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 Düsseldorf conservatory in 1947, graduating in 1957. In his student years, Doldinger gained professional performing experience, starting in 1953 in the German Dixieland band The Feetwarmers, and recording with them in 1955. Later that year he founded Oscar’s Trio, modeled on Oscar Peterson’s work. Doldinger is perhaps best known for his film scores to the acclaimed German U-Boat film “Das Boot” and later “The NeverEnding Story”. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klaus_Doldinger

Truman Eliot (Jack)  Jenny
Trombone, b.1910 d.1945, Mason City, IA – Jenney was a jazz trombonist who might be best known for instrumental versions of the song Stardust. Jenney played with his father’s band from age 11, his father was a musician and music teacher, but his first professional work began with Austin Wylie in 1928. He would go on to work with Isham Jones, Red Norvo, Artie Shaw, and Waring’s Pennsylvanians, and appear in the film Syncopation. He also won the Down Beat Reader’s Poll for trombone in 1940 for more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Jenny

Billy Munn
Piano, b.1911, Glasgow, Scotland

Gary Peacock
Bass, b.1935, Burley, ID – Gary is an American jazz double-bassist. After military service in Germany, in the early sixties he worked on the west coast with Barney Kessell, Bud Shank, Paul Bley and Art Pepper, then moved to New York. He worked there with Bley, the Bill Evans trio (with Paul Motian), and Albert Ayler’s trio with Sunny Murray. There were also some live dates with Miles Davis, as a temporary substitute for Ron Carter. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Peacock

Marshall Royal
Alto Sax, b.1912 d.1995, Sapulpa, OK – Royal was an American clarinettist and alto saxophonist best known for his work with Count Basie, with whose band he played for nearly twenty years. Royal was born in Oklahoma, the elder brother of trumpeter Ernie Royal, and learned to play violin, guitar, as well as clarinet and sax while still a child. He first performed in public at the age of thirteen, starting his professional career with an eight-year stint with Les Hite’s band (1931–1939), during which time he also recorded with Art Tatum. He spent 1940 to 1942 with Lionel Hampton, until the war interrupted his career. After his military service (during which he played in a Navy band), Royal played with Eddie Heywood, then went on to work in studios in Los Angeles, California. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Royal

Trevor Ramsey Tompkins
Drums, b.1941, London, England – Tomkins is a jazz drummer best known for his work in a number of British bands in the 1970s, including Gilgamesh. His recorded several albums with pianist Michael Garrick in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In the 1970s, he worked with Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Henry Lowther’s Quaternity. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Tomkins

Gerald Wiggins
Piano, b.1922, New York, NY – Gerald studied classical music, but switched to jazz in his teens. He began as a professional playing accompaniment to Stepin Fetchit. He has worked with Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter. In the 1940s he moved to Los Angeles where he played music for television and film. He has also worked with singers like Lena Horne, Kay Starr, Nat King Cole, Lou Rawls, Jimmy Witherspoon and Eartha Kitt. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Wiggins

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