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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Red Allen
Jazz Musician
7-Jan-1908 17-Apr-1967 Jazz trumpeter
Chet Baker
Jazz Musician
23-Dec-1929 13-May-1988 Jazz trumpeter, The Chet Baker Quartet
Count Basie
21-Aug-1904 26-Apr-1984 Big band pianist
Sidney Bechet
Jazz Musician
14-May-1897 14-May-1959 Jazz saxophonist
Bix Beiderbecke
Jazz Musician
10-Mar-1903 6-Aug-1931 Celebrated jazz cornetist
Tex Beneke
12-Feb-1914 30-May-2000 Saxophonist, The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Tony Bennett
3-Aug-1926   Left his heart in San Francisco
Bunny Berigan
Jazz Musician
2-Nov-1908 2-Jun-1942 Jazz trumpeter great
Eubie Blake
Jazz Musician
7-Feb-1883 12-Feb-1983 Ragtime jazz pianist
Buddy Bolden
Jazz Musician
6-Sep-1877 4-Nov-1931 Ragtime, pre-Jazz cornetist
Les Brown
14-Mar-1912 4-Jan-2001 Les Brown and his Band of Renown
Cab Calloway
Jazz Musician
25-Dec-1907 18-Nov-1994 King of Hi-De-Ho
Benny Carter
Jazz Musician
8-Aug-1907 12-Jul-2003 Jazz and big bandleader
Betty Carter
16-May-1929 26-Sep-1998 Jazz vocalist
Big Sid Catlett
Jazz Musician
10-Jan-1910 25-Mar-1951 Jazz/swing drummer
Kenny Clarke
9-Jan-1914 26-Jan-1985 Droppin' Bombs
Don Cornell
21-Apr-1919 23-Feb-2004 Big band singer, It Isn't Fair
Paul Desmond
Jazz Musician
25-Nov-1924 30-May-1977 Jazz alto saxophonist, Dave Brubeck Quartet
Roy Eldridge
Jazz Musician
30-Jan-1911 26-Feb-1989 Swing-era jazz trumpeter
Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician
29-Apr-1899 24-May-1974 It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Bill Evans
Jazz Musician
16-Aug-1929 15-Sep-1980 Jazz pianist
Ella Fitzgerald
25-Apr-1917 15-Jun-1996 The First Lady of Jazz
Erroll Garner
Jazz Musician
15-Jun-1921 2-Jan-1977 Misty
Stan Getz
Jazz Musician
2-Feb-1927 6-Jun-1991 Jazz tenor saxophonist
Dexter Gordon
Jazz Musician
27-Feb-1923 25-Apr-1990 Influential bop saxophonist
Bobby Hackett
Jazz Musician
31-Jan-1915 7-Jun-1976 Played with Glenn Miller, Jackie Gleason
W. C. Handy
16-Nov-1873 29-Mar-1958 Father of the Blues
Woody Herman
Jazz Musician
16-May-1913 29-Oct-1987 1940s Big Band leader, jazz clarinetist
Earl Hines
Jazz Musician
28-Dec-1903 22-Apr-1983 Everything Depends on You
Johnny Hodges
Jazz Musician
25-Jul-1907 11-May-1970 Jazz alto saxophonist
Lena Horne
30-Jun-1917 9-May-2010 Stormy Weather
Freddie Hubbard
Jazz Musician
7-Apr-1938 29-Dec-2008 Hard-bop jazz trumpet soloist
Alberta Hunter
1-Apr-1895 17-Oct-1984 Downhearted Blues
Milt Jackson
Jazz Musician
1-Jan-1923 9-Oct-1999 Vibrophonist, The Modern Jazz Quartet
J. J. Johnson
Jazz Musician
22-Jan-1924 4-Feb-2001 Jazz trombonist
James P. Johnson
Jazz Musician
01-Feb-1894 17-Nov-1955 The father of stride piano
Hank Jones
Jazz Musician
