25 May

Marshall Allen
Alto Sax, b.1924, Louisville, Kentucky
Marshall Allen is a free jazz alto saxophone player. He also performs on flute, oboe, piccolo, and EVI (an electronic valve instrument made by the Akai company). Allen studied alto saxophone in Paris and played in Europe with Art Simmons and James Moody.

He is best known for his mastery of pyrotechnic effects on the alto – he has said that he “wanted to play on a broader sound basis rather than on chords” (1971 interview with Tam Fiofori cited in[1]). The opportunity came through his long association with Sun Ra, with whom he performed almost exclusively from 1956 to Ra’s death in 1993, although he did record outside the Arkestra, notably with Paul Bley’s group in 1964. Critic Scott Yanow has described Allen’s playing as “Johnny Hodges from another dimension.” For more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Allen

Milt Bernhart
Trombone, b.1926 d.2004, Valpariso, IN
Milt Bernhart (born 1926 in Valparaiso, Indiana; died January 22, 2004 in Glendale, California) was a jazz trombonist who worked with Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra, and others. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milt_Bernhart

Miles Dewey Davis III
Trumpet, b.1926 d.1991, Alton, IL
Davis was one of the most distinguished jazz musicians of the latter half of the 20th century. A trumpeter, bandleader and composer, Davis was at the forefront of almost every major development in jazz from World War II to the 1990s. He played on various early bebop records and recorded one of the first cool jazz records. He was partially responsible for the development of modal jazz, and jazz fusion arose from his work with other musicians in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miles_Davis

Gary Foster
Alto Sax, b.1936, Leavenworth, KS

Jimmy Hamilton
Clarinet, b.1917, Dillon, SC
He was an American jazz clarinettist, tenor saxophonist, arranger, composer, and music educator, best known for his twenty-five years with Duke Ellington. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Hamilton

Christof Lauer
Tenor Sax, b.1953, Melsungen, Germany
is a German jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist born in Melsungen, Germany, perhaps most well known in Europe where he has done projects with various musicians, such as Palle Danielsson, Carla Bley, Volker Kriegel, Michel Portal, Maria Joao, Anthony Cox, Alphonse Mouzon and Peter Erskine. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christof_Lauer

Pepi Lemer
Vocal, b.1944, Ilfracombe, England

Piet Noordijk
Alto Sax, b.1932, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Paul Oliver
Writer, b.1927, Nottingham, England

Buddy Petit
Trumpet, b.1897 d.1931, Whitecastle, LA
Petit was a highly regarded early jazz cornetist. His early life is somewhat mysterious, with dates of his birth given in various sources ranging from 1887 to 1897; if the later date is correct he was evidently a prodigy, regarded as one of the best in New Orleans, Louisiana in his early teens. He was said to have been born in White Castle, Louisiana. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Petit

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson
Dancer, b.1878 d.1949, Richmond, VA
Bojangles was a pioneer and pre-eminent African-American tap dance performer. The song My Bojangles was written for him. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_%22Bojangles%22_Robinson

Wallace Roney
Trumpet, b.1960, Philadelphia, PA
Roney is an African-American trumpet player and jazz musician. He was born in Philadelphia and attended Howard University and Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts after graduating from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts of the D. C. Public Schools, where he studied trumpet with Langston Fitzgerald of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallace_Roney

Pha Terrell
Vocal, b.1910 d.1945, Kansas City, MO

Lloyd Trotman
Bass, b.1923, Boston, MA

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