Bola Sete - 1960's
Played classical guitar & lutar - a lute-shaped
guitar of his own design. (b Rio de Janeiro, July 16, 1923;
d Greenbrae, CA, Feb 14, 1987) He played with Vince Guaraldi
& Dizzie Gillespie. He was harmonically influenced by
jazz, while he was grounded by his Brazilian roots.
Eddie Henderson - 1970's
Trumpet. Born in New York 10/26/40. He studied
formally at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was
encouraged by Miles Davis to give up his career as a doctor
to pursue a life of music. He worked with John Handy, Pharoah
Sanders & Stanley Cowell.
Shelly Manne -1970's
Drummer (b New York, June 11, 1920; d Los
Angeles, September 26, 1984) in the forefront of the West
Coast jazz scene, he played with nearly everyone, including
Conte Condoli, Teddy Wilson & Milt Hinton. He also ran
his own jazz club, Shelly's Manne-hole.
Art Pepper - 1970's
Alto saxophone. (b Gardenia, CA Sept 1, 1925;
d Panorama, CA June 1, 1982) His playing was fiery and more
powerful than his other West Coast counterparts. His life
was marred by drug abuse & a series of jail terms.
Vince Guaraldi - 1973
Piano. (b San Francisco July 17, 1928; d Menlo
Park, CA, February 6, 1976) Best known for the jazz-oriented
scores he wrote for the Charlie Brown television shows. He
worked with Woody Herman, Cal tjader & Conte Condoli.
Teddy Wilson - 1975
Piano. (b Austin, TX, November 24, 1912
d New Britian, CT, July 31, 1986) Perhaps one of the most
important pianists of the swing period. He had a very percussive
style reminiscent of Earl Hines. He worked with Benny Goodman,
Billie Holiday & Lester Young.
Billy Higgins - 1978
Drummer. (b Los Angeles 10/11/36). One of
the most recorded drummers in jazz, he1s recorded with Steve
Lacy, Donald Byrd, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen & Cedar
Walton, to name a few. He plays a restrained, loosely swinging
Hampton Hawes - 1979
Piano. (b Los Angeles November 13, 1928.
d Los Angeles May 22, 1977) Self-taught, he played with such
people as Dexter Gordon & Charlie Parker. He was known
for his rhythmic style & articulation of rapid melodic
Max Roach -1979
Drummer & composer. (b New Land, NC 1/10/24)
Max Roach has played with just about everyone. He's famous
for his early involvement with Charlie Parker & Dizzie
Gillespie, and has participated in all forms of jazz. As a
Drummer, along with Kenny Clark, he has established a poly-rhythmic
style used by nearly all drummers today.
Sonny Stitt - 1979
Alto & tenor saxophone. Born in Boston
2/2/24. Died in Washington 7/22/82. He played in the Charlie
Parker bebop fashion. Moved from alto to tenor in the 1950s.
He replaced John Coltrane in the Miles Davis Quintet in 1960.
He toured in various all-star groups, such as the Giants of
Jazz featuring Dizzie Gillespie, Thelonious Monk & Art
Bill Evans - 1980
Piano. (b Plainfield, NJ on 8/16/29. d New
York 9/15/80). One of the most influential jazz musicians
of his generation, he developed a bop language based on the
style for bud Powell. Working relationships with double bass
players were of significance in Evans1s career. He worked
closely with such bassists as Scott LaFaro, Eddie Gomez &
Dexter Gordon - 1980
Tenor sax. (b LA, 2/27/23) With such influences
as Sonny Rollins & John Coltrane, he was a major influence
on the modern tenor saxophone style. He was a prolific improviser
who never ran out of ideas.
George Adams & Don Pullen -1981
George Adams played the tenor sax & flute.
(b Covington, GA 4/29/40) Don Pullen played piano. (b Roanoke,
VA 12/25/41). Both played many styles of jazz and rhythm &
blues. They brought the sound from their work with the Charles
Mingus band to the Bach Society in 1981.
