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Charles Mingus Centennial

Charles Mingus a towering figure in Jazz was born on April 22, 1922. We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth.  A true virtuoso bassist who studied double bass…

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,…

Long Play Celebrates Nina Simone's Birthday

Long Play is a deep dive during the last hour of The Nightside into the music that time forgot. She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth…

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…

R&B Jukebox Celebrates Sam Cooke

Saturday, January 22, marks the birthday of the father of soul music, Sam Cooke! Sam Cooke put the spirit of the gospel sound into popular music and created a new…

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