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Dave Douglas

Biography: DAVE DOUGLAS (born March 24, 1963) “Trumpet Player of the Year”, “Jazz Artist of the Year”, the Guy with Two First Names by Mark Allred By now, Dave Douglas has been named “Trumpet Player of the Year” and “Jazz … Continue reading

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Eric Dolphy

Biography: “This is not music to roller skate by,” wrote A.B. Spellman of jazz multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy’s 1964 release Out to Lunch.  Consisting entirely of compositions written by Dolphy, Out to Lunch demands attention from the listener from its first notes.  By the third song … Continue reading

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Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby

Biography For many, Bing Crosby’s musical legacy remains nothing more than the annual Christmas ritual of watching the 1954 film White Christmas.  He appears to some as the antiquated song and dance man in black and white; the old fashioned … Continue reading

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Julian Edwin Adderley

Biography: Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley, a legendary alto saxophonist, was born in Tampa, FL on Sept. 15, 1928. The nickname “Cannonball” came to him early on in his childhood and referred to his portly stature. He will always be known … Continue reading

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Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton

Biography: Jelly Roll Morton (1890 – 1941) was the first great composer and piano player of Jazz. He was a talented arranger who wrote special scores that took advantage of the three-minute limitations of the 78 rpm records. But more … Continue reading

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Curtis Lee Mayfield

Biography: CURTIS LEE MAYFIELD (b. June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) by Mark Allred You are right. The music of Curtis Mayfield is not considered JAZZ. Yet he has influenced those who are considered jazz. In fact he has … Continue reading

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Nov 09, 2014 performance

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Oct, 2014 performance

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Sept, 2014 performance

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July, 2014 performance

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