27 November

Adam Levy (guitar) – 1966

Angelo Branford (guitar) – 1965

Clifton Hyde (guitar, slide) – 1976

Daniel Bennett (saxophone) – 1979

Dave Howell (sax, tenor) – 1978

Dina Blade (vocals) – 1854

Ed Saindon (vibes) – 1954

Eddie South – Violin, b.1904 d.1962, Louisiana, MO – Eddie South was an American jazz violinist. He was a classical violin prodigy who switched to jazz because of limited opportunities for African-American musicians, and started his career playing in vaudeville and jazz orchestras with Jimmy Wade, Charles Elgar, and Erskine Tate in Chicago. He was influenced by Hungarian folk music and Roma music starting with a visit to Europe in the 1920s, and adapted the music to jazz. In 1927 he started his own group, Eddie South and his Alabamians, named after the Alabam club where they played in Chicago, and toured with them in Europe from 1928 to 1930. On subsequent visits to Europe in the 1930s, he performed and recorded with guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. He also led bands that included pianist Billy Taylor and bassist Milt Hinton.

Jacky Terrasson – Piano, b.1966, Berlin, Germany – Jacques-Laurent Terrasson is a jazz pianist better known as Jacky Terrasson.He was born in Germany, but his mother was French and his father American. He studied at the Berklee College of Music before playing in Chicago and New York City clubs. He gained increase attention on winning the 1993 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition. His early work with Betty Carter and in 1997 he worked on Rendezvous with Cassandra Wilson.

Jason Lyon (piano) – 1968

Jimi Hendrix (guitar, electric) – 1942

Joe Bishop – Flugelhorn, b.1907 d.1976, Monticello, AR

John Smith – Guitar, b.1908, Atlanta, GA – Johnny Smith, (born John

Henry Smith, Jr. on June 25, 1922 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American jazz guitarist, although he does not consider himself to be a musician in the idiom. His most critically acclaimed album was “Moonlight in Vermont” (one of Downbeat magazine’s top two jazz records for 1952, featuring saxophonists Stan Getz and Zoot Sims). Smith’s playing is characterized by closed-position chord voicings and rapidly ascending lines (reminiscent of Django, but more diatonic than chromatically-based). From those famous 1952 sides and in to the 1960s he recorded for the Roost label, on whose releases his reputation mainly rests. Mosaic Records has issued the majority of them in an 8CD set.  – His most famous musical composition is the tune “Walk, Don’t Run”, written for a 1955 recording session as counter-melody to the chord changes of “Softly, As in the Morning Sunrise”. Another guitarist Chet Atkins covered the song. Some musicians who became The Ventures heard the Atkins version, simplified it and speeded it up and made it into a big hit in 1960. – An extremely diverse musician, Johnny Smith was equally at home playing in the famous Birdland jazz club or sight reading scores in the orchestral pit of the New York Philharmonic. From Schoenberg to Gershwin to originals, Smith was undoubtedly one of the most versatile guitarists of the 1950s. – Johnny Smith stepped out of the public eye/ear in the late 1960s, having moved to Colorado in 1958 to teach and run a music store and to raise his daughter after the passing of his second wife. For more info go to http://www.csindy.com/csindy/2001-03-15/cover.html

