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Artist Profile: Chicago

Formed in Chicago, Illinois, in 1967. Chicago was a rock band that was originally named Chicago Transit Authority. They began…

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Artist Profile: Toto

Formed in 1977 in Los Angeles, California, Toto is a rock band that is currently composed of David Paich on…

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History of Jazz Music

In the early twentieth century, Jazz was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Considering that New Orleans had several different nationalities…

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The Police – An Iconic Rock Band

The Police was a British rock band from London that was formed in 1977. They played a style of rock…

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Biography of Jimmy Dorsey

Introduction: Jimmy Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was one of the highly-regarded musicians and big-band leaders during…

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Biography of Tommy Dorsey

  Introduction: Tommy Dorsey was an American musician and bandleader and one of the prominent figures of the Big Band…

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One-Hit Wonders: Bobby McFerrin

Introduction Bobby McFerrin is an American singer known for his late 80s music era hit, the very catchy “Don’t Worry,…

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Al Caiola and His Orchestra

Introduction Al Caiola and His Orchestra are known for their two successful instrumental tunes “The Magnificent Seven” and “Bonanza,” both…

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Brick and Their Disco Hit “Dazz”

Introduction Consisting of Jimmy Brown, Regi Hargis Hickman, Ray Ransom and Eddie Irons, Brick is an American funk/R&B, disco group…

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The Four Freshmen

Introduction for The Four Freshmen The Four Freshmen are an American jazz vocal group which have had a long and…

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The Story and Music of Stan “The Sound” Getz

  Introduction to Stan Getz Dubbed as “The Sound” for his light and warm sound, Stan Getz (1927-1991) was an…

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James Brown and His Backing Group The JB’s

Introduction to The JB’s The JB’s (also billed under the names The J.B.s, The James Brown Soul Train, Maceo and…

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The Story and Music of Jazz Trumpeter Sil Austin

Introduction Sil Austin is the late American saxophonist, born in 1929. Although his top preference would always be jazz, Austin…

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Introduction to Rickie Lee Jones

Introduction: Rickie Lee Jones is an American singer-songwriter, musician and producer who covered many genres such as R&B, pop, soul…

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Cannonball Adderley – a Jazz Saxophone Legend

  Introduction to Cannonball Adderley Cannonball Adderley was born Julian Edwin Adderley on September 15, 1928 in Tampa, Florida.  He…

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Bent Fabric and His Piano

Introduction to Bent Fabric and His Piano Bent Fabric (born Bent Fabricius-Bjerre in 1924 in Denmark) is a Danish pianist…

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Sammy Kaye and His “Sweet” Big Band Music

Introduction to Sammy Kaye Sammy Kaye was a bandleader and songwriter who, during the Big Band era, was the chief…

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The Life and Musical Works of Richard Hayman

  Introduction to Richard Hayman Richard Hayman (born on March 27, 1920) was an American conductor and arranger, having worked…

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Ray Bryant and His Prolific Music Career

Introduction to Ray Bryant Ray Bryant (born December 24, 1931 – died June 2, 2011) was American jazz pianist and…

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Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists

Introduction to Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists Paul Humphrey (born Paul Nelson Humphrey on October 12, 1935 in…

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Ray Barretto – Puerto Rico’s Musical Pride

  Introduction to Ray Baretto Ray Barretto (born April 29, 1929, died February 17, 2006) was born in Brooklyn, New…

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Manu Dibango and His Worldwide Hit “Soul Makossa”

  Introduction to Manu Dibango Manu Dibango is a jazz saxophonist and vibraphonist hailing from Africa’s French Cameroon.  An only…

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The Story and Music of Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

Introduction to Kenny Ball Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen were most popular trad jazz band in the early 60s music…

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The Venerable Singer Gloria Lynne

Introduction to Gloria Lynne Gloria Wilson, known by the stage name of Gloria Lynne, was an American jazz singer from…

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The Music of Etta Jones

Introduction to Etta Jones Etta Jones (not to be confused with the legendary singer Etta James) was an  American 60s…

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Introduction to Ernie Freeman

Career Summary Ernie Freeman (born Ernest Aaron Freeman in 1922 – died in 1981) was a 1950s music-era African-American pianist,…

