Adam Linsley (trumpet) – 1971
Alex Coke (reeds) – 1953
Ari Hoenig (drums) – 1973
Bennie Moten – Piano,Composer, Conductor, Leader, b.1894 d.1935, Kansas City, MO – Was a noted American jazz pianist and band leader. In 1929 he recruited Count Basie for his band Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra, eventually allowing Basie to take over on piano. After Moten’s death in 1935, Basie took many of the leading musicians from his band to form his own orchestra.
Big DooWopper – 1953
Blue Lu Barker – Vocal, b.1913, New Orleans, LA
Brian Hunt (piano) – 1948
Chris Flory – 1953
Daniel Joseph Dorff (drums) – 1980
Eddie Calhoun – Bass, b.1921 d.1993, Clarksdale, MS
Ernie Farrow – Bass, b.1928 d.1969, Huntington, West Virginia – Was a jazz multi-instrumentalist who played piano, bass, and drums. He was perhaps best known as a bassist. He is also the half-brother of Alice Coltrane and is said to have introduced her to jazz. Farrow started with piano before adding bass and drums. He went on to work with Stan Getz, Yusef Lateef, and Red Garland among others.
Ernst Reijseger – 1954
Hampton Hawes – Piano, b.1928 d.1977, Los Angeles, CA – Was an African American jazz pianist. Hawes was born and raised in Los Angeles. His father was a Presbyterian minister in Watts who disapproved of his son’s interest in jazz. Nevertheless, by his teen years, Hawes was already playing with well known musicians around the area, including Dexter Gordon, Sonny Criss, and Wardell Gray. Hawes was also a member of the Howard McGhee band, where he played with Charlie Parker. He also played with Charles Mingus, as recorded on the album “Mingus Three” (1957, Roulette) – After serving in the army from 1952-1954, Hawes led his own trio, with bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson. In 1958, he was arrested for heroin possession, and served time in jail until 1963, when John F. Kennedy granted him a presidential pardon. – After his release, Hawes resumed playing and recording. He also experimented with electronic music, although he eventually returned to making acoustic music. Raise Up Off Me, Hawes’ autobiography published in 1974, shed some light on his heroin addiction, the bebop movement, and his friendships with some of the best jazz musicians of his time. He died from a stroke, only 48 years old. – Hawes was born with six fingers on each hand, but these were removed three days after birth.
Hannah Rose Diamond (vocals) – 1986
Howard Osmond McFarlane – Trumpet, b.1894 d.1983, London, England
Idris Muhammad – Drums, b.1939, New Orleans, Louisiana – A jazz drummer. He was born Leo Morris on November 13, 1939 before changing his name in the 1960s upon his conversion to Islam. He is known for his funky playing style. He has released a number of albums as leader, and has played with a number of jazz legends including Lou Donaldson, Johnny Griffin, Pharoah Sanders and Grover Washington, Jr. He currently tours internationally with pianist Ahmad Jamal. In 1966, he married Dolores “LaLa” Brooks (former member of the Crystals; she converted to Islam with him and went for a time under the name Sakinah Muhammad). They separated in 1999. Together, they have two sons and two daughters.
Janet Lawson – Vocal, b.1940, Baltimore, MD
John Jr. Hammond – 1942
Kelly Roberti (bass, acoustic) – 1954
Kurt Bowermaster (drums) – 1961
Manfred Kullmann (piano) – 1938
Marek Wieczorkiewicz (bass) – 1977
Ricard Roda – Alto Sax, b.1931, Barcelona, Spain
Shelton Gary – 1943
Singleton Palmer – Bass, Tuba, b.1912, St. Louis, MO
Ted ‘Muttonleg’ Donnelly – Trombone, b.1912 d.1958, Oklahoma City, OK
Warren Bernhardt – Piano, b.1938, Wausau, Wisconsin – A is a noted pianist in jazz, pop and classical music. His father was a pianist leading him to have early childhood exposure to piano and learned some rudiments of keyboarding from his friends. At five his parents moved to New York City where he began studying seriously under varied instructors. After the death of his father in 1957 he quit music for a time to study chemistry and physics at the University of Chicago. In that city he would be exposed to the blues and jazz, which would influence the rest of his career. – From 1961 to 1964 he worked in Paul Winter’s sextet, which led to his return to New York. Once in New York he worked with George Benson, Gerry Mulligan, Jeremy Steig and others. He also developed a close relationship with the legendary pianist Bill Evans, who served as a mentor to Bernhardt. Bernhardt released several solo LP’s in the 1970’s, and eventually became a member of the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead while continuing to work on solo projects. – The Warren Bernhardt Trio’s “Trio ’83” CD (DMP CD-441) is believed to be the first fully digital jazz release when it appeared on Compact Disc and Digital Audio Tape (DAT) in 1983 from DMP Digital Music Products. Bernhardt has gone on to release additional jazz and classical recordings over the past twenty years, and is also featured in a series of highly-regarded jazz piano teaching sessions in both audio and video formats from Homespun Tapes. – Bernhardt toured as the musical director with Steely Dan in the United States from 1993-1994, and can be heard on Steely Dan’s “Live In America” CD. He has more recently performed with Simon and Garfunkel’s Old Friends tour, on Art Garfunkel’s solo tours, and can be seen on the Art Garfunkel DVD and HDTV presentation “Across America”. His website is at http://www.warrenbernhardt.com/
Yoon Sun Choi (vocals)