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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Don "Sugarcane" Harris

Don Francis Bowman "Sugarcane" Harris 

Born:  June 18, 1938

 Died: November 30, 1999 

 Instruments:  Vocals, electric violin, violin, guitar, organ

Genre: Rock 'N Roll, Jazz, R&B

Don "Sugarcane" Harris was an American Rock 'N Roll violinist and guitarist. In 1954, Don Harris joined Dewey Terry, a founding member of a group called The Squires while still in high school. In 1955 the Squires released a record on the small Los Angeles-based label, Dig This Record. In 1957, the group broke up, but Don and Dewey remained together. Both Don and Dewey played guitar, with Dewey often doubling on keyboards. When not playing guitar or bass, Don occasionally played the electric violin, a skill for which he subsequently became well known under the name of "Sugarcane" Harris. Even after recording with Art Rupe on his Specialty label using the legendary drummer,Earl Palmer, Don and Dewey failed to record any hits. 

After separating from Dewey Terry in the 1960s, Harris moved almost exclusively over to the electric violin. He was to reappear as a sideman with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa, most recognized for his appearances on Hot Rats, and on the Mothers of Invention albums Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. His lead vocal and blues violin solo on a cover of Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart to You" on Weasels, and his extended solo on the lengthy "Little House I Used To Live In" on Weeny are considered highlights of those albums. Reportedly, he was rescued from a jail term by Zappa. Zappa had long admired Harris's playing and bailed him out of prison, resurrecting his career and ushering in a long period of creativity for the forgotten violin virtuoso. He played a couple of live concerts with Zappa's band in 1969.

During the early 1970s, Sugarcane fronted the Pure Food and Drug Act which included drummer Paul Lagos, guitarists Harvey Mandel and Randy Resnick, and bassist Victor Conte, who was the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO). Conte replaced Larry Taylor who was the original bass player. His first solo album (with back cover art by underground poster artist Rick Griffin) is a forgotten masterpiece of blues, jazz, classical and funk compositions, and his 1973 live album Sugarcane's Got The Blues, recorded at the Berlin Jazz Festival show an accomplished musician at the top of his game.

In the 1980s, Sugarcane was a member of the Los Angeles-based experimental rock band Tupelo Chain Sex.

Discography
  • Keep On Driving (1970)
  • Sugarcane (1970)
  • Fiddler On The Rock (1971)
  • Sugar Cane’s Got The Blues [Live] (1972)
  • Cup Full Of Dreams (1973) 
  • I’m On Your Case (1974)
  • Keyzop (1975)
  • Flashin' Time (1976)
Compilations
  • Anthology Volume One (2001)
  • Cup Full Of Dreams CD (2011)

Affiliates 
  • Pure, Food  and Drug Act - Choice Cuts (1972)
Sources: Wikipedia, discogs, rateyourmusic.com

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Freddie Hubbard



Frederick Dewayne "Freddie" Hubbard
(April 7, 1938 – December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post bop styles from the early 1960s and on. His unmistakable and influential tone contributed to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop.