Stan Getz - 1983
Tenor sax. (b Philadelphia 2/2/27). His swinging
melodic style was very much in the vibrato-less tone of Lester
Young. His fusion of jazz & bossa nova was instrumental
in restoring jazz's popularity in the 1970's.
Lew Tabackin -1984
Tenor sax & flute. (b Philadelphia 3/26/40)
Co-led the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band and doubled
as the principle soloist. Played with Roland Hanna, Donald
Byrd & Elvin Jones.
Zoot Sims - 1985
Tenor sax. (b Inglewood, CA 10/29/25. d New
York 3/23/85). Having grown up in a family of Vaudeville artists,
he toured with dance bands and in 1943 began playing with
Benny Goodman. He toured with the band until the early 1970s.
He had a tireless, exuberant & driving sense of swing.
Milt Hinton - 1987
a.k.a. "The Judge". Bass. (b Vixburg,
MI 7/23/10. d 12/2000?) He was a member of Cab Calloway's
band from 1936 -1951. Also played with Count Basie & Louis
Armstrong. Much in demand for his full tone & impeccable
swing, he became the mainstay in many rhythm sections.
Joe Pass -- 1987
Guitar. Born in New Brunswick, NJ 1/13/29.
Remaining an obscurity until 1973, he immediately dominated
the jazz popularlarity polls upon his arrival on the scene.
By the 1980s he was probably the most widely recorded jazz
artist, accompanying such artists as Sarah Vaughn &
James Moody - 1990's
Alto & tenor sax & flute. (b Savannah,
GA 2/26/25) After working with Dizzie Gillespie throughout
the 1940s, he formed a septet and played R & B influenced
jazz. Worked with Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt.
Jerome Richardson - 1990's
Reeds. (b Sealy, TX 11/15/20 ) Extremely versatile
and adaptable, but particularly effective on the tenor sax
& flute, he has played with such artists as Lionel Hampton,
Gerald Wilson & Earl Hines.
Ernie Watts - 1991
Sax. (b Norfolk, VA 10/23/45) Originally touring
with Buddy Rich from 1966 - 1968, he moved to L A & began
working as a studio musician. He's recorded with Cannonball
Adderly, J. J. Johnson, and received a grammy award in 1982
for his work on the soundtrack to the film Chariots of Fire.
Ray Brown - 1994
Bassist, was (b Pittsburg, 10/13/26. Ray Brown
is probably the most notable bass player in the history of
jazz. He developed a legato style of walking bass, anchoring
the bottom on many early bop recordings. His style revolutionized
bass playing, and has been incorporated into the language
of the bass. His influence reaches all who touch the bass.
Jeff Hamilton - 1994
Drummer, (b Richmond, IN 8/4/53) he worked
with Lionel Hampton & Monty Alexander, and succeeded Shelly
Manne as the drummer in the L A Four in 1978. He plays many
styles of music.
Andy Simpkins - 1997
Bass. (b Richmond, IN 4/29/32). A founding
member of the Four Sounds in 1956, which in the following
year became the Three Sounds. Remained in the band until 1968.
Performed with Stephane Grappelli & Claire Fischer. His
driving legato style was drenched in swing.
Louie Bellson - 1998
Drums. (b Rock Falls, IL 7/26/24) Played with
Benny Goodman at age 17. He became the leading big band drummer,
playing with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey &
Benny Goodman. He1s known for inventing the double bass drum.
Milt Jackson - 1998
a.k.a. "Bags".(b Detroit 1/1/23).
Known mostly for his work with the Modern Jazz Quartet. He
was one of the first vibraphonists to master the bop style,
and is regarded as one of the finest performers on his instrument
in the history of jazz.
Steve Lacy - 1998
Soprano sax. (b New York 7/23/34). Known for
his avant - garde style. He's very influenced by Thelonious
Monk, and continues to play much of his repertoire. Performed
with Carla Blay & Gil Evans.
Gerry Wiggins - 1998
Piano. (b New York 5/12/22). Has/had a firm
touch and an all around musicianship. Worked with Lena Horne,
Helen Humes, Benny Carter & Louis Armstrong.