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Superstars Flock to North Sea Festival

July 7th, 2010 Smooth Jazz Network

Stars ranging from Stevie Wonder to Norah Jones to Al Green are heading to Rotterdam, Holland…

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Chick Corea

Chick Corea

Armando Anthony Corea was born on June 12, 1942 in Chelsea, Massachusetts and his father was a trumpet player who performed Dixieland Jazz in the Boston area in the 1930s and ‘40s. Chick began learning piano at the age of four and drums at eight years old. His early Jazz influences included Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie…

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Wayman Tisdale Documentary To Screen In His Hometown

June 3rd, 2010 Brian

A new documentary on the life of basketball and smooth jazz star Wayman Tisdale…

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Stan Getz

Stan Getz

Stanley Gayetzky was born on February 2, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in the Bronx in New York City. Stan’s parents were Ukrainian Jews emigrating in 1903 and Stan grew up relatively poor. His mother pushed him to work his hardest and he had an interest in all instruments from an early age in addition to being…

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Joe Pass

Joe Pass

Joseph Anthony Passalaqua was born January 13, 1929 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Though not from a musical family, Pass was inspired to play the guitar after seeing Gene Autry perform the role a guitar playing cowboy and so his parents bought him his first guitar on his ninth birthday. By the time Joe was…

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Freddie Hubbard

Freddie Hubbard

Frederick Dewayne Hubbard was born on April 7, 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana was first introduced to Jazz by his older brother, Eamon Jr., a piano player who loved Bud Powell. Freddie played the…

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Ben Webster

Ben Webster

Benjamin Francis Webster was born on march 27, 1909 in Kansas City, Missouri and took to music early on. Ben started on violin as a young child and also learned how to play piano from his neighbor Pete Johnson. Once Webster learned how to play some saxophone from Budd Johnson he stuck with the instrument and began playing in the Young Family Band…

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Miles Davis



Miles Davis

Miles Dewey Davis III was born on May 26, 1926 in Alton, Illinois. Miles’ mother was a blues pianist though she kept this hidden from him and his father a dentist. Davis began studying trumpet at the age of thirteen with local musician Elwood Buchanan and…

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Frank Sinatra

Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, NJ. His father worked as a fireman and Frank’s mother was heavily involved in local politics as well as ran an illegal abortion clinic out of her home. Frank lasted 47 days in high school before being expelled for his conduct. During the depression on the 1930s Sinatra worked delivering newspapers and as a riveter at a shipyard. Frank heard Bing…

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Chet Baker

Chesney Henry Baker Jr. was born on December 23, 1929 in Yale, Oklahoma. Chet began making music as a child singing in his church choir. His father, a professional guitar player, introduced Chet to the trombone at a young age but Baker switched to trumpet because the trombone was too large for him. Baker studied a little music at Glendale Junior High School but left school at the age of sixteen and…

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Dave Brubeck

David Warren Brubeck was born on December 6, 1920 in California. Dave’s mother studied classical piano in England with the intention of being a concert pianist and she gave piano lessons at home for extra money. Although Dave originally was not interested in the piano, he did take lessons from his mother though he never learned to read music and was able to get by with his fantastic ears. It…

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Joe Sample Touring With Reunited Jazz Crusaders – First Time Since 1974…

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Betty Carter

Betty Carter

Lillie Mae Jones was born on May 16, 1929 in Flint, Michigan and was surrounded by the music of the church growing up as her father was the musical director at their local church. Betty's mother was a religious woman who felt Jazz was the 'devil's music' though Betty was…

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Keith Jarrett

Keith Jarrett

was born on May 8, 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and was a prodigy from the start. At the age of three he began piano lessons and by the time Jarrett was five years old he appeared on a television talent show. Keith gave his first formal recital at…

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Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery

John Leslie Montgomery was born on March 6, 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana to a musical family as his brother Monk played bass and Buddy the vibraphone. Incredibly, Wes didn’t pick up the guitar until he was nineteen years old but clearly had tons of natural talent for the instrument. Wes learned by ear and was able to play…

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Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

John Birks Gillespie was born on October 21, 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina and was the youngest of nine children. Dizzy taught himself piano and trombone at an early age and was inspired to switch to the trumpet at age twelve upon hearing his greatest early influence, Roy Eldridge. Gillespie received a scholarship to attend the Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina but…

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Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Herbert Jeffrey Hancock was born on April 12, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois and considered a prodigy as a child. When Herbie was eleven years old he performed a Mozart concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Hancock began taking an interest in Jazz in his teens and transcribed records of Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans and also was into the vocal…

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Billie Holiday



Billie Holiday

Elinore Harris was born on April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and had a very difficult childhood from the beginning. Billie’s mother Sadie was only thirteen at the time of becoming pregnant and her mother kicked her out of the house. Sadie left to Philadelphia where Billie was born and then took Billie to live…

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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia and moved with her mother to live in Yonkers, New York at a young age. As a young girl Ella’s desire was to be a dancer though she did love listening to recordings of Jazz singers including Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and The Boswell Sisters and loved Connee Boswell.…

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Natalie Cole Named Spokesperson For Kidney Organization

April 29th, 2010 Brian

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Natalie Cole has been named a national spokesperson for the United Kidney Research Organization, a…

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