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 Escalator Over The Hill (released as a triple LP set), as well as a book of compositions that have been performed by many other artists, including Gary Burton, Jimmy Giuffre, George Russell, Art Farmer and her ex-husband Paul Bley. Bley was born in Oakland, California. Her father, a piano teacher and church choirmaster, encouraged her to sing and to learn to play the piano. After giving up the church to immerse herself in roller skating at the age of fourteen, she moved to New York at seventeen and became a cigarette girl at Birdland, where she met jazz pianist Bley, whom she married in 1957. He encouraged her to start composing. The two later divorced. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Bley

Beryl Audley Bryden
Vocal, b.1926 d.1998, at age 78, Norwich, Norfolk, England – She was a British jazz singer who had played with Chris Barber and Lonnie Donegan. Ella Fitzgerald once said of Beryl Bryden that she was “Britain’s queen of the blues.” In the 80’s she often sang with the New Orleans Syncopators, a Dutch jazz band. In 1988 she recorded an album of Jazz classics with them. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beryl_Bryden

Salvador “Tutti” Camarata
Trumpet, b.1913 d.2005, Glen Ridge, NJ – Tutti was a composer, arranger and trumpeter. Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, he studied music at Juilliard School in New York – a student of Bernard Wagenaar, Joseph Littau, Cesare Sodero, and Jan Meyerwitz. His early career was as a trumpet player for bands such as Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and others, eventually becoming the lead trumpet and arranger for Jimmy Dorsey (arranging such hits as Tangerine, Green Eyes and Yours). He also did arranging for Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and many others. He conducted and orchestrated a recording of Jascha Heifetz, the legendary violinist. During World War II, he served as a flight instructor in the Army Air Forces. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutti_Camarata

John Coppola
Trumpet, b.1929, Geneva, NY

Dick Garcia
Guitar, b.1931, New York, NY

J.C. (Jack) Higginbotham
Trombone, b.1906 d.1973, Social Circle, GA – He was an American jazz trombonist. His playing was robust and swinging. In the 1930s and 1940s he played with some of the premier swing bands, including Luis Russell’s, Benny Carter’s, Red Allen’s, and Fletcher Henderson’s. He also played with Louis Armstrong, who had taken over Russell’s band, from 1937 to 1940. From 1947 on he chiefly led his own groups. He recorded extensively, both as a sideman and as a leader. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.C._Higginbotham

Ralph Humphrey
Drums, b.1944, Berkeley, CA

Julian Joseph
jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and broadcaster, b.1966, London, England – Over the past two decades, Julian has established himself as a premier jazz performer, whether it be solo, in his all-star big band, trio, quartet, forum project band or electric band. Julian’s style combines a respect for the modern developments in jazz piano with its history. He works in both contemporary and traditional situations with his music, establishing himself in the industry as a jazz pioneer in a classical world. He is also active in jazz education, helping to form the jazz syllabus for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Great Britain. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_joseph

Moon Mullens
Trumpet, b.1916-1977, Mayhew, MS

Joe “King” Oliver
Cornet, b.1885 d.1938, New Orleans, LA – He was a bandleader and jazz musician. Joseph “King” Oliver was born in Abend, Louisiana near Donaldsonville, and moved to New Orleans in his youth. Oliver played cornet in the New Orleans brass bands and dance bands and also in the city’s red-light district, Storyville. The band he co-led with trombonist Kid Ory was considered New Orleans’ hottest and best in the 1910s. Oliver achieved great popularity in New Orleans across economic and racial lines, and was in demand for playing jobs from rough working class black dance halls to white society debutante parties. According to an interview at the Tulane’s Hogan Jazz Archive with Oliver’s widow Stella Oliver, in 1919 a fight broke out at a dance where Oliver was playing, and the police arrested Oliver and the band along with the fighters. This made Oliver decide to leave the Jim Crow South. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Oliver

Freddy Roach
Organ, 1931, Bronx, NY –

Oscar Valdambrini,
Trumpet, b.1924, Turin, Italy

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