Discover: Jazz Appreciation Month

Mentors & Protégés

Thank you for celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with us! We hope you enjoyed the different "Mentors and Protégés” we featured throughout the month. Mentor: Duke Ellington & Protégé: Billy Strayhorn…

Happy Birthday to Ella Fitzgerald!

Nikki Giron

Many are unaware of the friendship and story behind Ella Fitzgerald and Marylin Monroe. Ella was under the management of Norman Granz in the 1950s. Like many African American Musicians at…

Mentors and Protégés

KUVO JAZZ celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), with a different musical “them—e” each year. The 2021 theme is “Mentors and Protégés." Mentor: Walter Bishop Jr. and Protégé: Benny Green Hard…

Happy Birthday to Tito Puente!

Nikki Giron

Tito Puente is known as the “King of Latin Jazz.” Tito grew up in New York City's Spanish Harlem and became a professional musician at age 13. He learned to…

Meeting Your Heroes

Seth Lewis for Allegro Magazine

Mentorship is a vital tradition in music, especially in jazz. An excellent role model was the late Bob Cranshaw, whose life I am researching for my graduate thesis. I want…

Happy Birthday to Herbie Hancock

Nikki Giron

Herbie Hancock Song Facts: Growing up in the '40s and '50s in Chicago, Herbie Hancock was around street vendors, including the "watermelon men," who peddled the fruit. This provided the…

Happy Birthday to Billie Holiday!

Nikki Giron

Fun facts about Billie Holiday: —Billie Holiday had a very limited vocal range. —Eleanora Fagan is Billie’s Real name. The name Billie came from a silent movie star Billie Dove.…

Jazz Mentor Bob Montgomery

Mentoring is built into the craft of making music. While there are a few self-taught musicians that go on to fame and fortune, the great majority of working musicians studied…

JAM Collaboration—Eddie Palmieri & Cal Tjader

On the last week of Jazz Appreciation Month we celebrate the collaboration of Cal Tjader & Eddie Palmieri. Cal Tjader began his outstanding career as a straight-ahead drummer and vibraphonist…

JAM—Celebrating the Collaboration of Duke Ellington & John Coltrane

As Jazz Appreciation Month continues, we celebrate the collaboration of Duke Ellington & John Coltrane. It's Jazz perfection in under an hour. A rare gem of an album if ever…

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