28 May

Dave Barbour
Guitar, b.1912 d.1965, Flushing, NY

Papa John Creach
Violin, Vocal, b.1917, Beaver Falls, PA
John Henry Creach was the fiddler for Jefferson Airplane (1970-1975), Jefferson Starship, Jefferson Starship—the Next Generation, the San Francisco All-Stars (1979-1984), The Dinosaurs (1982-1989), and Steve Taylor. He was best known for his work with Hot Tuna. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papa_John_Creach

Reginald Foresythe
Piano, b.1907 d.1958, London, England

Russell Donald Freeman
Piano, b.1926 d.2002, Chicago, IL
Russ was a jazz pianist. Freeman was initially classically trained, but later turned toward jazz of a largely bop style. His reputation as a jazz pianist grew in the 1940s when he did work with Art Pepper, Shorty Rogers, and Chet Baker. Among his best regarded work is his extensive collaboration with Shelly Manne, especially in the 1950s. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russ_Freeman_%28pianist%29

Wojciech Karolak
Piano, b.1939, Warsaw, Poland
He is a notable Hammond B-3 organ player who refers to himself as “an American jazz and rhythm and blues musician, born by mistake in Middle Europe”. He has also played saxophone and piano professionally.

In 1958, he started working with the band the ‘Jazz Believers’ playing alto saxophone. The Jazz Believers consisted of the future top Polish jazz players, among them Andrzej Trzaskowski, Krzysztof Komeda (famed for writing music for Roman Polanski’s landmark film Rosemary’s Baby), and Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojciech_Karolak

Andrew Dewey Kirk
Leader, Saxophone, b.1898 d.1992, Newport, KY
Andy was a jazz bass saxophonist and tubist best known as a bandleader. He started his musical career playing with George Morrison’s band, but then went on to join Terrence Holder’s Dark Clouds of Joy. In 1929 he was elected leader after Holder departed. Renaming themselves Twelve Clouds of Joy they set up in the Pla-Mor Ballroom on the junction of 32nd and Main in Kansas City and made their first recording for Brunswick Records that same year. Mary Lou Williams came in as pianist at the last moment, but she impressed Brunswick’s Dave Kapp, so she became a regular member of the band. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Kirk

Tommy (Thomas J.) Ladnier
Trumpet, b.1900 d.1939, Florenceville, LA
He was an American jazz trumpeter. Clarinetist/writer Mezz Mezzrow rated him second only to Louis Armstrong. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Ladnier

Lawrence “Tricky” Lofton
Trombone, b.1930, Houston, TX

Arno Marsh
Tenor Sax, b.1928, Grand Rapids, MI

Eddie Parker
Flute, b.1959, Liverpool, England

Raymond Raubisko
Tenor Sax, b.1939, Riga, Latvia

Claudio Roditi
Trumpet, b.1946, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
By the time he was thirteen years old he was obsessed with jazz after hearing recordings of Louis Armstrong, Harry James and other American trumpeters. He later came to hear and love the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. After arriving in the United States in 1970, he began to study at Berklee School of Music, where he became musically influenced by Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan. In 1976 he moved to New York and began to establish himself as a formidable jazz figure. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudio_Roditi

Al Tinney
Piano, b.1921 d.2002, Ansonia, CT

Arthur “Traps” Trappier
Drums, b.1910 d.1975, Georgetown, SC

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