22 November

Alida Rohr (vocals)

Andy Dudnick (sax, tenor) – 1955

Angela Strehli (vocals) – 1945

Anthony Michelli (drums)

Bruno Macher (saxophone) – 1975

Burton Curtis Naidoo, b. 1980 KwaZulu-Natal – Pianist

Cecil Scott – Clarinet, Saxophone, b.1905 d.1964, Springfield, OH

Christian Muenchinger (saxophone) – 1969

Daniel Diaz (bass) – 1963

Darragh Lyons (vocals) – 1980

Dave Carter (trumpet) – 1969

Delphine Dawson

Ernie Caceres – Clarinet, b.1911 d.1971, Rockport, TX

Guna Kurite

Gunther Schuller – Composer, Writer, b.1925, New York, NY – Gunther Schuller studied at the Saint Thomas Choir School and became an accomplished horn player; at the age of seventeen he was principal hornist with the Cincinnati Symphony, and two years later took up a similar position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1959 he gave up performance to devote himself to composition. He has conducted internationally and studied and recorded jazz with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and John Lewis. He has been credited with coining the term Third Stream, a style of jazz that combines classical and jazz techniques. Schuller has written over 160 original compositions. In the 1960’s, Schuller was president of the prestigious New England Conservatory. He created the jazz program at NEC, which today is one of the strongest jazz centers in the world. – Schuller is editor-in-chief of Jazz Masterworks Editions, and co-director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Another recent effort of preservation was his editing and posthumous premiering at Lincoln Center in 1989 of Charles Mingus’ immense final work, Epitaph, subsequently released on Columbia/Sony Records. – Schuller has been the recipient of many awards, including the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his composition written for the Louisville Symphony Of Reminiscences and Reflections, the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award (1991), the William Schuman Award (1988), given by Columbia University for “lifetime achievement in American music composition”, and ten honorary degrees. In 1993, Downbeat Magazine honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to jazz.

Guy Kelly – Trumpet, Vocal, b.1906 d.1940, Scotlandville, LA
Hoagland Howard “Hoagy” Carmichael  – Piano, Vocal, Composer, b.1899 d.1981, Bloomington, IN – Hoagy Carmichael was an American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader. He is best known for writing “Stardust” (1927), which has been called the most-recorded American song ever written. – Alec Wilder, in his study of the American popular song, concluded that Hoagy Carmichael was the “most talented, inventive, sophisticated, and jazz-oriented” of the few great craftsmen who were the most important innovators among the hundreds of song writers composing competent pop songs in the first half of the 20th century. – Carmichael was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He attended Indiana University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1925 and a law degree in 1926. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He originally studied law while playing music on the side, but he eventually decided to devote his energies to music. Carmichael maintained a lifelong affiliation with the university; in 1937 he wrote the song “Chimes of Indiana” which was presented to the school as a gift by the class of 1935. It was made Indiana University’s official alma mater in 1978. Carmichael also holds the distinction of being awarded an honorary doctorate in music by the Indiana University in 1972. – Carmichael joined ASCAP in 1931. – Hoagy Carmichael appeared as an actor in at least 14 motion pictures (most notably the Humphrey Bogart-Lauren Bacall classic To Have and Have Not, Young Man with a Horn with Bacall and Kirk Douglas and The Best Years of Our Lives with Myrna Loy and Frederic March), often singing and playing the piano on his own compositions. Carmichael wrote two autobiographies: The Stardust Road (1946) and Sometimes I Wonder (1965). He also voiced a stone-age parody of himself, “Stoney Carmichael” on an episode of The Flintstones. – He died of a heart attack in Rancho Mirage, California. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. – Author Ian Fleming wrote in his novels Casino Royale and Moonraker that British secret agent James Bond resembled Carmichael with a scar down one cheek. – For more info go to http://www.hoagy.com/

Horace Henderson – Piano, Leader, b.1904 d.1988, Cuthbert, GA – Horace Henderson, younger brother of Fletcher Henderson, was an American jazz pianist, arranger, and bandleader. – While attending Wilberforce University he formed a band called the Collegians, which included Benny Carter and Rex Stewart. This band was later known as the Horace Henderson Orchestra and then as the Dixie Stompers. Henderson left the band to work with Sammy Stewart, then in 1928 organized a new band called the Collegians. Don Redman took over this band in 1931; Henderson continued to work as the band’s pianist and arranger before leaving to work for his brother. – Among his better known clients for arrangements, in addition to his brother, were Charlie Barnet, the Casa Loma Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, and Jimmie Lunceford. – His best known arrangements are of his own “Hot and Anxious” and of “Christopher Columbus” (both for his brother).

James M. (Jimmy) Knepper  – Trombone, b.1927, Los Angeles, CA  – Jimmy Knepper was an American jazz trombonist. He was a good friend and arranging/transcribing partner of bassist and composer Charles Mingus. Knepper was twice on the receiving end of Mingus’ legendary temper. While onstage at a memorial concert in Philadelphia, he reportedly attempted to crush his pianist’s hands with the instrument’s keyboard cover, then punched Knepper in the mouth. On October 12, 1962, Mingus reportedly punched Knepper while the two men were working together at Mingus’s apartment on a score for his upcoming concert at New York Town Hall and Knepper refused to take on more work. The blow broke one of Knepper’s teeth, ruined his embouchure and resulted in the permanent loss of the top octave of his range on the trombone. This attack ended their working relationship and Knepper was unable to perform at the concert, a disaster. Charged with assault, Mingus appeared in court in January, 1963 and was given a suspended sentence.

James Passantino (sax, alto) – 1941

Lukas Chester Harlan (guitar) – 1972

Mauro Justiniani (drums) – 1985

Mel Wanzo – Trombone, b.1930, Cleveland, OH

Michael Prince Coleman (piano) – 1980

Petra Hofmeyr, 1980 –  Musician

Paul ‘Polo’ Barnes – Clarinet, b.1901 d.1981, New Orleans, LA

Rogerio Boccato (percussion) – 1967

Ron McClure – Bass, b.1941, New Haven, CT

Tyrone Hill – 1948

Whistlin’ Alex Moore – 1899

Will Connell – Alto Sax, Flute, b.1938, Los Angeles, CA

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