Miles Davis

Miles Davis Miles Davis was born on May 26, 1926, in Alton, Illinois. He was an American jazz musician, a great trumpeter who as a bandleader and composer was one of the major influences on the art from the late 1940s. He began studying trumpet in his early teens. Davis played with jazz bands in the St. Louis area before moving […]

Nina Simone

The One and Only Nina Simone Eunice Kathleen Waymon AKA Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina. Simone learned to play piano at the age of 3 and sang in her church’s choir. As she got older she enjoyed playing classical music. She had a dream of becoming the first […]

What is Jazz Fusion?

WHAT IS JAZZ FUSION? Jazz-rock, or more commonly known as Jazz fusion, is the combination of the rough staccato style of jazz in the smooth legato style of modern-day rock. Although it may seem this combination considering these styles of music are opposites, great artists such as Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock developed this style […]

Sarah Vaughan

SARAH VAUGHAN Sarah Lois Vaughan was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 27, 1924. When she was young she played the piano and organ, she also sang at Mount Zion Baptist Church. She joined a talent contest in 1942  at the Harlem’s Apollo Theater, and won with her version of “Body and Soul”. She […]

Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters

Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters Herbie Hancock was born in Chicago 1940, He was a piano prodigy and started playing jazz in high school. He then attended Grinnell College and majored in music and electrical engineering. In 1960 Donald Byrd, trumpeter discovered Hancock. After working with Byrd, Phil Woods and Oliver Nelson, Hancock signed to Blue […]

How does Wynton Marsalis preserve Louis Armstrong’s Legacy?

Did Wynton Marsalis preserve Louis Armstrong’s Legacy? Wynton Marsalis was born on October 18, 1961, in New Orleans. He started playing the trumpet at 12. When he got to high school he performed in local marching bands, jam bands, funk bands, and classical orchestras. At 18 he attended the Juilliard School in New York. In […]