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Happy Birthday Miles Davis!

Miles Davis was born on May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois. His father worked as a dentist and his mother was a music instructor. Davis was actually born Miles Dewey…

10 Amazing Facts About Jazz Legend Duke Ellington

Because it's Duke Ellington Day! Born on April 29, 1899, Washington, D.C., died on May 24, 1974, New York, NY 1. His parents were pianists - Born in 1899, the…

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…

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…

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.…

Glenn Miller—Moonlight Serenade: The Theme of an Era

Glenn Miller born on this day in 1904! During the big band era of the mid-twentieth century, bands and bandleaders were readily known by their theme songs. Audiences knew at…

Happy Birthday to Fats Domino!

Fats Domino, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer whose two-fisted boogie-woogie piano and nonchalant vocals, heard on dozens of hits, made him one of the biggest stars of the early rock…

Happy Birthday to Nina Simone!

Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tyron, North Carolina. She was known for using her musical platform to speak out. “I think women play a major part…

Happy Birthday to Robert Flack

Celebrating American singer, Roberta Flack turning 88 on her birthday today. Born on February 10, 1937 in Asheville, North Carolina. Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our…

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