Charlie Mariano is an American jazz alto saxophonist. He played with one of the Stan Kenton big bands, Toshiko Akiyoshi (his then wife), Charles Mingus, and numerous other notable musicians. ...more on Wikipedia about "Charlie Mariano"
Armando Anthony "Chick" Corea (born June 12, 1941) is an American jazz pianist/ keyboardist and composer who is arguably best known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion, although his contributions to straight-ahead jazz have been tremendous. He participated in the birth of the electric fusion movement as a member of Miles Davis's band in the 1960s, and in the 1970s formed Return to Forever. He continued to pursue other collaborations and explore various musical styles throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Among jazz pianists, Corea is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential since Bill Evans (along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett). He is also known for promoting Scientology. ...more on Wikipedia about "Chick Corea"
Chuck Mangione (born November 29, 1940) is a flugelhorn player who achieved international success with his jazz-pop single, "Feels So Good", in 1977. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has released more than 30 albums over a period of nearly 50 years. Early in his career, he was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, for which he filled the trumpet seat, which had previously been held by greats such as Clifford Brown, Kenny Dorham, Bill Hardman, and Lee Morgan. ...more on Wikipedia about "Chuck Mangione"
Eddie Costa is an American jazz pianist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has also been the pianist for the " Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" television show for children. ...more on Wikipedia about "Eddie Costa"
Eddie Lang ( October 25, 1902 – March 26, 1933) was a jazz guitarist, considered by many the finest of his era. ...more on Wikipedia about "Eddie Lang"
Frank Rosolino ( August 20 1926 - November 26 1978) was a jazz trombonist. ...more on Wikipedia about "Frank Rosolino"
George Wallington (born Giacinto Figlia, October 27, 1923, Palermo, Sicily - Cape Coral, Miami, February 15, 1993) was a highly regarded American bop pianist and composer. ...more on Wikipedia about "George Wallington"
Giuseppe Venuti (Joe) ( September 16, 1903 – August 14, 1978) was a U.S. jazz musician and violinist. Venuti was born aboard a ship as his parents emigrated from Italy. Considered the father of jazz violin, he pioneered the use of string instruments in jazz along with the guitarist Eddie Lang, a childhood friend of his. Through the 1920s and early 1930s, Venuti produced many recordings. He worked with Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Bing Crosby, the Boswell Sisters and most of the other important white jazz and semi-jazz figures of the late 1920s and early 1930s. However, following Lang's early death in 1933, he began to slip off the radar. After a period of relative obscurity in the 1940s and 1950s, he was 'rediscovered' in the late 1960s and established a musical relationship with tenor saxist Zoot Sims, that was almost as fruitful as his previous collaboration with Lang. Venuti and Sims produced a number of very exciting recordings in the late 1960s and early seventies: an appropriate coda to the great violinist's career. ...more on Wikipedia about "Giuseppe Venuti"
James Peter Giuffre (born in Dallas, Texas, 1921) is an American jazz saxophone and clarinet player. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jimmy Giuffre"
Joseph Salvatore Lovano (born 29 December 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a jazz saxophonist and clarinet player. Since the 1970s, Lovano has been one of the world's premiere tenor saxophone players, earning a Grammy award and several nods on Down Beat magazine's critics' and readers' polls. ...more on Wikipedia about "Joe Lovano"
Joe Marsala was a Chicago-based jazz clarinet player. He was active during the big band era. Marsala is notable as one of the early employers of drummer Buddy Rich. ...more on Wikipedia about "Joe Marsala"
Joe Morello (born July 17, 1929) is a jazz drummer perhaps best known for his years with Dave Brubeck. ...more on Wikipedia about "Joe Morello"
Joe Pass (born Joseph Anthony Passalaqua, January 13, 1929, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, died May 23, 1994, Los Angeles, California), was a virtuoso jazz guitarist. ...more on Wikipedia about "Joe Pass"
John Patitucci (born 1959) is an American jazz double bass player, specializing in hard bop, contemporary and Brazilian jazz. At first known best for his electric bass playing, he now plays mostly acoustic. ...more on Wikipedia about "John Patitucci"
John Serry is a lesser-known jazz pianist who has been praised as an excellent keyboardist and composer by musicians and critics alike. His distinct sound as a composer has been remarked as having been ahead of the times and singular in composition. He is also a talented percussionist who overlayed himself playing drum set and keyboard percussion on his albums. ...more on Wikipedia about "John Serry"
Leon Roppolo ( March 16, 1902 – October 5, 1943) was a prominent early jazz clarinetist, best known for his playing with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Roppolo also played saxophone and guitar ...more on Wikipedia about "Leon Roppolo"
Louis Prima ( December 7, 1910- August 24, 1978) was an Italian- American entertainer, singer, actor, and trumpeter born in New Orleans. ...more on Wikipedia about "Louis Prima"
Dominic James "Nick" La Rocca ( New Orleans, Louisiana April 11, 1889 - New Orleans February 22 1961) was an early jazz trumpeter and the leader of the Original Dixieland Jass Band. According to La Rocca himself, he was "The Creator of Jazz", "The Christopher Columbus of Music", and "The most lied about person in history since Jesus Christ". ...more on Wikipedia about "Nick LaRocca"
George Vital Laine aka Papa Jack ( September 21, 1873 - June 1, 1966) was the most busy and perhaps the most important band leader in New Orleans in the years from the Spanish-American War to World War I. ...more on Wikipedia about "Papa Jack Laine"
Pat Martino (born Pat Azzara, August 25, 1944) in South Philadelphia is an Italian-American jazz guitarist and composer. He began playing the guitar at a young age, and began playing professionally at age 15. Pat played and recorded early in his career with ...more on Wikipedia about "Pat Martino"
Rocco Scott LaFaro ( April 3, 1936, Newark, New Jersey - July 6, 1961, Flint, New York) was one of the most influential jazz bassists of the 20th century. Growing up in a musical family (his father played in many big bands), LaFaro started on piano while in elementary school, began on the bass clarinet in Junior High School, changing to tenor saxophone when he entered High School. He only took up the double bass the summer before he entered college, since learning a string instrument was required for music majors. About three months into college, LaFaro decided to concentrate on bass. ...more on Wikipedia about "Scott LaFaro" shortopedia, just the best. shortopedia
Joseph "Sharkey" Bonano (He sometimes billed himself as Sharkey Banana or Sharkey Bananas) ( April 9, 1904 – March 27, 1972) was a jazz trumpeter, band leader, and vocalist. ...more on Wikipedia about "Sharkey Bonano"
Joseph Matthews Mannone (sic), much better known as Wingy Manone ( 13 February, 1900 - 9 July, 1982) was a jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader. ...more on Wikipedia about "Wingy Manone"
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