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"The Mellvids" Big Band (band/orchestra)

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"The Mellvids" are a 20 piece big band from Gent, Belgium. The composition of the orchestra is that of the swing big bands and jazz orchestras of the thirties & fourties and has 4 sections : trombones, trumpets, saxophones and rhythm. The...

Aaron Woolley (trumpet)

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Aaron Woolley is a Trumpet player in the Los Angeles area who is trained in Big Band Jazz, as well as Classical. He began playing piano at the age of 4, and has taken lessons since. He began playing trumpet after the 4th grade, and has...

Abel Ramirez (drums)

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Adam Linsley (trumpet)

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I have recorded a new CD to raise money for Lindsey Lodge Hospice in North Lincolnshire, UK The hospice is an amazing place, they cared for my Mother in her later stages of secondary breast cancer offering both day care and then full time...

Aidan Dempsey (saxophone)

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Lead Alto/Soprano with the Essential Big Band, Dublin. Monday night session @ Grainger Public House, Malahide Road, Dublin, Ireland, Western Europe. Tenor/Alto/Soprano with the Dublin Jazz Pigs

Al Chez (trumpet)

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Al was born in Jersey city, New Jersey in 1961. His father a country and western singer and his mother always had a love for music. When Alan was three his parents took him and his two older brothers Michael and Peter to a drum and bugle...

Al Hibbler (vocalist)

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A distinctive baritone singer who came into prominence with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the 1940s, and scored a hit later with his version of the song “Unchained Melody." Albert Hibbler was born in August of 1915 in the little...

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student All-Star Band

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The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student All-Star Band is a highly select group of student musicians, chosen by competitive audition from music students in the Birmingham, Alabama area, directed by Ray Reach. Students in the current group...

Alan Chan (composer/conductor)

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Working musicians in some large ensembles can be forgiven for zoning out from time to time between their assigned parts, as long as they come through on cue. But when you’re performing the challenging big band music of Alan Chan, there's...

Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra (composer/conductor)

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Working musicians in some large ensembles can be forgiven for zoning out from time to time between their assigned parts, as long as they come through on cue. But when you’re performing the challenging big band music of Alan Chan, there's...

Alan Glasscock Orchestra (piano)

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Alan Glasscock began his interest in big band and swing music while still in elementary school, listening to such artists as The Andrews Sisters and Glenn Miller, even at that young age. After taking up the piano, Glasscock attended the...

Allison Leigh Wiks (sax, baritone)

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Andre Hayward (trombone)

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Andre Hayward is an extremely gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. His gospel-tinged approach is refreshing and will warm the hearts of anyone he comes in contact with. He is by no means a...

Andrew King (drums)

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I am a Grade VIII standard drummer and percussionist, any one looking for a drummer/percussionist?

Andy Kirk (composer/conductor)

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In 1929, Kirk formed his band in Kansas City, and remained active until 1948. Their pianist, and the band's arranger, was Mary Lou Williams, who went on to become a prominent figure in her own right. Kirk’s was one of the earliest...

Anita Brown (band/orchestra)

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Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra gave its debut performance on August 15, 2000 at The Cutting Room in New York City, under the direction of its founder, composer/conductor Anita Brown. Since then, this dynamic ensemble has given performances at...

Anita O'Day (vocalist)

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Born Anita Belle Colton in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1919, O’Day got her start as a teen. She eventually changed her name to O’Day and in the late 1930’s began singing in a jazz club called the Off-Beat, a popular hangout for...

Annette Hanshaw (vocalist)

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Annette Hanshaw whose career only lasted about 10 years was known as “The Personality Girl". Her short-lived recording career produced upwards to 250 sides. Annette was often confused for the voice of Betty Boop - singer Helen Kane....

Annie McClendon (vocalist)

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To Purchase Annie McClendon's latest CD's, drop her an email direct at Jazzhottie24@aol.com for more information. There isn't much musically that Annie McClendon can't do, and do well and she is steadily making a name for herself in the...

Anthony Paul Gairo (saxophone)

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Tony Gairo maintains an active schedule of performances as a leader of the Tony Gairo Band, an 11-piece ensemble based primarily in Philadelphia, and the Tony Gairo Big Band, a 17-piece Jazz Orchestra and as a sideman in a variety of...

Arnett Cobb (sax, tenor)

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One of the classic Texas Tenors, there was always excitement elicited by Cobb’s uninhibited, blasting style which earned him the label “Wild Man of the Tenor Sax." Arnette Cleophus Cobbs, was born on August 10, 1918, in Houston,...

Art Lillard (drums)

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Art Lillard is a musician with many gifts. In each of his musical roles - drummer, composer, arranger and bandleader - he shares with us his unique and refreshing contribution to our musical culture. He has been leading his own jazz...

Artie Shaw (clarinet)

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Artie Shaw, a brilliant jazz clarinetist, was one of the most enigmatic, daring and adventurous bandleaders of the swing-era. An intellectual, he hated public life and the music industry. Over the course of his short career he formed ten...

Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra (band/orchestra)

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At the forefront of Brooklyn’s burgeoning big band scene, the Japanese-born composer Asuka Kakitani has attracted some of New York’s finest jazz artists with her adventurous, melodically charged charts. After several years of regular...

Barcelona Big Latin Band (band/orchestra)

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This big band with a European flavor, conducted by the unnerving Ramon Escalé and made up of stars of the Spanish jazz scene, presents a new musical project based on original numbers with Mediterranean roots and traditional tunes from...

Barney Bigard (clarinet)

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One of the premier clarinet players in the history of jazz, Barney Bigard remains immortal. Bigard carried the influence of his birth city, New Orleans, throughout his career. He played tenor sax but later concentrated on clarinet, which...

