26 May

Vernon Alley
Bass, b.1915 d.2004, Winnemucca, NV

Neil Richard Ardley
Composer, b.1937 d.2004, Wallington, England
Ardley was a prominent English jazz pianist and composer, who also made a name as the author of more than 100 popular books on science and technology, and on music. Foe more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Ardley

Harold Shorty Baker
Trumpet, b.1914 d.1966, St. Louis, MO
Baker was a jazz trumpeter. He started on drums, but switched to trumpet in his teens. He began on riverboats and played with Don Redman in the mid-1930s. He also worked with Teddy Wilson and Andy Kirk before his more noted association with Duke Ellington. He would marry Kirk’s pianist Mary Lou Williams. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shorty_Baker

Gene DiNovi
Piano, b.1928, Brooklyn, NY

Ziggy Elman
Trumpet, b.1914 d.1968, Philadelphia, PA
Harry Aaron Finkelman, better known by the stage name Ziggy Elman, was an American jazz trumpeter most associated with Benny Goodman. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but his family settled in Atlantic City when he was age four. His father was a klezmer violinist who hoped he would play violin as well, but he abandoned this instrument at an early point. Harry began playing for Jewish weddings and nightclubs at age 15. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggy_Elman

Calvin Jackson
Piano, b.1919 d.1985, Philadelphia, PA

Peggy Lee
Vocal, b.1920 d.2002, Jamestown, North Dakota
She was an American Jazz and Traditional Pop singer and songwriter and Oscar-nominated performer. She was born Norma Deloris Egstrom and was famous for her “soft and cool” singing style, which she is thought to have developed in response to noisy nightclub audiences. Though she recorded dozens of hit songs (many written or cowritten by herself), Miss Lee might be best known for her interpretation of the Davenport/Cooley composition “Fever” and the song written by her and Dave Barbour, “It’s a Good Day”. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Lee

Ady Rosner
Trumpet, Leader, b.1910 d.1976, Berlin, Germany

Mamie Smith
Vocal, b.1883 d.1943, Cincinnati, OH
She was a vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist and actress, and appeared in several motion pictures late in her career. As a vaudeville singer she performed a number of styles including jazz and blues. She entered blues history by being the first African American to make vocal blues recordings in 1920.

Smith was born Mamie Robinson in Cincinnati, Ohio. She toured with African-American vaudeville and minstrel shows until settling in New York City in 1913, where she worked as a cabaret singer. She appeared in songwriter Perry Bradford’s musical “Made in Harlem” in 1918. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamie_Smith

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