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] and later dueting with Armstrong), and was perhaps the first notable jazz saxophonist of any sort. Forceful delivery, well-constructed improvisations, and a distinctive wide vibrato characterized Bechet’s playing. However, Bechet’s mercurial temperament hampered his career, and not until the late 1940s did he earn wide acclaim. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Bechet

John Symon Asher “Jack” Bruce
Bass, b.1943, Glasgow, Scotland – Jack is a Scottish-born musician, composer and singer. He is best-known as an electric bassist, harmonicist and pianist, and was most famous as the vocalist and bassist for the 1960s rock band, Cream. He lives in Suffolk, England. Bruce was born in May 1943 in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland to musical parents who moved around a lot, resulting in the young Bruce attending 14 different schools, ending up at Bellahouston Academy. He won a scholarship studying cello and composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; however, he left at the age of 17 claiming he knew more than the teachers. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Bruce

Alec Dankworth
Bass, b.1960, London, England – Alec is an English jazz bassist and composer. Dankworth was born in London, the son of John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. After attending the Bedford School, he studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 1978, and then joined his parents’ quintet. Between 1980 and 1983 he toured the United States, Australia, and Europe with them, going on to work with Tommy Chase, the BBC Radio Big Band, and Clark Tracey, with whom he recorded two albums. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alec_Dankworth

Louis Douglas
Dancer, Vocal, b.1889-1939, New York, NY

Sammy Lowe
Trumpet, b.1918 d.1993, Birmingham, AL

Skip Martin
Tenor Sax, b.1916, Robinson, IL

Al Porcino
Trumpet, b.1925, New York, NY

Arthur James “Zutty” Singleton
Drums, b.1898 d. 14 July 1975, Bunkie, LA – Arthur much better known as Zutty Singleton was a United States jazz drummer. Singleton was born in Bunkie, Louisiana and raised in New Orleans. He was working professionally with Steve Lewis by 1915. He served with the United States Navy in World War I. After returning to New Orleans he worked with such bands as those of Papa Celestin, Big Eye Louis Nelson, John Robichaux, and Fate Marable. He left for St. Louis, Missouri to play in Charlie Creath’s band, then moved to Chicago, Illinois. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zutty_Singleton

Pearlis Williams
Drums, b.1909, Clouester, MS

Stu Williamson
Trumpet, Trombone, b.1933, Brattleboro, VT

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