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Duke Ellington

Edward Kennedy Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C. Duke’s mother was the daughter of a slave and while Duke was growing up she would surround him with very conservative women to teach him the manners and lifestyle that fell in line with this image. Ellington’s manner and way of being at such a young age caused his childhood friends to begin calling him ‘Duke’. Duke began taking piano lessons…

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Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson was born on April 24, 1937 in Lima, Ohio to family that included fourteen siblings. Joe was encouraged by his parents and one of his older brothers to study music and very early on was introduced to recordings of Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker and Jazz at the Philharmonic. Henderson also loved the…

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ESB Jazz Radio Top Played Artists - 04/04/10

ESB Jazz Radio Top Played Artists:

1. Brian Bromberg

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Smooth Jazz Charts - Album - 04/04/10

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Jonathan Butler Records “Rivers Of Babylon” For A Good Cause

April 9th, 2010 Brian

Guitarist Jonathan Butler sings vocals on a new version of the reggae standard “Rivers of Babylon” on Generosity Water…

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Smooth Jazz Charts - Song- 04/04/10

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American Smooth Jazz Awards



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ESB Jazz Radio Album Charts - 04/10/10

ESB Jazz Radio most played albums:

Heartfelt - Fourplay

1. Heartfelt Fourplay

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Herbie Hancock - New CD Set For June Release

Herbie Hancock - New CD Set For June.

Release Hot off the press is news that ‘The Imagine Project’ from legendary musician Herbie Hancock is scheduled for release on June 22, 2010. Using the universal language of music to express its central themes of peace and global responsibility, the album (and the documentary film that will accompany it) captures the collaborations which combine Hancock’s genre-defying vision with the music of cultures… Continue

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Jimmy Smith

James Oscar Smith was born on December 8th of either 1925 or 1928 in Norristown, PA. Smith grew up in a musical family and learned piano from both of his parents. When Jimmy was twelve years old he won a stride piano competition and worked professionally as a teen with his father as a song and dance duo. Smith went to the Navy and after discharge in 1947 was able to attend…

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Jaco Pastorius

John Francis Pastorius III was born on December 1, 1951 in Norristown, PA and grew up in and around Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. Jaco attended catholic school growing up and was an altar boy at the adjoining church. He attended Northeast High school in Oakland Park, Fl and proved to be a talented athlete as well as musician. While in high school, Jaco played football, basketball and baseball in addition several…

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Charlie Parker

Charlie ‘Yardbird’ Parker was born on August 29th, 1920 in Kansas City, Kansas and his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri a few years later. He began on saxophone in school at age eleven, and played baritone saxophone in the high school band until dropping out of school at age fourteen to concentrate on music.



At this time he…

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Art Blakey

Art Blakey was born on October 11, 1919 in Pittsburgh, PA to a religious family and began learning and playing music in church. His first instrument was actually the piano and as a child become a young master of both the piano and the bible. As a teen, Art played piano at the Democratic Club in Pittsburgh and was ordered off the piano and onto the drums. The owner of the…

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Ornette Coleman

Ornette Cole was born on March 9, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas and taught himself the tenor saxophone by the age of fourteen. Coleman found the poverty and racism surrounding him to be too much too bear and hit the road at age nineteen. Coleman first traveled around with Silas Green from New Orleans variety show and with rhythm and blues bands. After being assaulted after a show…

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Dexter Gordon

Dexter Keith Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 in Los Angeles, California. Dexter was perhaps destined for greatness from the beginning as his father was one of the first African-American doctors in the city and his mother was the daughter of Captain Edward Baker who was one of five African-Americans to receive a Medal of Honor in the Spanish-American War. Gordon began…

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Ken Navarro - Dreaming Of Trains

Ken Navarro is a lover. A lover of intensely colored, great and detailed music, a lover of musical dreams, realized in all their attractiveness and breathtaking perfection in one album. Dreaming of…

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Nat King Cole

Nathaniel Adams Coles was born on March 17, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama and his family moved north to Chicago when he was two years old seeking a better life. Cole was around music growing up as his father was a pastor and his mother the choir director in the same church. Nat learned piano by…

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Paul Hardcastle Debuts New Official Version Of “19” Today

March 19th, 2010 Brian

Paul Hardcastle Today (March 19), U.K.-based instrumentalist and producer Paul Hardcastle is debuting the 25th anniversary full…

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ESB Jazz Radio Album Charts - 03/07/10

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Smooth Jazz Charts - Album - 02/28/10

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