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Jazz Composers

One of my favorite music stories ever is when Migus got pissed off at an off time piano player so he walked over to the piano mid-song and tore out the piano strings with his bare hands. Big scary dude but one of the greats.

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* Duke Ellington: selected songs 1927-1953 + gallery

Duke Ellington. "Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it." . . . "By and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with."

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Sade (born Helen Folasade Adu; Lead vocalist for the smooth jazz band Sade. She received an OBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace for services to music. Voted 30 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music, & with the band, voted 50 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Winner of 4 Grammy awards, & seller of 50 million records worldwide. Also winner of an American Music Award, & a BRIT award)

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Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), "was American jazz pianist and composer considered one of the giants of American music.[He] had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire" Source: Wikipedia

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Thelonious Monk rehearsing in a New York loft with saxophonists Phil Woods and Charlie Rouse, 1959.

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