Composers, Musicians, and Singers
Margaret Marian McPartland, (20 March 1918 – 20 August 2013), jazz pianist, composer and writer. She was the host of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio from 1978 until 2011. In 1969 she founded Halcyon Records, a recording company that produced albums for ten years. In 2000 she was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. In 2004 she was given a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. In 2010 she was named a member of the Order of the British Empire.
Marian Anderson, the elegant and groundbreaking contralto who was the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, was born 116 years ago today in Philadelphia. She is probably best known to this generation for singing before a crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, after being refused permission to sing at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. DAR has made the effort to make up for the slight ever since, inviting Ms. Anderson to sing at the hall o
Giacomo Puccini, (1858-1924,) - the Italian composer whose Operas are among the important Operas considered standards. Puccini has been called "the greatest composer of Italian Opera after Verdi." Click here for one of his most famous arias: www.youtube.com/...
Miles Davis, Bill Evans & Paul Chambers - Epic photo taken during the recording sessions of Kind of Blue