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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trombonist Buster Cooper was born this day in 1929 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will headline the 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring the headliner's quintet Halford, co-headliners Testament, Immortal, Symphony X, Dark Tranquility, Amon Amarth, Carnal Forge and more.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Pianist Lou Levy was born this day in Chicago in 1928. In a widely varied career, the fleet-fingered bop pianist's longest association was 18 years of accompanying singer Peggy Lee.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, March 1, the 60th day of 2003 with 305 to follow.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Bandleader Glenn Miller was born this day in 1904 in Clarinda, Iowa. He flunked his music courses while attending the University of Colorado, but he went on to lead one of the 20th century's most commercially successful big bands.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Composer and pianist Hall Overton was born this day in 1920 in Bangor, Mich. He played with Stan Getz, Oscar Pettiford, Teddy Charles and Jimmy Rainey, and wrote arrangements for Thelonious Monk's historic orchestral concert at Town Hall in 1959.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist, singer and bandleader Tex Beneke was born this day in 1914 in Fort Worth, Texas. He soared in popularity after joining Glenn Miller's 1938 orchestra.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

A Blast from the Past

U-2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers was returned to the United States on this date in 1962. Powers had been shot down while flying a mission over the Soviet Union -- something the Soviets didn't take kindly to. He was exchanged for Rudolf Abel, who'd been cau
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Ventures guitarist Don Wilson, who was born in 1937 (age 66); Roberta Flack in 1939 (age 64); Jimmy Merchant of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers in 1940 (age 63); singer/songwriter Peter Allen was born in 1944; Donovan, whose full
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Feb. 8-14.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter Don Goldie was born this date in Newark, N.J., in 1930. He recorded brilliant solos with the Jack Teagarden Band during an association that began in 1959.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for Feb. 10-16.
By United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Earl Hines, one of the pianists who helped shape the history of jazz, was born this day in 1903 in Duquesne, Pa. His level of rhythmic and melodic invention was so influential other musicians nicknamed him "Fatha."
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Baby Dodds, the quintessential New Orleans drummer, was born on this day in 1898. He was the younger brother of clarinetist and bandleader Johnny Dodds.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Songwriter Andy Razaf was born this day in 1895. He was one of the great lyricists who teamed up regularly with pianist Fats Waller. Together, they wrote "Ain't Misbehavin' and "Honeysuckle Rose."
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International
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Members of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia, Yokota Air Base, Japan, entertain a crowd during their historic concert at Hiroshima, Japan on April 14, 2004. The group is attired in traditional US Army Air Corps uniform as part of their trademark Glenn Miller show. They also played tunes ranging from modern jazz to more traditional Big Band music. This is possibly the first time that an Air Force band has performed in Hiroshima since World War II. (UPI Photo/Val Gempis/Air Force)
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Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – missing December 15, 1944) was an American jazz musician (trombone), arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was one of the best-selling recording artists from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known "Big Bands". Miller's signature recordings include In the Mood, American Patrol, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and Pennsylvania 6-5000. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, Miller's plane disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. His body has never been found.

Miller was born on a farm in Clarinda, Iowa, to Lewis Elmer Miller and Mattie Lou (née Cavender) . He went to grade school in North Platte in western Nebraska. In 1915, Miller's family moved to Grant City, Missouri. Around this time, Miller had finally made enough money from milking cows to buy his first trombone and played in the town orchestra. In 1918, the Miller family moved again, this time to Fort Morgan, Colorado, where Miller went to high school. During his senior year, Miller became very interested in a new style of music called "dance band music." He was so taken with it that he formed his own band with some classmates. By the time Miller graduated from high school in 1921, he had decided he wanted to become a professional musician.

In 1923, Miller entered the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he joined Sigma Nu Fraternity, but spent most of his time away from school, attending auditions and playing any gigs he could get, most notably with Boyd Senter's band in Denver. He dropped out of school after failing three out of five classes one semester, and decided to concentrate on making a career as a professional musician. He later studied the Schillinger technique with Joseph Schillinger, under whose tutelage he composed what became his signature theme, Moonlight Serenade.

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