Barrie Lee Hall Jr. (trumpet)

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Rarely does the phone ring at 3 a.m. with good news. But nearly 37 years ago, when Barrie Lee Hall Jr.’s mother-in-law woke him because there was “some ‘Duke’ on the phone,” the early-morning call launched a career. The...

Beats & Pieces Big Band (band/orchestra)

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Winners of the Burghausen European Young Artists' Award 2011 and 2012 Ensemble of the Year nominees in the UK’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards, the Beats & Pieces Big Band are fast becoming one of the country's most talked about jazz groups....

Benjamin Roy (producer)

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I'm a French composer & producer. Try the new Big Band sound. Swallow a Pepper Pill and feel the raw energy of a big band pumping out a deep house sound. 20 excellent musicians sending you pulsing to the dance floor. Funky arrangements and...

Bennie Moten (composer/conductor)

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Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, blues-based musical style that flourished in the 1920s and '30s, is one of the greatest contributions to the uniquely American art form of jazz. Of the countless musicians and bandleaders who played at...

Benny Moten (bass)

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No relation to Kansas City pianist-bandleader Bennie Moten, Benny Moten was a solid and supportive bassist for decades. He began seriously playing professionally in 1941 and Moten's many musical associations included Hot Lips Page, Jerry...

Benny Waters (saxophone)

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Longevity, versatility and virtuosity are words that inevitably come to mind when describing Benny Waters, whose career as a clarinetist, saxophonist, vocalist, composer and arranger encompassed eight decades, and his playing reflected...

Betty Roche (vocalist)

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Betty Roche’s recording of “Take the A Train" with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1952 has remained one of the most famous and enduring of Ellington's recordings, and the song with which she is associated. Born Mary Elizabeth Roche...

Big Band Brothers

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The Big Band Brothers The Big Band Brothers is a brass ensemble made up of talented musicians playing brass and percussion instruments in both commercial and theatrical activities. The Big Band Brothers was formed in October 2005, and...

Big Nick Nicholas (sax, tenor)

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Tenor saxophonist Big Nick Nicholas was active for more than 50 years without ever receiving consistent recognition or material rewards commensurate with his contribution to early modern jazz. He is usually remembered as the caloric...

Bill Finegan (arranger)

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Bill Finegan, an architect of the big band sounds of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller later traded in commercial success to co-create the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, which produced music that still stands as some of the most experimental of the...

Bill Holman (sax, tenor)

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Born Willis Leonard Holman on May 21, 1927 in Olive, CA, near Santa Ana, Bill Holman took up clarinet in junior high school and tenor saxophone in high school by which time he was leading his own band. After serving in the Navy and...

Bill Hughes (trombone)

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Trombonist Bill Hughes, the Director of the Count Basie Orchestra since 2003, was born in Texas in 1930 in the midst of the Depression. Hughes’s family moved to Washington, DC when he was nine years old. His father, who worked for the...

Bill Perkins (saxophone)

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Bill Perkins was essentially a West Coast jazz musician, but in his varied career worked with music legends like Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Art Pepper, Duke Ellington's band, and with Victor Feldman played on some of Steely Dan's legendary...

Bill Tapia (guitar)

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Hawaiian and jazz entertainer/storyteller Bill “Tappy" Tapia celebrates his 100th birthday and nine decades in music with various friends and entertainers. A performer since World War I, Bill has embarked on perhaps the unlikeliest...

Bill Tole (trombone)

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BILL TOLE BIOGRAPHY Born in Pittsburgh, PA., Bill Tole comes from a musical family. His father was a high school band director and a representative for Selmer and King musical corporations for many years and has been active as a...

Bill Warfield (trumpet)

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Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Bill Warfield graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where he was garnered with the Maynard Ferguson Scholarship, the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Jazz, and the Carmine...

Billy Eckstine (vocalist)

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By the time he reached his peak popularity in 1950, he rivaled Frank Sinatra as the country's most popular vocalist. In fact he was dubbed “the sepia Sinatra," although he was known most often as “Mr. B." Billy Eckstine was a...

Billy May (composer/conductor)

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The last of the great arrangers who wrote regularly for Frank Sinatra, Billy May had several varied careers in and out of jazz. His first notable gig was as an arranger/trumpeter with Charlie Barnet (1938-1940), for whom he wrote the...

Billy Strayhorn (piano)

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If you are familiar with the jazz composition, “Take the A Train," then you know something about not only Duke Ellington, but also Billy “Sweet Pea" Strayhorn, its composer. Strayhorn joined Ellington's band in 1939, at the age...

Blanche Calloway (vocalist)

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Blanche Calloway - vocalist, bandleader (1902 - 1978) Blanche Calloway was a popular singer and bandleader during the 1930s. She studied music at Morgan State College before dropping out to pursue a career in show business. Her big break...

Bob Bain (guitar)

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Bob Bain earned his place as the number one guitarist for many Hollywood studios in the 1950s and ’60s. He played on countless jingles, albums, and soundtracks for television and movies. There were also many years of live radio. Records...

Bob Cochran (trombone)

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Bob Cochran started playing the trombone at age 12. His trombone teachers include Jack Harris, Lauren Buslee, Robert Bailey, Edward Huttlin and Tom Ervin. Bob has attended clinics given by Urbie Green, Ralph Sauer and Bob McChesney. Bob...

Bob Cooper (saxophone)

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One of the great West Coast tenors, Bob Cooper made even the most complex solos sound swinging and accessible. “Coop" joined Stan Kenton's big band in 1945, and he was a fixture with several of the editions (including the Innovations...
 
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