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I think Jimmy Smith is one of those rare individuals who's over-powering mastery of his chosen instrument creates a "style lineage" ...a school, of sorts, through which all Hammond B3 organist must go through. We've only played together once, as I sat in with his band at a club in San Diego...and, talk about, "Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seat-belts!"...the set I played with Jimmy was one helluva ride!

Swing jazz pianist Teddy Wilson was born today 11-24 in 1912. He was a featured pianist with some of the big names in music like Louis Armstrong, Leana Horn, Benny Goodman, Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. He was an early musician to appear prominently with white musicians in bands when those were still largely segregated. He passed in 1986.

Sarah Vaughan plays the piano as Duke Ellington and Billy Eckstine look on, circa 1950. The Newark, NJ-born Ms. Vaughan studied piano as a child and went on to win first prize at the Apollo Theater’s famous Amateur Night competition. Billy Eckstine was in the audience that night and before long, Ms. Vaughan would sing with Mr. Eckstine in his band. Her recording of “The Duke Ellington Songbook, Vol. 1 and 2,” is still unmatched for its beauty and brilliance. Photo by Gilles Pet

The word “jazz” appeared for the first time in print 100 years ago today. Guess the name of this unforgettable Zippo lover and influential Jazz musician.

Melba Liston began her career as an arranger, composer and trombonist in 1943. She first recorded with Dexter Gordon in 1947, after which she played with Dizzy Gillespie. Liston released her first album, 'Melba Liston and Her Bones', in 1958.

Wynton Kelly and Gene Ramey by Francis Wolff Hackensack, New Jersey, December 16, 1956 #jazz

Stan Getz (1927 - 1991), the American jazz saxophonist and composer who helped to make popular the 'bossa nova' style of jazz. (Photo by Aubrey Hart/Getty Images)

Cheraw native Dizzy Gillespie and Marian McPartland. Much of America's blues and jazz influences are deeply rooted in the rhythms and melodies of the rural South. One artist who has greatly contributed to these genres' continued popularity is South Carolina's own John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. Together with Charlie Parker, he was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz.

Charlie Parker, a saxophone player, was born on 29th August 1920, in Kansas When he was growing up as a jazzman at the the 1930s, swing was at the peak of jazz. popularity. During the 1940s and 1950s, he created and established the bebop from of modern jazz, which is till a common style used today. His new style of music featured complex.

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