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Leon Abbey
Violin, b.1900 d.1975, Minneapolis, MN – Leon was an American jazz violinist and bandleader.
In the 1920s his eleven-piece band, known successively as the Charleston Bearcats, the Savoy Bearcats, and Leon Abbey’s Band, was considered one of the best in jazz. For more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Abbey

Lars Bagge
Piano, b.1935, Stockholm, Sweden

Arthur Blythe
Alto Sax, b.1940, Los Angeles, CA – Arthur is an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer. His stylistic voice has a distinct vibrato and he plays within the post-bop subgenre of jazz. In the sixties he performed with the pianist/bandleader Horace Tapscott. After moving to New York in the mid-seventies, he performed with Chico Hamilton and Gil Evans. (Chris Kelsey, in allmusic.com.) Additionally, he made sideman appearances in the 1970s with McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, Lester Bowie. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Blythe

Teresa Brewer
Vocal, b.1931, Toledo, OH – Teresa is an American singer. Brewer’s father was an inspector of glass for the Libbey Owens Company (now Pilkington Glass); her mother was a housewife. At the age of two, Teresa was brought by her mother to audition for a radio program, “Uncle August’s Kiddie Show” on Toledo’s WSPD. She performed for cookies and cupcakes donated by the sponsor. Although she never took singing lessons, she took lessons to tap dance. From age five to twelve, she toured with the “Major Bowes Amateur Hour,” then a popular radio show, both singing and dancing. She traveled with her aunt Mary until she married in 1949 and was devoted to the aunt, who lived with her until 1993, when Teresa’s aunt Mary died. For more information go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Brewer

Michael Formanek
Bass, b.1958, San Francisco, Ca

Edward Inge
Clarinet, b.1906 d.1988, Kansas City, MO

Pete Jacobs
Drums, b.1899 d.c1952, Asbury Park, NJ

Floyd O’Brien
Trombone, b.1904 d.1968, Chicago, IL

“Yank” Porter
Drums, b.1895 d.1944, Norfolk, VA

Ramesh Shotham
Percussion, b.1948, Madras, India

Lars Sjosten
Piano, Leader, b.1941, Oskarshamn, Sweden

Herbie Steward
Tenor Sax, b.1926, Los Angeles, CA – Herbie is an American jazz saxophonist, best known for being the tenor saxophone player in Four Brothers, part of Woody Herman’s Second Herd, a big band. As of 2007, he is the only surviving member of the quartet. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbie_Steward

Axel Zwingenberger
Piano, b.1955, Hamburg, Germany – Axel is a German blues and boogie-woogie pianist. He began with study of classical piano, but began playing blues by the 1970s. In 1975 he received his first recording contract. He has gone on to work with greats in the genre like Big Joe Turner, and also tours. He is also known for his photographs of steam locomotives, including some taken from within the machinery itself. For more info go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Zwingenberger

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