Hubbard started playing the mellophone and trumpet in his school band, studying at the Jordan Conservatory with the principal trumpeter of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In his teens Hubbard worked locally with brothers Wes and Monk Montgomery and worked with bassist Larry Ridley and saxophonist James Spaulding. In 1958, at the age of 20, he moved to New York, and began playing with some of the best jazz players of the era, including Philly Joe Jones, Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, Eric Dolphy, J. J. Johnson, and Quincy Jones. In June 1960 Hubbard made his first record as a leader, Open Sesame, with saxophonist Tina Brooks, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Clifford Jarvis.
In December 1960, Hubbard was invited to play on Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz after Coleman had heard him playing with Don Cherry.
Then in May 1961, Hubbard played on Olé Coltrane, John Coltrane's final recording session with Atlantic Records. Together with Eric Dolphy, Hubbard was the only 'session' musician who appeared on both Olé and Africa/Brass, Coltrane's first album with ABC/Impulse! Later, in August 1961, Hubbard made one of his most famous records, Ready for Freddie, which was also his first collaboration with saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Hubbard joined Shorter later in 1961 when he replaced Lee Morgan in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He played on several Blakey recordings, including Caravan, Ugetsu, Mosaic, and Free For All. Hubbard remained with Blakey until 1966, leaving to form the first of several small groups of his own, which featured, among others, pianist Kenny Barron and drummer Louis Hayes.
It was during this time that he began to develop his own sound, distancing himself from the early influences of Clifford Brown and Morgan, and won the Downbeat jazz magazine "New Star" award on trumpet.
Throughout the 1960s Hubbard played as a sideman on some of the most important albums from that era, including, Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch, Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage, and Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil. He recorded extensively for Blue Note Records in the 1960s: eight albums as a bandleader, and twenty-eight as a sideman. Hubbard was described as "the most brilliant trumpeter of a generation of musicians who stand with one foot in 'tonal' jazz and the other in the atonal camp". Though he never fully embraced the free jazz of the '60s, he appeared on two of its landmark albums: Coleman's Free Jazz and Coltrane's Ascension.
Hubbard achieved his greatest popular success in the 1970s with a series of albums for Creed Taylor and his record label CTI Records, overshadowing Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, and George Benson.. Although his early 1970s jazz albums Red Clay, First Light, Straight Life, and Sky Dive were particularly well received and considered among his best work, the albums he recorded later in the decade were attacked by critics for their commercialism. First Light won a 1972 Grammy Award and included pianists Herbie Hancock and Richard Wyands, guitarists Eric Gale and George Benson, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and percussionist Airto Moreira. In 1994, Freddie, collaborating with Chicago jazz vocalist/co-writer Catherine Whitney, had lyrics set to the music of First Light.
In 1977 Hubbard joined with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Ron Carter and Wayne Shorter, members of the mid-sixties Miles Davis Quintet, for a series of performances. Several live recordings of this group were released as VSOP, VSOP: The Quintet, VSOP: Tempest in the Colosseum (all 1977) and VSOP: Live Under the Sky (1979).
Hubbard's trumpet playing was featured on the track Zanzibar, on the 1978 Billy Joel album 52nd Street (the 1979 Grammy Award Winner for Best Album). The track ends with a fade during Hubbard's performance. An "unfaded" version was released on the 2004 Billy Joel box set My Lives.
In the 1980s Hubbard was again leading his own jazz group, attracting very favorable reviews, playing at concerts and festivals in the USA and Europe, often in the company of Joe Henderson, playing a repertory of Hard-bop and modal-jazz pieces. Hubbard played at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival in 1980 and in 1989 (with Bobby Hutcherson). He played with Woody Shaw, recording with him in 1985, and two years later recorded Stardust with Benny Golson. In 1988 he teamed up once more with Blakey at an engagement in Holland, from which came Feel the Wind. In 1990 he appeared in Japan headlining an American-Japanese concert package which also featured Elvin Jones, Sonny Fortune, pianists George Duke and Benny Green, bass players Ron Carter, and Rufus Reid, with jazz and vocalist Salena Jones. He also performed at the Warsaw Jazz Festival at which Live at the Warsaw Jazz Festival (Jazzmen 1992) was recorded.
Following a long setback of health problems and a serious lip injury in 1992 where he ruptured his upper lip and subsequently developed an infection, Hubbard was again playing and recording occasionally, even if not at the high level that he set for himself during his earlier career. His best records ranked with the finest in his field.
In 2006, The National Endowment for the Arts honored Hubbard with its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award.
On December 29, 2008, Hubbard's hometown newspaper, The Indianapolis Star reported that Hubbard died from complications from a heart attack suffered on November 26 of the same year.Billboard magazine reported that Hubbard died in Sherman Oaks, California.
Freddie Hubbard had close ties to the Jazz Foundation of America in his later years. Freddie is quoted as saying, “When I had congestive heart failure and couldn't work, The Jazz Foundation paid my mortgage for several months and saved my home! Thank God for those people."
The Jazz Foundation of America’s Musicians' Emergency Fund took care of Freddie during times of illness. After his passing Mr. Hubbard’s estate requested that tax deductible donations be made in Freddie’s name to The Jazz Foundation of America.


