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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Cornetist Jimmy McPartland was born in Chicago this day in 1907. He died in 1991.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

One of the most important and influential guitarists in jazz history was born this day in 1923 in Indianapolis. Wes Montgomery forged his unique style from new developments in jazz harmony and melody and improvements in the manufacture of electric guitars
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist and flute player Bobby Jaspar was born this date in 1926 in Liege, Belgium. He developed his jazz reputation in Paris in the early 1950s before moving to New York, where he soon performed or toured with J.J. Johnson, Miles Davis, Donald Byrd a
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trombonist Wilbur DeParis was born this day in 1900 in Crawfordsville, Ind. He began his musical career around age 12, playing in tent shows and carnival bands. He had several bands of his own, including his "New" New Orleans Band, formed in 1947, after t
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Cornetist Wild Bill Davison was born this day in 1906 in Defiance, Ohio. For most of the 1930s, Davison played traditional jazz in Milwaukee. It was in the beer capital of America that Davison almost saw his career ended by a lip injury in 1939, when a fl
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpet great Chet Baker, the horn player whose sound mirrored his soft, haunting vocals, was born this day in 1929 in Yale, Okla.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Pianist Willie "the Lion" Smith was born this date in 1897 in Goshen, N.Y. He was one of the top Stride pianists on the New York jazz scene from the 1930s into the 1970s. He died in 1973.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trumpeter and arranger Andy Gibson was born this day in 1913 in Zanesville, Ohio. He spent much of the 1930s playing in a succession of big bands before becoming a free-lance arranger for Count Basie, Charlie Barnet, Cab Calloway and Harry James.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Tenor saxophonist Chu Berry was born this day in 1910 in Wheeling, W.Va. He was a full-blown, fast-fingered master of the tenor horn who remains under-rated despite his sound and his key role in the Cab Calloway band from 1937 until his death in 1941 from
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist, arranger and composer Edgar Sampson was born this day in 1907 in New York City. While he played with the early Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Rex Stewart and Chick Webb bands, Sampson was one of the most widely heard but least celebrated
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Pianist Hank Jones, oldest musical brother in one of the foremost families in jazz, was born this day in 1918 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The other brothers in the Jones triumvirate are drummer Elvin and the late trumpeter Thad Jones.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Tenor saxophonist Corky Corcoran was born this day in 1924 in Tacoma, Wash. He was a soloist with the Harry James orchestra in the 1940s.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Trombonist, violinist and singer Lou McGarity was born this day in 1917 in Athens, Ga. He worked extensively with Benny Goodman, the Yank Lawson-Bob Haggart Jazz Band and was a founding member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band. He died in 1971 of a heart
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Saxophonist Ernie Wilkins was born this day in 1922 in St. Louis. A fine musical arranger, Wilkins wrote charts for the Count Basie and Harry James orchestras and many other musicians. He helped redefine the Basie Band sound in the 1950s.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was born this day in 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. He played within the jazz format but rejected most of the prevailing conventions of the bebop and avant- styles for what has best been described as uncompromising abstractions.
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Henry Haag “Harry” James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an American musician and bandleader. James was an instrumentalist of the swing era, employing a bravura playing style that made his trumpet work identifiable. He was one of the most popular bandleaders of the first half of the 1940s, and he continued to lead his band until just before his death, 40 years later.

He was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of a bandleader of a traveling circus. By the age of 10 he was taking trumpet lessons from his father, who placed him on a strict daily practice schedule. Each day, James was given one page to learn from the Arban's book and was not allowed to pursue any other pastime until he had learned that particular page.

In 1931 the family settled in Beaumont, Texas, where James began playing with local dance bands.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Harry James."
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