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Ella Fitzgerald Birthday!

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer, sometimes referred to as the "First Lady of Song", "Queen of Jazz", and "Lady Ella". She was noted for her purity of…

Happy Birthday Tito!

Tito Puente donned the "King of Latin Jazz," and was a pioneering force in Latin music, known for fusing styles and putting a big-band spin on traditional Latin music. In…

Happy Birthday to Herbie Hancock!

Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades…

Happy Birthday to Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday, born April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a superstar of her day. She first rose to prominence in the 1930s with a unique style that reinvented the…

Happy Birthday, Nina Simone!

Eunice Kathleen Waymon, known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights, activist. Her music spanned styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel,…

Happy Birthday to the Chicano Jazzman — Freddy Rodriguez

Today we remember and celebrate the life of saxophonist Freddy Rodriguez Sr. Born on February 9, 1931, in Del Norte, CO, and passed away on March 25, 2020, in Denver,…

Today is a Saxy Day! Two Birthdays of incredible Tenor Saxophonists!

Happy Birthday to Sonny Stitt! Sonny Stitt was born on February 2, 1924, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was known for his warm tone and recorded more than 100 albums. It…

Happy Birthday Django Reinhardt

(January 23, 1910 – May 16, 1953) defined the genre of “Gypsy Jazz.”  Not only does this genre have a very specific feel, sound, and instruments, the music theory behind…

Happy Birthday, Max Roach

Maxwell Lemuel Roach was an American jazz drummer and composer, one of the most influential and widely recorded modern percussionists. A founder of modern jazz who rewrote the rules of…

Born on this day...Trumpeter Clark Terry

Born on this day... Clark Terry’s career in jazz spanned more than seventy years. He was a world-class trumpeter, flugelhornist, educator, composer, writer, trumpet/flugelhorn designer, teacher, and NEA Jazz Master.…

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