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Milton Brown

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...The bandleader and vocalist Milton Brown helped to develop the popular Western swing genre of the early twentieth century. Born in Texas in 1903, Brown graduated from high school and worked as a cigar salesman until the Great Depression...

Gil Evans

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...Gil Evans, born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1912, became a nexus for the emerging bebop and bop-derivative jazz genres that came out of New York City. Raised in Stockton, California, Evans moved to New York City permanently in 1946...

Bembeya Jazz

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...As a prominent interpreter of Guinean folk music, Bembeya Jazz National combined Afropop with its nation’s musical culture to produce one of the continent’s most popular sounds. Following Guinean independence in 1958, bands were encouraged...
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...Paul Samuel Whiteman, nicknamed “the King of Jazz” in the 1920s, was a jazz musician, composer, and band leader. Whiteman was born on March 28, 1890, in Colorado, USA. He began his career before the start of the First World War as a viola...
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...Next to James P. Johnson and Thomas “Fats” Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith was a jazz pianist during the early beginnings of jazz. Smith was renowned for his mastery of the “Harlem stride” piano style around the early to mid-twentieth...

Tony Bennett

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...As a singer, Tony Bennett maintained a successful career despite his form’s nadir in popularity in the late twentieth century. Born in New York City in 1926, Bennett’s early influences were jazz and stage performers. He was a talented...
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...Charlie “Yardbird” Parker is one of the very few of whom it has been said to have permanently changed jazz music with his techniques and improvisations on the saxophone. Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas, USA, but moved to Kansas...
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...As one of the most recognizable voices in mid-twentieth century popular music, Nat King Cole created a series of pop standards and established the form for pop-jazz trios. Cole was born in Alabama in 1919, and the family relocated...
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...Frank Sinatra, variously known as “The Voice”, “The Chairman of the Board”, and “Ol’ Blue Eyes”, is one of the most popular, most influential, and best-selling music artists in history. Aside from his singing career, both as a solo artist...
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...As blues music transitioned from acoustic to electric, Lonnie Johnson’s innovative style inspired a generation of artists to push new technology to its limits. Born into a musical family in New Orleans in 1899, Johnson learned to play...