31-Jul-1918 16-May-2010 Jazz Piano Luminary
Sammy Kaye
13-Mar-1910 2-Jun-1987 Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye
Stan Kenton
Jazz Musician
15-Dec-1911 25-Aug-1979 Jazz bandleader
Barney Kessel
17-Oct-1923 6-May-2004 Be-bop guitarist
Jimmie Lunceford
Jazz Musician
6-Jun-1902 13-Jul-1947 Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra
Jimmy McPartland
Jazz Musician
15-May-1907 13-Mar-1991 Chicago jazz cornetist
Marian McPartland
Jazz Musician
20-Mar-1918   Piano Jazz
Wes Montgomery
Jazz Musician
6-Mar-1925 15-Jun-1968 Superb jazz guitarist
Jelly Roll Morton
Jazz Musician
20-Oct-1890 10-Jul-1941 Jazz composer, pianist
Gerry Mulligan
Jazz Musician
6-Apr-1927 20-Jan-1996 Greatest jazz baritonist of all time
Red Nichols
Jazz Musician
8-May-1905 28-Jun-1965 Red Nichols and His Five Pennies
Jimmie Noone
Jazz Musician
23-Apr-1895 19-Apr-1944 New Orleans jazz clarinetist
Red Norvo
Jazz Musician
31-Mar-1908 6-Apr-1999 Jazz xylophonist
Kid Ory
Jazz Musician
25-Dec-1886 23-Jan-1973 Trombonist, Ory's Creole Jazz Band
Oscar Peterson
Jazz Musician
15-Aug-1925 24-Dec-2007 Maharajah of the keyboard
Oscar Pettiford
Jazz Musician
30-Sep-1922 8-Sep-1960 Jazz double bassist
Louis Prima
7-Dec-1910 24-Aug-1978 King of the Swingers
Django Reinhardt
Jazz Musician
23-Jan-1910 16-May-1953 Gypsy jazz guitarist
Shorty Rogers
Jazz Musician
14-Apr-1924 7-Nov-1994 Shorty Rogers and His Giants
Jimmy Rushing
26-Aug-1901 8-Jun-1972 Mr. Five By Five
Pee Wee Russell
Jazz Musician
27-Mar-1906 15-Feb-1969 Jazz clarinet virtuoso
Artie Shaw
23-May-1910 30-Dec-2004 Clarinetist, big band leader
Wayne Shorter
Jazz Musician
25-Aug-1933   Influential sax player and jazz composer
Horace Silver
Jazz Musician
2-Sep-1928   Song For My Father
Willie "The Lion" Smith
Jazz Musician
25-Nov-1897 18-Apr-1973 Stride pianist, Finger Buster
Muggsy Spanier
Jazz Musician
9-Nov-1906 12-Feb-1967 Muggsy Spanier and His Ragtime Band
Sonny Stitt
Jazz Musician
2-Feb-1924 22-Jul-1982 Jazz saxophonist
Art Tatum
Jazz Musician
13-Oct-1909 5-Nov-1956 Greatest jazz pianist of all time
Billy Taylor
Jazz Musician
24-Jul-1921 28-Dec-2010 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Jack Teagarden
Jazz Musician
20-Aug-1905 15-Jan-1964 Virtuoso trombonist and jazz bandleader
Dinah Washington
29-Aug-1924 14-Dec-1963 Queen of the Blues
Lawrence Welk
11-Mar-1903 17-May-1992 Big band leader, TV champagne music host
Paul Whiteman
28-Mar-1890 29-Dec-1967 The King of Jazz
Cootie Williams
Jazz Musician
10-Jul-1910 15-Sep-1985 Cootie Williams and His Orchestra
Joe Williams
12-Dec-1918 29-Mar-1999 Baritone jazz vocalist
Nancy Wilson
20-Feb-1937   Jazz and pop diva
Lester Young
Jazz Musician
27-Aug-1909 15-Mar-1959 Jazz tenor saxophoneist

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