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Discography


As leader

  • Open Sesame (1960 , Blue Note)
  • Goin' Up (1960, Blue Note)
  • Minor Mishap(1961)
  • Hub Cap (1961,Blue Note)
  • Ready for Freddie (1961, Blue Note) Flac
  • The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard (1962 ,Impulse!)
  • Hub-Tones (1962,Blue Note)
  • Here to Stay (1962 ,Blue Note) 
  • The Body & the Soul (1963 ,Impulse!) 
  • Breaking Point (1964 ,Blue Note)
  • Blue Spirits (1965,Blue Note)
  • The Night of the Cookers (1965,Blue Note)
  • Jam Gems: Live at the Left Bank 2001 ,Label M)
  • Backlash (1966 ,Atlantic) 
  • High Blues Pressure (1968 ,Atlantic)
  • A Soul Experiment (1969,Atlantic)
  • Without a Song, Live in Europe (1969, Blue Note)
  • The Black Angel (1970, Atlantic)
  • The Hub of Hubbard (1970, MPS
  • Red Clay (1970 ,CTI) 
  • Straight Life (1970 ,CTI) 
  • Sing Me a Song of Songmy (1971 ,Atlantic)
  • First Light (1971 ,CTI) 
  • Sky Dive (1973, CTI)
  • Hot Horn (1973, Everest)
  • Freddie Hubbard/Stanley Turrentine In Concert Volume One (1974 ,CTI)
  • In Concert Volume Two (1974 ,CTI)
  • Keep Your Soul Together (1974 ,CTI)
  • High Energy (1974 ,Columbia)
  • Polar AC(1975,CTI)
  • Gleam (1975 ,Sony (Japan))
  • Liquid Love (1975,Columbia)
  • Windjammer (1976,Columbia) 
  • Bundle of Joy (1977 ,Columbia)
  • Super Blue (1978,Columbia) 
  • The Love Connection(1979,Columbia)
  • Freddie Hubbard Quintet Leon Thomas live at Onkel Pö s Carnegie Hall 1979
  • Skagly (1980, Columbia)
  • Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival(1980 ,Pablo)
  • Mistral with Art Pepper (1981 ,Liberty)
  • Outpost (1981 ,Enja)
  • Splash (1981,Fantasy)
  • Rollin'(1982 ,MPS)
  • Keystone Bop Vol. 2: Friday & Saturday (1996,Prestige)
  • Keystone Bop: Sunday Night (1982,Prestige)
  • Born to Be Blue (1982 ,Pablo) 
  • Ride Like the Wind (1982,Elektra/Asylum) 
  • Above & Beyond (1982 ,Metropolitan)
  • Back to Birdland (1982, Real Time)
  • Sweet Return (1983 ,Atlantic)
  • The Rose Tattoo (1983,Baystate (Japan)) 
  • Double Take with Woody Shaw (1985 ,Blue Note) 
  • Life Flight (1987, Blue Note)
  • The Eternal Triangle with Woody Shaw (1987 ,Blue Note) flac 1\ 2
  • Feel the Wind with Art Blakey (1988 ,Timeless)
  • Times are Changing (1989 ,Blue Note)
  • Topsy - Standard Book (1989,Alpha/Compose) 
  • Bolivia (1991,Music Masters)
  • At Jazz Jamboree Warszawa '91: A Tribute to Miles (2000 ,Starburst)
  • Live at Fat Tuesday's (1992,Music Masters)
  • Blues for Miles (1992, Evidence)
  • MMTC: Monk, Miles, Trane & Cannon (1995,Music Masters)
  • New Colors (2001,Hip Hop Essence) 
  • On The Real Side (70th Birthday Celebration) (2008,Times Square Records)
  • Pinnacle, Live And Unreleased From Keystone Korner (2011)

