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October 2012

Jay Hoggard

Born in Washington, DC, Jay Hoggard was raised in Mt. Vernon, New York in a religious family. His father was a Bishop in…

September 2012

Von Freeman

Earl Lavon Freeman jazz tenor saxophonist, originally became known for his work with the Horace Henderson Group during the Late 1940s, and Sun…

August 2012

Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson was born August 15, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His parents were immigrants from the British West Indies and Virgin Islands….

July 2012

Etta James

Born January 25, 1938, Etta James was a gospel prodigy. In 1954, she moved to Los Angeles to record The Wallflower. By 1960,…

June 2012

Ornette Coleman

Early on in his career, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, recorded an album entitled,┬áThe Shape of Jazz To Come. It might have seemed like…

May 2012

Ray Barretto

For nearly 40 years, conguero and bandleader Ray Barretto has been one of the leading forces in Latin jazz. His hard, compelling playing…

April 2012

Marcus Roberts

Marcus Roberts, Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies, is widely known as one of the preeminent American jazz pianists of his generation. Throughout his…

March 2012

James “Red” Holloway

James W “Red” Holloway was born in Helena, Arkansas on May 31, 1927 to a mother who played piano and a father who…

February 2012

Marcus Printup

Trumpeter Marcus Printup, who was born and raised in Conyers, Georgia, had his first musical experiences hearing the fiery gospel music his parents…

January 2012

Sam Rivers

Few, if any, free jazz saxophonists have approached music with the same degree of intellectual rigor as Sam Rivers; just as few have…

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