Drums, b.1903 d.1973, Antwerp, Belgium
Mose Allison (John Mose Allison. Jr.) Piano, Vocal, b.1927, Tippo, MS
An American jazz pianist and singer. His music has influenced many blues and rock artists including The Rolling Stones, John Mayall, JJ Cale and The Who, who played his song “Young Man Blues” on several tours. Allison is the subject of the Pixies song “Allison”. His song “Look Here” was covered by The Clash on their album Sandinista!. Van Morrison released an album of his songs entitled Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison. He is the father of country songwriter Amy Allison. Mose Allison was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006. His website is at http://www.moseallison.net/
Vocal, b.1928, Houston, Texas
An American jazz and blues singer. She has been recording for half a century, her most recent album coming in 2003. In her early days out of Seattle, she sang vocals for Johnny Otis and Lionel Hampton. In 1958, her first solo album, Hot Cargo on Mercury Records, got her named “Best New Vocal Star” in Down Beat magazine in 1959. She recorded more than 20 albums for Mercury and Concord Records. In the early 1980s, she received two Grammy nominations. In the early 1990s she joined Qwest Records, the label of fellow Garfield High School grad Quincy Jones. Her most recent album, Love Makes the Changes, came out in 2003. Her website is at http://www.ernestineanderson.com/main.htm
Band Leader, b.1913 d1993, Holbeck, Leeds, England
Was the bandleader of a renowned all’girls band (Ivy Benson and her All Girls Orchestra) for over forty years. World War II gave many women opportunities that would never have been afforded to them in peace time. Ivy Benson filled the void in entertainment created by the lack of male musicians and bandleaders in war time Britain with her undoubted talent. Benson and her band may have been the inspiration for the TV film, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, a fictitious story in which a woman tries to reunite her (almost) all-girl swing band from WWII.
Trumpet, b.1923 d.2000, Tangipahoa, LA
Alto Sax, Leader, b.1925, Paris, France
Drums, b.1932, New York, NY
Piano, b.1929, New York, NY
Trumpet, b.1962, Boorowa, New South Wales
An Australian jazz musician who plays numerous instruments, but is best known for his trumpet playing. He is a true multi-instrumentalist, capable of performing just as well on the trombone, euphonium, flugelhorn, tuba, saxophones, and piano.
He performed the opening fanfare at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and is regarded as one of Australia’s finest jazz musicians.
James has performed with Dizzy Gillespie (the first Australian to do so), with Don Burrows as a member of the Don Burrows Band, and Ray Charles and B. B. King for a 1990 world tour. He has also worked with the Ray Brown Trio, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Whitney Houston, George Benson, the Phillip Morris Superband, and Red Rodney. In 2005, he was the guest soloist at the 150th anniversary concert of the Black Dyke Band.
James first heard jazz music in a church in Sydney when he was seven years old. He soon started to learn the trombone, and by the time he was eight he had already given his first public performance. At the age of nine, James started his first band, a Dixieland trad jazz band. Within a few years he was playing professionally in nightclubs, and became widely internationally recognised when he debuted in the USA at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
James joined Don Burrows Band and toured Australia for six years whilst his stature on the international stage increased. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1980, and the following year was appointed as a lecturer there.
James comes from a musical family, and his brother John is a top-flight jazz drummer in his own right. In 1983 they formed a 13-piece big band, the Morrison Brothers Big Band. John and James have worked together on many other projects and recordings.
The discovery and development of young talented musicians has always been important to James. He found his regular vocalist, Emma Pask, at a school concert, aged 16, and she has since then gone on to become an internationally renown jazz singer. James sponsors yearly scholarships for young musicians, and is actively involved with several youth bands.
As well as playing instruments, James has also had input into the process of creating them. Yamaha has produced the YTR6335J Morrison Trumpet, the YTR6335JII Morrison Trumpet, and the TR14B4JM James Morrison Signature Mouthpiece. A similar trombone range exists: YSL456GMA and YSL456GJII James Morrison Trombones and the 48JM-GP mouthpiece.
His latest instrument creation project was to work with a designer called Steve Marshall to produce the Morrison Digital Trumpet, a MIDI wind controller that looks and acts like a futuristic version of a regular trumpet. This allows a trumpeter to play electronic sounds in much the same way as a pianist can play an electronic synthesizer.
James famously played the wrong Spanish National Anthem at the Davis Cup Final in Australia. Instead of playing the modern version, James performed the old Fascist anthem not heard since the Franco era, causing the enraged Spanish Prime Minister to walk out in anger. The authorities had sent James a recording of the wrong anthem to learn but managed to salvage the situation by quickly finding the correct one, placating the Spanish and allowing the match to proceed. His website is at http://www.jamesmorrison.com.au/
Trumpet, Composer, b.1948, Smithville, TX
Trumpet, b.1926, Greensboro, NC
Piano, b.1917 d.1971, Panama
Tenor Sax, b.1911 d.1941, Mount Vernon, NY