24 May

Archie Shepp – Jazz Performer, Composer, Teacher, Tenor-sax, Bandleader, Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, Pianist, b.1937, Fort Lauderdale, FL – Shepp is an American jazz saxophonist. Shepp was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 24, 1937, but raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he studied piano, clarinet and alto saxophone before focusing on tenor saxophone (he occasionally plays soprano saxophone). He is best known for his passionately Afrocentric music of the late sixties which focused on highlighting the injustices faced by the African race, as well as for his work with the New York Contemporary Five and his collaborations with his “New Thing” contemporaries, most notably Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_shepp

Bob Dylan – b.1941, HALL OF FAMER, Folk Singer, Folk Guitarist, Harmonicaist, Songwriter, Pianist, Actor, Composer, Christianity convert, b. in Duluth, MN; RN:Robert Allan Zimmerman; of The Traveling Wilburys Otis/Boo, solo; Like A Rolling Stone

Caroll Vanwelden (vocals) – 1971

Charles Earland – Organ, b.1941 d.1999, Philadelphia, PA, Earland was an American jazz composer, organist, and saxophonist. Earland was born in Philadelphia, and learnt to play the saxophone at high school. He played tenor with Jimmy McGriff at the age of seventeen, and in 1960 started his first group. He started playing the organ after playing with Pat Martino, and joined Lou Donaldson’s band from 1968 to 1969. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Earland

Charles Greenlee – 1927

David Defries – Trumpet, b.1952, London, England

Dmitry Baevsky (sax, alto) – 1976

Eric Daniel (reeds) – 1952

Francesco Cafiso (saxophone) – 1989

Frank Signorelli – Piano, Composer, b.1901 d.1975, New York, NY – Signorelli was an US jazz pianist of the 1920s. He was a founder member of the Original Memphis Five in 1917, and subsequently worked with Eddie Lang, Bix Beiderbecke and Paul Whiteman.

Gianni Basso – Clarinet, b.1931, Asti, Italy

Guiducci Simone (guitar) – 1962

Herbert Cowens – 1904

Herbie Fields – Clarinet, b.1919 d.1958, Elizabeth, NJ

John Hyde (bass, acoustic) – 1955

Ken Billeci (guitar) – 1959

Ken Schaphorst (composer/conductor/leader) – 1960

Max Bennett – Bass, b.1928, Des Moines, IA

Michael Walter White – Violin, b.1933, Houston, TX – White is an American jazz violinist. He was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in Oakland, California, taking up the violin when he was nine years old. He first became known in 1965 when he played with the John Handy Quintet at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and recorded three albums with Handy. White was among the first to play the violin in avant-garde jazz, and in the late 1960s became one of the first jazz violinists to play jazz rock fusion (with his band Fourth Way). For more info to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_White_%28violinist%29

Nikki Yeoh – Piano, b.1973, London, England

Patti LaBelle – 1944, Rhythm and Blues Singer, TV Actress, Songwriter, b. in Philadelphia; lead of Patti LaBelle & the Blue BellesRN:Patircia Louise Holte; A Different World’s Mrs. Wayne, Out All Night’s Chelsea Paige; NOT b. Oct 4 1944 though reports keep coming in saying either day is correct.

Retail (piano) – 1984

Ricardo Benitez Alonso (flute) – 1962

Simone Guiducci (guitar, acoustic) – 1962

Stan Barker – Piano, b.1926, Clitheroe, England, Stan was a British jazz pianist. He has taught in a variety of educational institutions, including the Royal Northern College of Music, the Belfast School of Music, Merseyside Arts, South Wales Art Association and the Southport Arts Centre. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Barker

Sylvester Ahola – Trumpet, b.1902, Gloucester, MA

Vardan Ovsepian (piano) – 1975

Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson – 1968

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