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Legendary Giants Of Jazz

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– 54 JAZZ ARTISTS –

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Hank Mobley

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Hank Mobley

– Hank Mobley Website Henry (Hank) Mobley (tenor saxophone) was born July 7, 1930 in Eastman Georgia and passed away on May 30, 1986 in New York City. Mobley was born in Eastman, Georgia, but was raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey, near Newark. There was plenty of music in his family, particularly piano music. When he was 16, an illness kept him in the house for several months, so his uncle thought of buying him a tenor saxophone to help him occupy his time. It was then that Mobley began to play saxophone.Hank tried to enter a music school...

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Mulgrew Miller

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Mulgrew Miller

– Mulgrew Miller Website Mulgrew Miller (pianist) was born on Aug. 13, 1955, in Greenwood, Mississippi and passed away on May 29, 2013 in Allentown, Pennsylvania at the age of 57. Miller was born in a small town along the Mississippi delta. Miller’s father purchased a piano when he was six, leaving a big impression on the young boy. Miller would sit at the piano and pick out melodies to popular songs. Mulgrew would often learn hymns by ear and play them for his father when he returned home from work. When he was eight years old, he...

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Bud Powell

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Bud Powell

– Bud Powell Website Earl Rudolph “Bud” Powell was born on September 27th, 1924 in New York City. His father and grandfather were musicians, as were many of his siblings, including his older brother Richard, a trumpeter, and his younger brother Richie, who played piano with Max Roach but died in a car accident with trumpeter Clifford Brown in 1956. By his teens, Powell had soaked up much of the stylings of stride king James P. Johnson, as well as stride-inspired playing of Art Tatum and the swing of Teddy Wilson. When Minton’s Playhouse...

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk

– Rahsaan Roland Kirk Website Rahsaan Roland Kirk (multi-instrumentalist) was born in Columbus, Ohio on Aug. 7, 1935 and passed away on Dec. 5, 1977 in Bloomington, Indiana. Kirk was born Ronald Theodore Kirk, but felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters in his first name to make Roland. He became blind at the age of two, as a result of poor medical treatment. In 1970, Kirk added “Rahsaan” to his name after hearing it in a dream. He started playing the bugle and trumpet, then learned the clarinet and C-melody sax. Kirk began...

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Kenny Dorham

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Kenny Dorham

– Kenny Dorham Website McKinley Howard “Kenny” Dorham was born on August 30, 1924 in Fairfield, Texas and passed away on December 5, 1972 in New York City at the age of 48. Born into a musical family, Dorham began playing piano at age seven and switched to trumpet while attending Anderson High School in Austin. Music was not Dorham’s only hobby as a teenager; he spent much of his time in the boxing ring as a member of the school boxing team. Dorham briefly attended Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, where he studied chemistry and physics...

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Cannonball Adderley

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Cannonball Adderley

– Cannonball Adderley Website Julian Adderley was born on September 15th, 1928 in Tampa, Florida. He initially wanted to play tenor saxophone, but since both money and instruments were scarce during the Second World War, Adderley ended up buying a beat-up alto. While in high school, Julian received his nickname Cannonball. Originally, friends called him “Cannibal,” because of his large appetite, but through many mispronunciations it became “Cannonball.” After high school, he attended Florida A&M University, then taught music to high...

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Clifford Brown

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Clifford Brown

– Clifford Brown Website Clifford Brown was born on October 30, 1930 in Wilmington, Delaware and passed away on June 26, 1956 in Bedford, Pennsylvannia. Brown was the youngest of eight children. Growing up in a musical family, Brown was exposed to music at a young age by his father and older siblings. “From the earliest time,” Brown told Nat Hentoff, “I can remember it was the trumpet that fascinated me. When I was too little to reach it, I would climb up to where it was, and I kept knocking it down.” He received...

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Bobby Hutcherson

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Bobby Hutcherson

– Bobby Hutcherson Website Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba) was born January 27, 1941 in Los Angeles, California. He studied piano with his aunt as a child, but didn’t enjoy the formality of the training; still, he tinkered with it on his own, especially since his family was already connected to jazz: His brother was a high school friend of Dexter Gordon and his sister was a singer who later dated Eric Dolphy. Everything clicked for Hutcherson during his teen years when he heard a Milt Jackson record; he worked until he...

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Stanley Turrentine

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Stanley Turrentine

– Stanley Turrentine Website Stanley William Turrentine (tenor saxophonist) was born on April 5, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and passed away on September 12, 2000 in New York City. Stanley came out of a musical family in Pittsburgh, his father Thomas played sax in Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans in the 1930s, and he was Stanley’s first teacher when the boy took up the tenor sax at age 13. Stanley credited his mother, a piano teacher, with instilling in him the bluesy feel he brought out so distinctively in his music. His...

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Carl Fontana

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Carl Fontana

– Carl Fontana Website Carl Charles Fontana (trombonist) was born on July 18, 1928 in Monroe, Louisiana and passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 9, 2003. Fontana learned jazz music from his father Collie, a saxophonist and violin player, and first performed with his father’s band while in high school. Fontana attended the school known today as University of Louisiana Monroe for two years. He then transferred to Louisiana State University, receiving his degree in Music Education in 1950. His first break into the professional...

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