As sideman

  • Wes Montgomery - Fingerpickin' (1958)
  • John Coltrane – Stardust(1958)
  • Paul Chambers-Go (1959) 
  • Kenny Drew – Undercurrent(1960)
  • Hank Mobley – Roll Call(1960)
  • The J. J. Johnson Sextet - J. J. Inc. 1960 
  • Curtis Fuller - Boss Of The Soul Stream Trombone 1960
  • Ornette Coleman - Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation (1960)
  • Tina Brooks - True Blue (1960)
  • Eric Dolphy-Outward Bound (1960)
  • Slide Hampton Octet -Slide!(1961)
  • John Coltrane-Olé Coltrane (1961)
  • John Coltrane-Africa/Brass (1961)
  • Art Blakey-Mosaic (1961)
  • Art Blakey-Buhaina's Delight (1961)
  • A Jazz Hour with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: Blues March (1961)
  • Jackie McLean-Bluesnik(1961)
  • Dexter Gordon - Doin Alright (1961)
  • Oliver Nelson - The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)
  • Duke Pearson – Dedication!(1961)
  • Bill Evans - Interplay (1962)
  • Curtis Fuller Soul Trombone 1962
  • Curtis Fuller - Cabin in the Sky (1962)
  • Art Blakey-Three Blind Mice (1962) 
  • Art Blakey-Caravan (1962)
  • Herbie Hancock-Takin' Off (1962)
  • Art Blakey-Ugetsu (1963)
  • Art Blakey- Free For All (1964)
  • Art Blakey-Kyoto (1964)
  • Eric Dolphy-Out to Lunch! (1964)
  • Herbie Hancock-Empyrean Isles (1964)
  • Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil (1964) Flac
  • John Coltrane-Ascension (1965)
  • Sam Rivers-Contours(1965)
  • Bobby Hutcherson - Dialogue (1965)
  • Herbie Hancock-Maiden Voyage (1965)
  • Wayne Shorter - The Soothsayer(1965)
  • Wayne Shorter – The All Seeing Eye(1965)
  • Hank Mobley – The Turnaround(1965)
  • Sonny Rollins - East Broadway Run Down (1966)
  • Herbie Hancock-Blow-Up (Soundtrack) (1966)
  • Duke Pearson – Sweet Honey Bee(1966)
  • Duke Pearson – The Right Touch(1967)
  • Wes Montgomery - Road Song (1968)
  • George Benson - The Other Side of Abbey Road (1969)
  • Quincy Jones - Walking in Space (1969)
  • Leon Thomas - A Piece of Cake (Palcoscenico Records)
  • Stanley Turrentine - Sugar (1970)
  • Kenny Burrell - God Bless the Child (1971)
  • Dexter Gordon - Generation [1972]
  • Randy Weston - Blue Moses (1972)
  • Milt Jackson - Sunflower (1973)
  • Charles Earland - Leaving This Planet (1973)
  • Don Sebesky - Giant Box (1973)
  • Raul De Souza - Sweet Lucy (1977)
  • Herbie Hancock- VSOP: The Quintet (1977)
  • Herbie Hancock-VSOP: Tempest in the Colosseum (1977)
  • McCoy Tyner - Together (1978) flac
  • Billy Joel - 52nd Street (1978)
  • Herbie Hancock-VSOP: Live Under the Sky (1979)
  • George Cables - Cables' Vision (1979)
  • McCoy Tyner - Quartets 4 X 4 (1980) flac
  • C. Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, O. Peterson - The Alternate Blues - 1980
  • The Trumpet Summit Meets The Oscar Peterson Big Four 1980
  • Oscar Peterson – Face to Face (1982) flac
  • Herbie Hancock-Round Midnight (Soundtrack) (1986)
  • Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard - Stardust (1987)
  • Roberto Ávila & Sarava - Come to Brazil (1989)
  • Kirk Lightsey Trio - Temptation (1991)
  • Poncho Sanchez - Cambios (1991)
  • Stanley Turrentine – More Than a Mood(1992)
  • Joe Henderson-Big Band (1996)
  • Quincy Jones feat Tots Thielemans - I Never Told You (1998)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Legend : Miles Davis




Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.

Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of Davis's ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett; guitarists John McLaughlin, John Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, and Dave Holland; and drummers Tony Williams, Billy Cobham and Jack DeJohnette.

