4 May

Danny Brubeck
Drummer and percussionist, b.1955, Oakland, CA – Dan has toured the international music circuit for over two decades as the leader of his own group, The Dolphins, and as a featured soloist with many of the world’s top jazz artists. His original drumming style, distinctive solos, and use of odd time signatures have earned him the respect of many critics worldwide. Dan has released three CDs with The Dolphins, which received extensive airplay in the U.S. and Japan. He was the subject of The Jazz Show, alto saxophonist David Sanborn’s syndicated radio program. Dan was also co-leader of The Brubeck LaVerne Trio with brother Chris and pianist Andy LaVerne. Their Blackhawk record, SEE HOW IT FEELS, made the top 25 list in national jazz airplay. Dan produced, played and earned great reviews for his work on Trio Brubeck. He has been featured on 10 Dave Brubeck albums, and recorded with Larry Coryell, Livingston Taylor, Michael Franks, and Roy Buchanan. He has toured with The Band, Gerry Mulligan, Jon Hendricks, Paul Butterfield, and Warren Bernhardt. Dan has also soloed with many of the world’s leading orchestras as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Dan and Chris have made many TV appearances including BBC specials, multiple appearances on The Today Show, Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show, and the nationally syndicated PBS Jazz in America series. For more information go to http://www.brubeckmusic.com/dan.html

Ron Carter
Bass, b.1937, Ferndale, MI – Ron is an American jazz bassist. His unique sound and great swing have made him a long sought after studio man — his appearances on over 3,500 albums make him one of the most-recorded bassists in jazz history probably behind only Milt Hinton and George Duvivier. He also has a large body of classical recorded work as well. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Carter

Leo DeJan
Trumpet b.1911, New Orleans, LA

Michael DiPasqua
Drums, b.1953, Orlando, FL

Walter “Maynard” Ferguson
Trumpet, b.1928 d. 2006, Verdun, Quebec, Canada, He was a Canadian jazz trumpet player and bandleader. He came to prominence playing in Stan Kenton’s orchestra, before forming his own band in 1957. He was noted for being able to play accurately in a remarkably high register, and for his bands, which served as stepping stones for up-and-coming talent. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maynard_ferguson for more info

Chuck Folds
Piano, b.1938, Cambridge, MA
Chuck Folds is a musician living in North Carolina. More notably he is the younger brother of the piano playing pop/rock star Ben Folds. Chuck has played bass in a number of bands since the late 1980’s, including Bus Stop with Evan Olson, Britt “Snüzz” Uzzell, and Eddie Walker. Bus Stop independently released 4 CD’s and played the south-eastern U.S. for about 7 years, becoming one of the more popular bands in North Carolina during the early 1990’s. For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Folds

Don Friedman
Piano, b.1935, San Francisco, CA – His parents loved classical music and they owned a piano. Don started playing piano at age four and took lessons from age five from a private teacher named Katherine Swint. Though he had no exposure to jazz at this time Don taught himself to improvise. At age 15 his family moved to the San Fernando Valley. At age 17 Don remembered going to the Hollywood Palladium to hear the bands of Les Brown, Stan Kenton and Billy May and that started his love for Jazz. The Stan Kenton soloists Lee Konitz, Conte Candoli and Frank Rosolino inspired Don as he transformed his focus from classical music to Jazz. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Friedman

Lars Gullin
Baritone Sax, b.1928 d.1976, Visby, Sweden
Lars Gunnar Victor Gullin (born May 4, 1928 in Visby, Gotland–died May 17, 1976 in Vissefjärda) was a Swedish jazz baritone saxophone player, occasional pianist and composer closest in playing style to United States Cool school players, with a full tone, but also a lightness uncommon with baritone saxophonists and an influence from Swedish folk music, which helps make his music unique. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_Gullin

Mary Ann McCall
Vocal, b.1919, Philadelphia, PA

Charlie Owens
Tenor Sax, b.1939, Phoenix, AZ

Sonny Payne
Drums, b.1926 d.1979, New York, NY Sonny was an American jazz drummer, best known for his work with Count Basie and Harry James.
Born Percival Payne in New York, his father was Wild Bill Davis’s drummer Chris Columbus. After early study with Vic Berton, in 1944 Payne started playing professionally around New York with the Dud and Paul Bascomb band, Hot Lips Page, Earl Bostic (1945–1947), Tiny Grimes (between 1947 and 1950), and Lucille Dixon (1948). For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Payne

Moe Purtill
Drums, b.1916, Huntington, NY

Warren Smith
Percussion, b.1932, Chicago, IL

Bill Stapleton
Trumpet, b.1945 d.1984, Blue Island, IL

Richard Williams
Trumpet, b.1931 d.1985, Galveston, TX

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