Al Hirt – Trumpet, and bandleader.b.1922 d.1999, New Orleans, LA – Alois Maxwell Hirt, known as “Al” or “Jumbo”, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of a police officer. At the age of six, he was given his first trumpet, which had been purchased at a local pawnshop. He would play in the Junior Police Band with the children of Alcide Nunez, and by the age of 16, Hirt was playing professionally, often with his friend Pete Fountain. During this time, he was hired to play at the local horse racing track, beginning a six-decade connection to the sport. Hirt died in New Orleans of liver failure after spending the previous year in a wheelchair due to edema in his leg. Despite this handicap, Hirt continued to play in local clubs, often being wheeled to the stage. His remains were buried in Metairie Cemetery. Other Nicknames include “Al (He’s the King!) Hirt” and “The Round Mound of Sound.” Al Hirt has 8 children: Mary, the late Gretchen, Rebecca, Bridgid, the late Rachael, Stephen, the late Jenny and the late Jeff. He has 10 grandchildren: Hud, Dylan, Bridgid, Samantha, Nicole, the late Jeremy, Micah, Harper, the late Jean-Pierre and Gretchen. He has 6 great-grandchildren including: Justin, Rex, Maia Rae and Bryce.
Alvin Batiste (clarinet) – 1932
Brian Mulholland (bass, electric) – 1978
Bryan C. White (bass, acoustic) – 1980
Claudia Mohr, Vocalist, b. 1984, Cape Town South Africa
Cyril Blake – Trumpet, b.1900 d.1951, Trinidad
David S Ware – Tenor Sax, b.1949, Plainfield, NJ
Dylan Roman, Piano, Keyboards, b. 1981 Cape Town South Africa
Howard Rumsey – Bass, b.1917, Brawley, CA
Jan Bertil Allan – Trumpet, b.1934, Falun, Sweden
Jeff King (sax, tenor) – 1970
Jesse Markowitz, Saxophone, b. 1984, Toronto Canada
Joe Bushkin – Piano, 1916-2004, New York, NY – He began by playing trumpet and piano with New York City dance bands. He joined Bunny Berigan’s band in 1935, then left to join Muggsy Spanier’s Ragtime Band in 1939. From the late 1930’s through to the late 1940’s he also worked with Eddie Condon on records, radio and TV. After service in WWII he worked with Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman. He might be best known for co-writing Oh! Look At Me Now, with John DeVries, when he worked in Tommy Dorsey’s band. That song would become Frank Sinatra’s first hit. In his 60s Bing Crosby ended Bushkin’s semi-retirement with an offer for them to tour together. He died in 2004.
Johannes Faber – Trumpet, b.1952, Munich, Germany
Joni Mitchell (vocals) – 1943
Kitty Margolis – Vocalist, b. 1955, She is a jazz singer who has recorded and performed with jazz luminaries at top venues on four continents. A noted educator who studied at Harvard and SFSU and the current V.P. of the S.F. GRAMMY Board of Governors, Margolis’ genre-bending recordings have earned her Top 10 airplay and fans all over the globe.
Martin Shaw – 1966
Matt Josephson (drums) – 1955
Nadav Nirenberg (trombone) – 1985
Nick Lyons (sax, alto) – 1982
Nick Pitt (drums) – 1969
Phil Hargreaves (sax, tenor) – 1959
Rachel Lauren (vocals) – 1986
Ray Brown – Flugelhorn, Trumpet, Teacher, b.1948, Oceanside, NY
Red Ingle – 1906
Renae Celeste Soobiah – 1987, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Rene Marie (vocals) – 1955
Ryan Elwood – Drummer in Denver (drums) – 1984
Steve Lane – Cornet, Leader, b.1921, London, England
Taylor Haskins (trumpet) – 1971
Thembi Mtshali-Jones – Vocalist, Actress, TV Producer, Cape Town South Africa b. 1949 – Multi-talented Thembi is recognised as one of South Africa’s most celebrated artists, as a singer, actress, and playwright. As a singer, Thembi has performed with such world-renowned artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim. She has recorded three albums in her own name, and recorded as lead vocalist with the Sipho Gumede band Peace and the African Jazz Pioneers on both occasions making one album. Her favourite moment was singing Happy Birthday in Zulu for the then president Nelson Mandela on his 80th birthday in Washington D.C.
Tommy Mitchell (vocals) – 1952