On October 7, 2008, his album Kind of Blue, released in 1959, received its fourth platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of 4 million copies. Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Davis was noted as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz".

On November 5, 2009, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan sponsored a measure in the US House of Representatives to recognize and commemorate the album Kind of Blue on its 50th anniversary. The measure also affirms jazz as a national treasure and "encourages the United States government to preserve and advance the art form of jazz music."It passed, unanimously, with a vote of 409–0 on December 15, 2009.
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Studio albums
  • First Miles (1945)
  • Cool Boppin' (1948)
  • Birth of the Cool (1949 and 1950) 
  • ConceptiFon (1951)
  • Blue Period (1951)
  • Dig (1951)
  • Miles Davis and Horns (1951 )
  • Miles Davis Volume 1 (Blue Note Records, 1952 and 1954)
  • Miles Davis Volume 2 (Blue Note Records, 1953)
  • Blue Haze (1953 and 1954)
  • Collectors' Items (1953 and 1956)
  • Walkin' (1954)
  • Bags' Groove (1954)
  • Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (1954, with one track from 1956)
  • Musings of Miles (1955) 
  • Blue Moods (1955)
  • Quintet / Sextet (1955, Miles Davis and Milt Jackson)
  • Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet (1955)
  • Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
  • Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
  • Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
  • Steamin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
  • 'Round About Midnight (1955-1956) 
  • Miles Ahead (1957)
  • Ascenseur pour l'Échafaud (Fontana Records, 1957 - film soundtrack)
  • Cannonball Adderley meets Miles Davis(1958)
  • Somethin' Else (Blue Note Records, 1958 - Cannonball Adderley quintet)
  • Milestones (1958)
  • Jazz Track (1958)
  • Porgy and Bess (1958)
  • 1958 Miles (1958)
  • Kind of Blue (1959
  • Sketches of Spain (1960) (RIAA: Gold)  
  • Someday My Prince Will Come (1961) 
  • Quiet Nights (1962-1963)
  • Seven Steps to Heaven (1963)
  • E.S.P (1965)
  • Miles Smiles (1966)
  • Sorcerer (1967
  • Nefertiti (1967)
  • Miles in the Sky (1968)
  • Filles de Kilimanjaro (1969 - 1968)
  • In a Silent Way (1969)
  • Bitches Brew (1970)
  • (A Tribute to) Jack Johnson (1970)
  • Live-Evil (1971 - 1970) 
  • On the Corner (1972)
  • Big Fun (1974_1969-1972) 
  • Get Up with It (1974 ) 
  • Water Babies (1976 - previously unissued recordings from 1967 & 1968)
  • Circle in the Round (1979 - previously unissued recordings from 1955-1970)
  • Directions (1981 -(1960-1970)) 
  • The Man With The Horn (1981)
  • Star People (1983)
  • Decoy (1984)
  • You're Under Arrest (1985)
  • Tutu (1986) 
  • Music from Siesta (1987 - film soundtrack)
  • Amandla (1989)
  • Aura (1989)
  • Dingo (1991 - film soundtrack)
  • Doo-Bop (1992) 

Live recordings

  • The Real Birth of the Cool (Miles’ nonet live at the Royal Roost) (1948)
  • Complete Birdland Recordings (1951-52)

  • Miles & Coltrane (1955)
  • Miles Davis Quintet at Peacock Alley (1956)
  • Amsterdam Concert (1957)
  • Miles Davis at Newport 1958 (1958)
  • Live in Den Haag (1960)
  • Miles Davis & John Coltrane. Live in Stockholm Live at the Konserthuset, Stockholm (1960)
  • Olympia, 20th March 1960 (1960)
  • Manchester Concert (1960) flac
  • Olympia, 11th October 1960 (1960)
  • Miles Davis At Carnegie Hall (1961)
  • Miles & Monk at Newport (1963 release of 1958 concert)
  • In Europe (1963)
  • Live at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival (1963)
  • My Funny Valentine (1964)
  • Four & More (1964)
  • Miles In Tokyo (1964)
  • Miles In Berlin (1964)
  • The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 (1965)
  • 1969 Miles Festival de Juan les Pins (1969)
  • Live at the Fillmore East, March 7, 1970: It's About That Time (1970)
  • Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West (1970)
  • Miles Davis at Fillmore: Live at the Fillmore East (1970)
  • Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1970 (1970)
  • The Cellar Door Sessions (1970)
  • In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall (1972)
  • Jazz at the Plaza (1973 release of 1958 appearance)
  • Dark Magus (1974) disc 1 disc 2
  • Agharta (1975) altrn(Japan)
  • Pangaea (1975)
  • Miles! Miles! Miles! (1981)
  • We Want Miles (1982)
  • Munich Concert (1988) 1 \ 2 \ 3
  • The Complete Miles Davis at Montreux (1973-1991)
  • Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux (1991)
  • Live Around The World (1988-1991)
Box sets