John William Smith – 1908

Joris Teepe (bass, acoustic) – 1962

Julian Gerstin (percussion) – 1953

Louis Van Dijk – Piano, b.1941, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lyle Mays – Keyboard, b.1953, Wausaukee, WI – Lyle Mays, born 1953 in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, USA, is a jazz pianist. He is best known for his work with Pat Metheny as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. – Of his four dominant interests – in all of them being a child prodigy – chess, mathematics, architecture (building with LEGO bricks as a kid) and music, the latter developed to be his area of focus. Being the son of musically interested parents – his mother played the piano in church, his father played guitar by ear – he soon was allowed to explore the piano with the help of a teacher, Rose Baron, who was open to letting the kid, who had perfect pitch, improvise after the formal lesson. He soon was playing organ for the church. – At the suggestion of Dan Wheelock, his eighth grade band instructor, he attended summer camps where he met Rich Matteson who first introduced him to important jazz artists. Bill Evans’ album ‘Live in Montreux’ was among his revelations. He attended University of North Texas for its inspiring environment of geeks avid to jam whenever and wherever possible. He composed and arranged for the One o’clock Lab Band and was the composer and arranger of their highly regarded Lab ’75 album. – After leaving UNT, Mays toured with Woody Herman’s group for about eight months. – In 1974 he met Pat Metheny with whom he founded the still-performing Pat Metheny Group, one of the most successful jazz bands ever. During that period he lived in New York City, so poor that he was “almost starving”, but he continued to pursue his concept of music and artistry. Later, he moved back to rural Wisconsin where, among other activities, he coached an adolescent soccer team. He also flirted with the idea of moving to Brazil but finally – at the end of the 1990s – moved to Los Angeles which is “the opposite of so many cities”. – Within the context of the Pat Metheny Group, he cooperates with Metheny in composition and provides arrangements, orchestration and – most remarkably – the complex harmonic and metric backbone of the group’s musical signature. – His albums as a leader reflect a large variety of musical interests: “Lyle Mays” and “Street Dreams” expand the ideas of the Pat Metheny Group, while “Fictionary” is a straight-ahead jazz trio session featuring Marc Johnson on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums. “Solo: Improvisations for Expanded Piano” is curious album of spontaneous piano improvisations, laboriously edited after the fact. – He has also composed and recorded music for children’s records, such as “Tale of Peter Rabbit,” with text read by Meryl Streep. – Following his talents and interests, Mays aspires to incorporate divergent elements: composition and improvisation, improvisation and orchestration, acoustic and electronic, old and new. He has spent a lot of time and energy in making use of synthesisers despite their “inherent unmusicality”. Furthermore he composed classical music like “Twelve Days In The Shadow Of A Miracle”, a piece for harp, flute, viola and synthesizer (recorded 1996 by the Debussy Trio). – As a pianist he manifests strong technique, flowing lyricism, and a supple touch; his solos are often described as developing from almost silence to cascades of sound, often strongly organized around a recurring motif or motifs, or a basic stylistic principle. This sort of playing reflects his compositional way of counterpuntal complexity, his concept of soloing as “real-time composition”. – As a composer Mays is interested in the complex form, expanding the motifs and most often building suspense by gradation and ascension. Modulations and metric shifts are often incorporated. – Some people think his oeuvre apart from contributing at least fifty percent of compositions, arrangements and playing to the Pat Metheny Group is small and some critics evince frustration with his talent (manifested on “Fictionary”) lying fallow. Apparently Mays maintains interest in other intellectual occupations: architecture (he designed his sister’s house), mathematics and logic (Hofstadter’s book Godel, Escher, Bach) and computer programming in C++

Maria Schneider – Arranger, Piano, b.1960, Windom, MN – Maria Schneider (born November 27, 1960) is an American composer. – Schneider was born in Windom, Minnesota. She moved to New York City in 1985 after attending college at the University of Minnesota, the University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music. She studied under Bob Brookmeyer and Gil Evans, working on various projects with Evans, including the film The Color of Money. – Schneider formed The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra in 1993, appearing weekly at Visiones in Greenwich Village for five years. Her orchestra performed at many jazz festivals and toured Europe. – Schneider was one of the first artists to use ArtistShare to produce an album. Her 2004 album, Concert in the Garden, became the first Grammy Award winning recording with Internet-only sales. The album also received Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Awards. – The Jazz Journalists also awarded Schneider Composer of the Year and Arranger of the Year, and named her group, Large Jazz Ensemble of the Year. For more info go to http://www.mariaschneider.com/

Michael Rabinowitz – Bassonist – b.1955

Michel Portal – Reeds, composer, conductor, band leader –  b.1935, Bayonne, France

Neshui Ertegun – Producer, b.1917 d1989, Istanbul, Turkey

Patrick D. Wright (drums) – 1950

Randy Brecker – Trumpet, b.1945, Philadelphia, PA – Randy Brecker (b. Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, November 27, 1945) is an American trumpeter and flugelhornist. He is a highly sought after performer in the genres of jazz, rock, and R&B, and has performed or recorded with Billy Cobham, Bruce Springsteen, Charles Mingus, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Horace Silver, Frank Zappa, Parliament, Jaco Pastorius and many others. – He was a charter member of Larry Coryell’s seminal jazz fusion band The Eleventh House in 1973. – Randy Brecker is the older brother of the jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker (b. 1949). Together they led Dreams and the Brecker Brothers, a popular funk and fusion band which recorded several albums from the 1970s through the 1990s. For more info go to  http://www.randybrecker.com

Raymond Fonseque – Trombone, b.1930, Paris, France

Rebecca Coupe Franks – Trumpet, b.1961, San Jose, CA

Sandra Cartolari (vocals) – 1965

Wessell Anderson (saxophone) – 1964

Wilber Morris – 1937

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