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The Music of Ernie Fields

Introduction to Ernie Fields Ernie Fields (born Ernest Lawrence Fields in 1904 – died in 1997) was an African-American bandleader.…

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Peggy Lee – “Fever”

Introduction to Peggy Lee Peggy Lee is one of the most renowned figures in American entertainment history – she was…

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Introduction to Steely Dan

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker – the core of Steely Dan Donald Fagen and Walter Becker first met while attending…

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History of Julie London

Introduction Known for her sultry voice and sensual persona, Julie London was an actress and a singer. She was active…

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Norman Connors – “You Are My Starship”

Short introduction to Norman Connors Norman Connors is a noted American jazz drummer. Among the several R&B hits that have…

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El Chicano – “Viva Tirado”

Who are El Chicano? El Chicano are an American music group formed in the 1970s, whose repertoire include chicano rock…

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The Crusaders – “Street Life”

Introduction to the Crusaders The Crusaders are a group of musicians who are distinctively versatile — having their roots in…

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The Music and Harmonies of the 5th Dimension

  Introduction of the 5th Dimension The 5th Dimension are an American vocal group, formed in Los Angeles, California in…

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Teddi King, Pop and Jazz Songstress

A short career introduction to Teddi King American jazz and pop singer Teddi King started her road to a singing…

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Introduction to War

War had their beginnings in Long Beach, California way back in the early 1960s. High schoolers Howard E. Scott (guitars)…

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History of Little Feat

Formation of the band The formation of Little Feat occurred in Los Angeles, California in 1969. Little Feat was founded…

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Introduction to Rita Coolidge

Introduction to Rita Coolidge The very versatile and Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rita Coolidge is known for her hit songs “We’re…

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King Curtis – The Saxophone Virtuoso

Introduction to King Curtis King Curtis was an American professional saxophone player and sometime bandleader and session musician. He once…

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The Legendary Sammy Davis Jr.

Introduction Sammy Davis Jr. is considered one of the legendary all-around entertainers. Initially a tap dancer, he fought against all…

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Moe Koffman – A Multi-Talented and Respected Jazz Musician

Short career summary on Moe Koffman Moe Koffman was a jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and record producer. In 1950 the Canadian…

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History of Bobby Darin

A quick overview on Darin’s career Bobby Darin was an American singer-­songwriter and actor. In his time, Darin was considered…

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Teresa Brewer – the Versatile Singer

Introduction to Teresa Brewer Teresa Brewer was an American popular singer. She started singing when she was quite young, and…

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The Blackbyrds – “Walking in Rhythm”

The Blackbyrds – an introduction The Blackbyrds are an American R&B and jazz/funk group known for their hits such as…

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70s Music

Biography of Natalie Cole

Introduction Natalie Cole was an American African-American singer, songwriter and musician. More than just the daughter of the legendary crooner…

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Introduction to Al Hibbler

Short career summary on Al Hibbler Al Hibbler was a baritone singer, blind from birth. His versatility led him to…

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Biography of Boz Scaggs

Early life and career Blue-eyed soul, classic rock and jazz singer Boz Scaggs was born William Royce Scaggs on June…

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Eddie Heywood – “Canadian Sunset”

Introduction to Eddie Heywood Oldies music fans may remember Eddie Heywood Jr. as a great jazz pianist. Heywood played with…

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Introduction to Eddie Harris

Introduction Eddie Harris (born in 1934 – died in 1996) was an American jazz musician and comic recording artist, proficient…

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Ramsey Lewis — the Jazz Piano Master from Chicago

Career summary on Ramsey Lewis Grammy Award winner Ramsey Lewis is an American jazz pianist and composer who has also…

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Introduction to Deodato

Introduction Deodato (born Eumir Deodato de Almeida in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1943), is a Brazilian musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer,…

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Bill Doggett and His “Honky Tonk” Hit

Introduction Bill Doggett (born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1916 – died in 1996) was an American R&B jazz pianist, organist…

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Introduction to Al Hirt

Introduction Alois Maxwell Hirt or Al Hirt was an American trumpeter, born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1922. His reputation…

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