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, Domenico Scarlatti and Pietro Filippo Scarlatti. Scarlatti was born in Palermo, then part of the Kingdom of Sicily. He is generally said to have been a pupil of Giacomo Carissimi in Rome, and some theorize that he had some connection with northern Italy because his early works seem to show the influence of Stradella and Legrenzi.
Avery Young (band/ensemble/orchestra)
Chris Weller (saxophone) – 1988
Chuck Anderson (saxophone) – 1961
Curtis Andrews (drums) – 1977
Eddie Louiss (Louise) – Piano, b.1941, Paris, France
Eftos DE (keyboards) – 1970
Frank Lowe – b.1943, d.Sep 19, 2003 (was 60) Reeds, Composer, Tenor-sax He was an American avant-garde jazz saxophonist and composer. Frank Lowe was a tenor saxophonist who was extremely influenced by the first and second waves of free jazz throughout the 1960s. On September 19, 2003, Frank Lowe died of lung cancer. His legacy was a variegated body of recordings and memorable performances.
Gerald Beckett (flute)
Henry Hall – 1898
Jared Ribble (drums) – 1979
John Frederick Coots – b.1897, d.April 8, 1985 he was an American songwriter and wrote over 700 songs. He is most famous for the song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, a song that became one of the biggest best sellers in American music history. Among his songs are: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town; You Go To My Head; Louisiana Fairy Tale; For All We Know and I Still Get a Thrill (Thinking of You) He wrote the first three songs with the lyricist Haven Gillespie. “Louisiana Fairy Tale” was also written with Mitchell Parish and was the first theme song for the PBS production of This Old House. “For All We Know” was written with lyricist Sam M. Lewis. In 1934 when Gillespie brought him the lyrics to “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”, Coots came up with the skeleton of the music in just ten minutes. Later when Coots brought the song to his publisher, Leo Feist Inc., they liked it but thought it was a kids’ song and did not expect too much from it. Coots offered the song to Eddie Cantor who used it on his radio show that November and it became an instant hit. The morning after the radio show there were orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music, and, by Christmas, sales had passed 400,000.
Karen Lyu (vocals) – 1971
Keith Ganz (guitar) – 1972
Lorenz “Larry” Hart – b.1895, d.November 22, 1943 was the lyricist half of the famed Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart. Some of his more famous lyrics include, “Blue Moon”, “Isn’t It Romantic?”, “Mountain Greenery”, “The Lady Is a Tramp”, “Manhattan”, “Where or When”, “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”, “Falling in Love with Love”, “I’ll Tell The Man In The Street” and “My Funny Valentine”. Hart was born in Harlem to Jewish immigrant parents. He attended Columbia University, where a friend introduced him to Richard Rodgers, and the two joined forces to write songs for a series of amateur and student productions. In 1919, the team’s song “Any Old Place With You” was included in the Broadway musical comedy A Lonely Romeo. The great success of their score for the 1925 Theatre Guild production, The Garrick Gaieties, brought them great acclaim. They continued working together until Hart’s death in 1943, along the way producing scores for a series of hit shows and making a substantial contribution to the Great American Songbook. Hart also translated plays for the Shubert brothers while continuing to collaborate with Rodgers (who later collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein). As a lyricist, Hart was an advocate of internal rhyme and multisyllabic rhyming, and his lyrics have often been praised for their wit and technical sophistication. He struggled with alcoholism, which contributed to his death. Hart also suffered great emotional turmoil towards the end of his life. His personal problems, including his struggle with being homosexual, were often the cause of friction between him and Rodgers; in fact this led to a brief breakup in 1943, at which time Rodgers started working with Oscar Hammerstein II, a school friend of Hart. Hart’s life was heavily sanitized and romanticized for the 1948 MGM biopic Words and Music. Rodgers and Hart teamed a final time in the fall of 1943 for a revival of A Connecticut Yankee. Five days after this show opened, Hart died in New York City of pneumonia from exposure. He is believed to have died alone. He is buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in Queens County, New York.
Matso Limtiaco (arranger) – 1963
Meco, real name Domenico Monardo, composer/conductor/leader, born 29 November 1939) is an American record producer and musician, as well as the name of a band or production team based around him. Meco is best known for his 1977 disco (Space Disco) version of the Star Wars theme from his album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk; both the single and album were certified platinum in the U.S. Meco Monardo was born in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania to parents of Italian descent, and building model ships, science fiction and movies were some of his boyhood preoccupations. His father played the valve trombone in a small Italian band, and through him Meco got his first musical education. Meco wanted to play the drums, but his father convinced him that the trombone was the right instrument, and at nine that was the instrument which he was to stay with, however, for Meco the slide trombone was his choice, troublesome as it was for the small statured boy to extend the slide fully at first.
Michael Fibonaci (keyboards) – 1950
Mickey Bass – Bass, b.1943, Pittsburg, PA
Newell “Spiegle” Wilcox – Trombone, b.1903 d. 1999, Sherburne, NY. He was
a jazz trombonist. He played into his late ninties. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newell_%22Spiegle%22_Wilcox
Ovaciir (piano) – 1964
Pat Smythe – Piano, b.1923 d. 1983, Edinburgh, Scotland
Randy Raine-Reusch (multi-instrumentalist) – 1952
Richard “Groove” Holmes – Organ, b.1931 d. 1991, Camden, NJ. He was an American jazz organist who performed in the soul jazz genre. He is best known for his 1965 recording of “Misty,” and is considered a precursor of acid jazz. Holmes burst onto the music scene in the mid 1960s, an African-American, literally, a heavy weight, approximately 300 pounds, physically rotund in stature, he gained immediate respect with an inimitable style of his own. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_%22Groove%22_Holmes
Teddy Stauffer – Saxophone, b.1909, Morat am Murtensee, Switzerland
Torbjorn Hultcrantz – 1937