8 November

Bertha Hope (piano) – 1936

Brandon Essex (bass) – 1980

Charles Sullivan – Trumpet, b.1944, New York, NY

Chris Connor – Jazz Singer, b.1927, Kansas City, MO – Chris Connor is a known for her distinctive style and expression. Born in Kansas City on November 8, 1927. Her father was an eminent musician and Chris soon studied and became proficient in the clarinet. Chris joined the “Snowflakes”, a vocal group of Claude Thornhill’s band, and moved on to become Stan Kenton’s lead singer. She recorded for Bethlehem Records originally and then began a long association with Atlantic records. Her trademark songs are well known to most people familiar with jazz of the 50s and 60s; among them are “Lullaby of Birdland” and “All about Ronnie.” For more about Chris Connor go to http://www.mrlucky.com/songbirds/html/jul99/c_cconnor.html

Dale Bruning (guitar) – 1934

Dara Tucker (vocals)

Dave Carey – 1914

David Cifelli (drums) – 1987

Don Byron – Composer, jazz clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone player, b.1958, New York, NY -While he is considered a jazz musician, he is stylistically very adventurous, having recorded klezmer music, German lieder, cartoon music, a Jimi Hendrix song, and a track with rapper Biz Markie. Byron was born in the Bronx, in New York City, and was raised by his parents who were themselves musicians, his mother a pianist, his father a bass player for calypso bands. His parents raised him listening to all kinds of music, taking him on trips to the ballet and the symphony, and also exposing him to jazz music such as Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis records. Byron studied music at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is a gifted performer on clarinet and (occasionally) saxophone, but on many of his albums subordinates his own playing to the exploration of a particular style. Byron is one of jazz’s greatest practicing historians, and some of his most successful albums (such as Plays the Music of Mickey Katz, Bug Music, and Ivey-Divey) have been recreations (in spirit) of forgotten moments in the history of popular music. Byron has been nominated for a Grammy award for his bass clarinet solo on “I Want to Be Happy” from Ivey-Divey. Byron is a member of The Black Rock Coalition. He has recorded with Uri Caine, Vernon Reid, Bill Frisell, Joe Henry, and others. His Website is at http://www.donbyron.com/

Eric Rupert (bass) – 1968

Gatemouth Moore – 1913

Georg Riedel – Bass, b.1934, Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia

James Dower (piano) – 1971

Jerry Costanzo (vocals) – 1959

John Ellington Blair – Guitar, Vocal, b.1943, Toledo, OH

John O’Gallagher (sax, alto) – 1964

Jude Elliott (vocals) – 1981

JuliousBass (bass, acoustic) – 1972

Kelly Rossum (trumpet) – 1970

Kimberly Elderkin (vocals) – 1967

Kurt Charles Juergens (piano) – 1985

Marc Willis (piano) – 1969

Michael Webster (sax, tenor) – 1976

Mihai Sorohan (trumpet) – 1975

Pat Smith (guitar) – 1957

Richard Bailey (drums) – 1955

Russell Malone (guitar, electric) – 1963

Sarah Jerrom (vocals) – 1979

The Vintage 15 (bass)

Vaan Shaw – 1955

Vadim Neselovskyi (piano) – 1977

Warren Battiste (guitar) – 1925