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May 2022

Fats Waller

Fats Waller, byname of Thomas Wright Waller, (born May 21, 1904, New York City, New York, U.S.—died December 15, 1943, Kansas City, Missouri,…

April 2022

Billie Holiday

Tough times. Billie Holiday knew about them and sang about them. She had a rough start—her mother, Sadie, was only 13 and her…

March 2022

Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland has made jazz piano duets into something of an art form. Sure, it’s been done before, but not very often. There…

February 2022

Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker – saxophone, composer, recording artist, bandleader His name is synonymous with Funk Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little…

January 2022

Etta James

Few female R&B stars enjoyed the kind of consistent acclaim Etta James received throughout a career that spanned six decades; the celebrated producer…

December 2021

Woody Shaw

Woody Shaw, Jr. was born in Laurinburg, NC on Christmas Eve (December 24th), 1944. His father, Woody Shaw Sr., was a lead singer…

November 2021

Ernestine Anderson

Positioned squarely in the mainstream, at home in the worlds of jazz and pop standards as well as the blues, comfortable with small…

October 2021

Art Tatum

Art Tatum was among the most extraordinary of all jazz musicians, a pianist with wondrous technique who could not only play ridiculously rapid…

September 2021

John Coltrane

John Coltrane departed this mortal plane more than fifty years ago; today he remains among us, more alive than ever. His sound continues…

August 2021

John V. Brown

Bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and currently resides in Durham, NC. He is a…

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