21 May

John William “Bill” Barber
Tuba, b.1920, Hornell, NY – Barber is often considered the first tubist to play modern jazz. Barber has played with Claude Thornhill, Charlie Ventura, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and Barber was part of the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Barber_%28tubist%29

Tommy Bryant
Bass, b.1930 d.1982, Philadelphia, PA

Joe Byrd
Bass, b.1933, Chuckatuck, VA

Bill Holman
Tenor Sax, b.1927, Olive, CA – Bill is an American songwriter, conductor, composer/arranger, and saxophonist working primarily in the jazz idiom. Born Willis Leonard Holman in Olive, California, near Santa Ana, Holman took up clarinet in junior high school and tenor saxophone in high school. By his late teenage years he was leading his own band. After serving in the United States Navy, where he studied engineering, he decided in the late ’40s that he wanted to write big band music. He studied for a while at the Westlake College of Music in Los Angeles. His teachers included Dave Robertson and Dr. Alfred Sendrey. He also studied composition privately with Russ Garcia and saxophone with Lloyd Reese. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Holman_%28musician%29

Terry Lightfoot
Clarinet, b.1935, Potters Bar, England

Lawrence Marable
Drums, b.1929, Los Angeles, CA

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller
Piano, Vocal, b.1904 d. December 15, 1943, New York, NY – Fats was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer. A skilled pianist and one of the most popular performers of his era, Waller was also a prolific songwriter, with many songs he wrote or co-wrote still known to modern audiences, such as “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “Squeeze Me”. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fats_Waller

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