18 October

Mervyn Afrika
Piano, composer,  b.1950, Cape Town, South Africa -studied with late jazz pianist Henry February. Began working professionally with jazz group Oswietie. Group split but reformed around 1973 with Russell Herman, Robbie Jansen, and Nazier Kapdi.

“Stump” Evans
Alto Sax, b.1904 d.1928, Lawrence, KS

Bent Jaedig
Tenor Sax, b.1935 d.2004, Copenhagen, Denmark

Chris Kelly
Cornet, b.1885 d.1929, Plaquemines, LA

Conrad Lanoue
Piano, b.1908 d.1972, Cohoes, NY

Wynton Marsalis
Grammy Award-winning musician: jazz/classical trumpet [1984, 1985, b.1961, New Orleans, LA – Think of One [1983]; played on: Father & Sons; in orchestra for Sweeney Todd; composer: TV theme song for Shannon’s Deal

J.C. Moses
Drums, b.1936 d.1977, Pittsburgh, PA

Anita O’Day
Vocal, b.1919, Kansas City, MO – O’Day is admired for her sense of rhythm and dynamics, and her early big band appearances shattered the traditional image of the “girl singer”. Refusing to pander to any female sterotype, O’Day presented herself as a ‘hip’ jazz musician, wearing a band jacket and skirt as opposed to an evening gown. She cites Martha Raye as the primary influence on her vocal style, although she has also expressed admiration for Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. 2006 saw her first album release in 13 years, entitled Indestructible!.

Marshall Stearns
Writer, b.1908 d.1966, Cambridge, MA

Bobby Troup
Singer, actor, b.1918 d.1999 – Emergency; singer, musician, TV host: Stars of Jazz; married to singer Julie London

George Washington
b.1907, Brunswick, GA

Cynthia Weil
Composer, Songwriter, Actress, wrote “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”, “Kicks”, many others with partner Barry Mann b. 1937