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 Ra Arkestra in 1976. Since then he has played with Chico Freeman, Charles Brackeen, Steve Reid, John Hicks and Marion Brown; led his own Solomonic Quintet; and recorded for Silkheart and Cadence Jazz.

Al Hendrickson – Guitar, b.1920, Eastland, TX

Alex Foster – Reeds, b.1953, Oakland, CA

Amanda King (vocals) – 1973

Barb Jungr (vocals) – 1955

Bill Coday – 1942

Billy Sokol (bass, electric) – 1961

Charlie Porter (trumpet) – 1978

Claude Deppa – Trumpet, b.1958, Cape Town, South Africa – Claude is at the forefront of the African jazz music scene is South African born trumpeter and composer Claude Deppa. He can turn his hand to Afro-jazz, soul, funk, Afro-Cuban and even chamber music as well as many sub-genres. Claude has worked with many bands and been on stage with top stars like Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibango, Tony Allen and Andy Sheppard in Britain (where he is presently based), Europe and also more widely internationally. He has a very hectic schedule, for example in the midst of the Grand Union Orchestra’s 2002 tour (see below) he was off to Bratislava! Claude has also developed his own three special projects and these are African Jazz Explosion, Horns Unlimited and Five Funky Fellas. Each of these bands are often on stage at top venues including London’s South Bank. For more information go to http://www.africanmusiciansprofiles.com/claudedeppa.htm or http://www.jazzhearts.com/Musicians.htm

Coupe Cloue (composer/conductor/leader) – 1925

Dave Mason (guitar) – 1944

Dennis Jeter (vocals) – 1969

Duke Heitger – 1968

Fred Astaire – Dancer, Vocalist, b.1899 d.1987, Omaha, NE – Fred was born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska, was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of seventy-six years, during which he made thirty-one musical films. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made ten films that revolutionized the genre. Balanchine and Nureyev rated him the greatest dancer of the twentieth century, and he is generally acknowledged to have been the most influential dancer in the history of filmed and televised musicals. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Astaire

George Golla – Guitar, b.1935, Chorzow, Poland – George is an Australian jazz guitarist. Born in Chorzow, Poland he emigrated to Australia in the 1950’s and began working in Sydney from 1957. In 1959 he commenced a long-term working musical partnership with clarinettist / flautist / saxophonist Don Burrows that continued for almost forty years. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Golla

Greg Piccolo – 1951

Hans Reichel – Guitar, b.1949, Hagen, Germany – Hans is a German improvisational guitarist, luthier, inventor, and typographer. Reichel was born in Hagen, Germany. He began to teach himself violin at age 7, playing in the school orchestra until age 15. Around age 15, he began to play guitar and became interested in rock music, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and later, Frank Zappa, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. Reichel played in various groups before giving up music for a time while studying graphic design and working as a typesetter. He eventually came back to music in the early 1970’s, when he recorded a tape of guitar music. This recording was sent to the jury of the German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt, where he was asked to appear in a special concert for newcomers. Discussions with Jost Gebers, the founder of Free Music Production (FMP), led to release of Reichel’s music on the label, his first release being Wichlinghauser Blues in 1973. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Reichel

Jan Shapiro (vocals) – 1959

Jasper Hoiby (bass, acoustic) – 1977

Jim Cavender (guitar) – 1962

Jimmy MacBride (drums) – 1991

Jimmy Ponder – Jazz Performer, Guitarist b.1946 (is 64 in 2010, 65 in
2011), Pittsburgh, PA

Joe (Befumo) Holiday – Saxophone, b.1925, Sicily

Julius Wechter – Vibes, b.1935 d.1999, Chicago, IL – Julius was an American musician and composer who played the marimba. He’d composed the song Spanish Flea for Herb Alpert and was leader of the Baja Marimba Band. Born in Chicago, Wechter played vibes and percussion for the Martin Denny group in the 1950s. In the early 1960s, he moved on to movie soundtracks and television, as well as session work for the likes of the Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher and various Phil Spector productions. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Wechter

Kevin Quail (trombone) – 1955

Larry Williams – 1935

Laurent Fourgo (vocals)

Lee Brilleaux – Singer, English, South African, b.1952=d.Apr 7, 1994 (was 41) born in Durban; founder of the rhythm and blues band Dr. Feelgood

Lorne Lofsky – Guitar, 1954, Toronto, ONT Canada

Luke Lee (guitar)

Marcus Rabb (trumpet) – 1971

Mel Lewis – Drums, b.1929 d.1990, Buffalo, NY – Mel was a drummer, jazz musician and band leader. He was born in Buffalo, New York to Russian immigrant parents. His birth name was Melvin Sokoloff. He started playing professionally as a teen, eventually joining Stan Kenton in 1954. His musical career brought him to Los Angeles in 1957 and New York in 1963. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Lewis

Mike Kaplan (arranger) – 1957

Mike Melvoin – Piano, Organ, b.1937, Oskosh, WI

Mikhail Bukhrov (bass, electric) – 1977

Pepe Vazquez (drums) – 1953

Phil Harper – Trumpet, b.1965, Baltimore, MD

Ted Bogan – 1910

Tom Smith (trombone) – 1957

Venissa Santi (vocals) – 1978

Vernon Neilly (guitar) – 1965

Walter Gerhardt “Pee Wee” Hunt – Singer, Trombonist, Bandleader, b.1907 d.1979, Mount Healthy, OH – Pee Wee was a jazz trombonist, vocalist and band leader. Healthy, Ohio, Pee Wee developed an early musical interest since his mother played the banjo and his father played violin. The teenage Hunt was a banjoist with a local band while he was attending college at Ohio State, and during his college years he switched from banjo to trombone. He joined Jean Goldkette’s Orchestra in 1928. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee_Wee_Hunt

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