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June 2016

Gregory Porter

Born in 1971 in sacramento California, greg porter is one of the most popular new voices in jazz. One of 7 children, greg began…

May 2016

O’Farrill Family

Widely regarded as one of the master architects of Afro Cuban Jazz, Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill almost became a lawyer.  Born into an Irish-German-Cuban…

April 2016

Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk is one of the first creators of modern jazz and bebop and is considered by all to be one of the greatest…

March 2016

Art Farmer

Largely overlooked during his formative years, Art Farmer’s consistently inventive playing was more greatly appreciated as he continued to develop. Along with Clark…

February 2016

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Few entertainers have ever commanded such depth of artistry in every medium. Fewer still have been rewarded with Broadway’s coveted Tony Award (Best…

January 2016

Sonny Stitt

Sonny Stitt (tenor and alto saxophonist) was born Edward Boatner Jr. on February 2, in 1924 in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in…

December 2015

Grachan Moncur III

Grachan Moncur III was born in New York City at Sydenham Hospital on June 3, 1937 into a musical family that included his…

November 2015

Darrell Grant

Born in 1962 in Philadelphia, Darrell Grant moved to Denver as a young child. Starting piano lessons before his teens, Grant was a…

October 2015

Milt Jackson

Before Milt Jackson, there were only two major vibraphonists: Lionel Hampton and Red Norvo. Jackson soon surpassed both of them in significance and,…

August 2015

Ernie Andrews

Ernie Andrews has managed to be both popular and underrated throughout his lengthy career. After his family moved to Los Angeles, he sang…

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