  • The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis with John Coltrane (1955–1961)
  • Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (1957–1968)
  • Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles Davis 1963–1964 
  • The Complete Studio Recordings of The Miles Davis Quintet 1965–1968
  • The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions (1968–1969)
  • The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (1969–1970)
  • The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (1970)
  • The Complete On the Corner Sessions (1972–1975)
  • Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection (1955-1985)
  • In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete (1961)
  • The Complete Live Recordings 1948-1955 (10 CD Box 2006)
  • The Complete Prestige Recordings '51-'56 (8 Cd's box) - 1993
  • Young Miles 1945 -1950 [4CD Boxset](2001) 1 \ 2 \ 3 \ 4
  • The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions 16 Nov. '55-8 Dec.'56[4 Cd 's Box-Set 2006]

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Legend:Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis



Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. (born May 27, 1935) is an American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality. He has been referred to as "the great performer",a title reflectin g his performance style and musical selections which display his early gospel playing and classical training (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, etc.) along with his love of jazz and other musical forms. Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received five gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career.

Ramsey Lewis was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Ramsey Lewis, Sr. and Pauline Lewis. Lewis began taking piano lessons at the age of four. At 15 he joined his first jazz band, The Cleffs. The seven-piece group provided Lewis his first involvement with jazz; he would later join Cleffs drummer Isaac "Redd" Holt and bassist Eldee Young to form the Ramsey Lewis Trio. He has a grandson, named Ramsey Lewis who lives in California, but used to attend your local high school in Chicago's Northside.

The trio started as primarily a jazz unit and released their first album, Ramsey Lewis And The Gentlemen of Swing, in 1956. Following their 1965 hit The In Crowd (the single reached #5 on the pop charts, and the album #2) they concentrated more on pop material. Young and Holt left in 1966 to form the Young-Holt Trio and were replaced by Cleveland Eaton and Maurice White. White was replaced by Maurice Jennings in 1970. Later, Franky Donaldson and Billy "The Bhudda" Dickens replaced Jennings and Eaton; Felton Crews also appeared on many 1980's releases.

By 1966, Lewis was one of the nation’s most successful jazz pianists, topping the charts with The In Crowd, Hang On Sloopy, and Wade in the Water. Many of his recordings attracted a large non-jazz audience. In the '70s, Lewis often played electric piano, although by later in the decade he was sticking to acoustic and using an additional keyboardist in his groups.

In addition to recording and performing, Lewis hosted a morning show on Chicago "smooth jazz" radio station WNUA (95.5 FM) until May 22, 2009. His weekly syndicated radio program Legends of Jazz, created in 1990, features recordings from artists such as David Sanborn, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau and Miles Davis. The show can be heard in 60 U.S. cities and overseas. On December 4, 2006, the Ramsey Lewis Morning Show became part of Broadcast Architecture's Smooth Jazz Network, simulcasting on other Smooth Jazz stations across the country for the first time. However, the show was still based in Chicago until it was cancelled when WNUA switched over to a Spanish format.

In 2006, a well-received 13-episode Legends of Jazz television series hosted by Lewis was broadcast on public TV nationwide and featured live performances by a variety of jazz artists including Larry Gray, Lonnie Smith, Joey Defrancesco, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Benny Golson, Pat Metheny and Tony Bennett.

