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Featured Blog Posts – May 2011 Archive (3)

Joe Williams

Joe Williams

Joseph Goreed was born on December 12, 1918 in Cordele, Georgia. Joe’s father wasn’t around and very early on his mother moved them into her parent’s house while saving money for a move to Chicago. Joe’s mother first made the move to Chicago and worked as a cook for a wealthy family and when Joe was four she…

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Elvin Jones

Elvin Jones

Elvin Ray Jones was born on September 9, 1927 in Pontiac, Michigan, the youngest of ten children. Born into a musical family to say the least; among his siblings are jazz greats Hank and Thad Jones. By the time Elvin was thirteen years old he was already determined to be a great drummer, practicing 8-10 hours a day. Early drum…

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Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Randolph Hawkins was born on November 21, 1904 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Hawkins played cello at a very young age and began learning saxophone at the age of nine. He attended high school in Chicago and then Topeka, Kansas and studied harmony and composition for two years at Washburn College while still in…

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