Fayetteville, NC Dick Hafer – 1927 Dick Stabile – 1909 … Continue reading

30 May

Ann Hampton Callaway Jazz Singer, Songwriter, b.1959 Armando Peraza – Percussion, b.1924, Havana, Cuba Ben Bernie – 1891 Benny Goodman – Clarinet, b.1909 d.1986, Chicago, IL Benny Goodman Centennial Orchestra (band/ensemble/orchestra) – 1971 Bill Carbone (drums) – 1977 Bob Semp … Continue reading

31 May

Alan Clare – Piano, b.1921 d.1993, London, England Albert “Tootie” Heath – Drums, b.1935, Philadelphia, PA, he is an American jazz hard bop drummer, the brother of tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and double-bassist Percy Heath. He first recorded in 1957 … Continue reading

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