6 November

Amos White – Cornet, b.1889, Kingstree, SC

Andy Gibson – Trumpet, Arranger, b.1913 d.1961, Zanesville, OH

Arturo Sandoval – Trumpet, b.1949, Artemesia, Cuba. Sandoval, while still in Cuba, was obsessed with bebop recordings by Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, and Dizzy Gillespie, finally meeting the latter in 1977. Gillespie promptly became a mentor and colleague, playing with Arturo in concerts in Europe and Cuba and later featuring him in The United Nations Orchestra. In 1998, Sandoval became a naturalized citizen of the United States. In Cuba, Sandoval co-founded the band called Irakere with Chucho Valdes and Paquito D’Rivera. They quickly became a worldwide sensation. Their appearance at the 1978 Newport Jazz Festival introduced them to American audiences, and garnered them a recording contract with Columbia Records. His Website is at http://www.arturosandoval.com/

Auriol Hays – Singer, Songwriter, Johannesburg, South Africa

David Prez (saxophone) – 1979

Dick Cathcart – Trumpet, b.1924 d.1993, Michigan City, MI

Don Lusher – Trombone, b.1923, Peterborough, England – He was a jazz and big band trombonist best known for his association with the Ted Heath Jazz Band. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he played trombone with a number of jazz bands and was twice President of the British Trombone Society. In 1993 he was awarded the status of Freeman of the City of London, and in 2002 Lusher received an OBE for services to the music industry.

Fabien Degryse (guitar) – 1960

Francy Boland – Composer, pianist,  b.1929 d.2005, Namur, Belgium He was  a classically trained Belgian jazz composer and pianist. He first gained notice in 1949 and worked with Belgian jazz greats like Bobby Jaspar. Later he worked with multi-national jazz bands like Kurt Edelhagen’s and in 1961 he helped found a multi-national Big-Band with drummer Kenny Clarke. Their Clarke-Boland Big Band is among the most noted Big Bands to have been assembled outside the United States. After it broke up in 1972 he became primarily a composer. He lived in Europe, primarily Switzerland, since 1976 and did musical arrangements for Sarah Vaughan among others. He was also part of One World, One Peace, an effort involving Pope John Paul II. He died in 2005.

Gordon Brisker – Tenor Sax, b.1937 d.2004, Cincinnati, OH

Greg Vail (saxophone) – 1962

James McClure, Trumpet, b. 1991, Cape Town, South Africa

Joe Wurtsmith (guitar) – 1980

John Philip Sousa (composer/conductor/leader) – 1854

Johnny Parker – Piano, b.1929, Beckenham, England

Joseph Raymond Conniff – Trombone, b.1916, Attleboro,
Massachusetts – He learned to play the trombone from his father. He studied music arranging from a course book. Musically different highlights in Conniff’s career are two albums he produced in cooperation with Billy Butterfield, an old buddy from earlier swing days. “Conniff Meets Butterfield” (1960) featured Butterfield’s solo trumpet and a small rhythm group; “Just Kiddin’ Around” (after a Conniff original composition from the 1940’s), released 1963, featured additional trombone solos by Ray himself. Both albums are pure light jazz and did not feature any vocals. The official fan website at http://www.rayconniff.info/

Justin Lewis (multi-instrumentalist) – 1981

Ken Araki (bass) – 1968

Laila Dalseth – 1940

Lisa Hindmarsh (vocals) – 1962

Luis Diaz (congas) – 1957

Lukas Loskot (drums) – 1904

Maurice John Vaughn – 1952

Mindi Brizendine (vocals) – 1972

Paul Wells (drums) – 1973

Roberto Aleman (drums) – 1976

Rory Block – 1949

Roscoe Chenier – 1941