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Alexander Hawkins (piano) – 1981

Andrea Brachfeld (flute)

Betty Comden – b.1919, d.Nov 23, 2006 (was 87) Lyricist, Dramatist/Playwright, Songwriter, Actress, b. in New York City; RLN:Cohen; Broadway librettist

Bob Havens – Trombone, b.1930, Quincy, IL

Bob Leatherbarrow – 1955

Chris Jentsch (guitar, electric) – 1959

David J White (sax, tenor) – 1968

Guillermo E. Brown (drum programming) – 1974

Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby  – Vocal, b.1904 d. 1977, Tacoma, WA. He was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. One of the first multi-media stars, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby held a nearly unrivaled command of record sales, radio ratings and motion picture grosses. He is usually considered to be among the most popular musical acts in history and is currently the most electronically recorded human voice in history Crosby is also credited as being the major inspiration for most of the male singers that followed him, including the likes of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American GI morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the “most admired man alive” ahead of Jackie Robinson and the PopeAlso during 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bing_Crosby

James Brown – b.1933, d.Dec 25, 2006 (was 73) HALL OF FAMER, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Composer, Arranger, Pianist, Drummer, b. in Augusta, Ga.; RN:James Joe Brown Jr. Ben Bart; Godfather of Soul, Soul Brother #1, Hardest working man in Show business; founded James & the Flames; many incl he say 1933, few ’34, or June 17; Weird Al parodied his hit “Living In America” into “Living With A Herrina” in 1986

Jazz Celebration Big Band (trombone) – 1948

Jimmy Cleveland – Trombone, b.1926, Wartrace, TN

John Aaron Lewis – Piano, b.1920 d.2001, Philadelphia, PA  He was an American jazz pianist and composer best known as the musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Born in LaGrange, Illinois and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he learned classical music and piano from his mother. He served in the Army in World War II, where he met Kenny Clarke. After the war, they moved to New York City and he joined Dizzy Gillespie’s band. He also performed or recorded with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Illinois Jacquet, Miles Davis, and Lester Young. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lewis_%28pianist%29

John Alexander – Saxophone, b.1948, Charlotte, NC

John Rhea “Yank” Lawson – Trumpet, b.1911 d. 1995, Trenton, MO. Yank was a jazz trumpeter known for Dixieland and also some swing music. He was known as “Yank Lawson” for most of his life. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yank_Lawson

Johnny Fischer – Bass, b.1930, Vienna, Austria

Jymie Merritt – Bass, b.1926, Philadelphia, PA – He is an American jazz bassist, and a father of a bassist, Mike Merritt, from Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he received early training as a classical bassist (double bass), but he credits the following experiences, which took place in the 1940s, as proving more significant musically: his early gigs in Philadelphia, PA with pianist Hassan Ibn Ali (duo) and (2) jam sessions, often conducted at his own house, with his mother as hostess, that included such local notables at the time as Jimmy Heath, Philly Joe Jones, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Jimmy Smith, John Dennis and Benny Golson. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jymie_Merritt

Kaoru Abe (sax, alto) – 1949

Larry Ochs – Saxophone, b.1949, New York, NY

Lawrence E. Tamanini (guitar, electric) – 1979

Maria Viray (vocals) – 1961

Matt Bauder (sax, tenor) – 1976

Matthew Ball (piano) – 1975

Michelle J. Carr (vocals) – 1971

Monika Heidemann (vocals) – 1976

Noam Lemish (piano) – 1982

Pete Seeger (banjo) – 1919

Ralph-Rainer Hubner – 1939

Rob Whitlock (organ, Hammond B3) – 1959

Sean Nowell (sax, tenor) – 1973

Tom Duncan (clarinet) – 1938

Tom Tallitsch (sax, tenor) – 1974

Willem von Hombracht (bass) – 1960

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