Lewis is artistic director of Jazz at Ravinia (an annual feature at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Illinois) and helped organize Ravinia's Jazz Mentor Program. Ramsey also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Merit School of Music, a Chicago inner-city music program and The Chicago High School for the Arts, the new public arts high school in Chicago. Early in 2005, the Ramsey Lewis Foundation was created to help connect at-risk children to the world of music. As an offshoot of that foundation, Lewis plans to form a Youth Choir and Youth Orchestra. In January 2007, the Dave Brubeck Institute invited Lewis to join its Honorary Board of Friends at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Lewis is an Honorary Board member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Lewis is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. In May 2008, Lewis received an honorary doctorate from Loyola University Chicago upon delivering the keynote address at the undergraduate commencement ceremony.

Lewis still lives in Chicago, Illinois, the city of his musical roots. He has seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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Discography
As A Sideman:


Max Roach – Art Blakey – Percussion Discussion (Appr. 1957) (Chess)
Max Roach - Max (1958)


Video:

Legends of Jazz: Showcase (with Ramsey Lewis).(2006)
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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Legend : Donald Byrd




b. 9th December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A

Donald Byrd captured the tenor of his times as did Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard. He studied music at Wayne State University, from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1954. He went on to receive a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in the mid-'50's. At the same time, he recorded for the Prestige, Riverside, and Blue Note, and Savoy labels (among others), both as a leader and as a sideman.

Following stints with the likes of Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Sonny Rollins, Byrd co-led a band with the baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams from 1958-61. Byrd studied composition in Europe from 1962-63, then returned to the U.S., where he established himself as an academic, teaching at Rutgers, Howard University, and the Hampton Institute. Byrd received his law degree in 1976; he subsequently taught at North Carolina Central University. In 1982, he received his doctorate from Columbia Teachers College. Byrd continued to perform and record, releasing a number of fine straight-ahead Blue Note albums throughout the '60's.

In the '70's, his music took a decidedly commercial turn. During the early Seventies, Byrd put together a group of his students, forming a band whose title became based around his surname. The Blackbyrds. They recorded a string of successful chart singles which included the song 'Walking In Rhythm', an enormous pop hit both sides of the Atlantic. Byrd recorded a number of heavily produced, pop-oriented albums on which his horn was subjugated by disco-fied vocals and string sections.

Byrd worked alongside producers 'The Mizell Brothers' throughout this period with 'Places & Spaces' being considered his finest work at this time. In the '80's and '90's Byrd returned to his jazz roots, recording with peers such as Joe Henderson and Bobby Hutcherson, and with younger musicians like Kenny Garrett and Mulgrew Miller.

In 2001, Donald Byrd had become unwell.

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Leader
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1955
  • Donald Byrd - Byrd Jazz (Transition TRLP 5)
  • Donald Byrd - Byrd's Word (Savoy MG 12032)
  • Donald Byrd Quartet And Quintet (Eros ERP 50067)
  • Donald Byrd - Byrd's Eye View (Transition TRLP 4) (MP3/FLAC)

1956
1957
1958
  • Donald Byrd - Byrd In Paris, Vol. 1 (Brunswick (F) 87 903)
  • Donald Byrd – Parisian Thoroughfare (Brunswick (F) 87 904) / FLAC
  • Donald Byrd Plays Au Chat - 0:15 (Jazz O.P. (F) OMS 7001/02)
  • Donald Byrd - Off To The Races (Blue Note BLP 4007) /FLAC/

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1966

1967

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1978

1979

1981


1982

1987

1989
  • Donald Byrd - Getting Down To Business (Landmark LLP 1523)
  • Donald Byrd - Getting Down To Business (Landmark LCD 1523-2)

1991



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Sideman
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1947
  • Robert Barnes Sextet (Fortune 113)

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959

1960
  • Earl Zindars/Armando Peraza - The Soul Of Jazz Percussion (Warwick W 5003ST) [also released as Donald Byrd\Booker Little - The Third World]
  • Bunky Green - My Babe (Exodus EXS 6001)

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1967

1977

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