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Serge Chaloff

Serge Chaloff

Serge Chaloff (1923 – 1957) was one of the greatest baritonesax artists ever, having an important role in the development of modern jazz, known for his participation in the Woody Herman orchestra in the late 1940s, but also for beautiful work in the 1950s until his health run out… … Read entire article »

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Louis Smith

Louis Smith

Louis Smith (1931 – 2016) was one of the very best modern trumpeters, making however only a handful of recording sessions in 1957-59, then chose teaching instead of performing, but had an important comeback later… … Read entire article »

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Jerry Blake

Jerry Blake

Jerry Blake (1908 – ca. 1961) was a very fine clarinet player, known for his work with Fletcher Henderson and Cab Calloway in the late 1930s, but illness stopped him from playing in the early 1940s… … Read entire article »

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Benny Morton

Benny Morton

Benny Morton (1907 – 1985) was one of the major trombonists of the swing era, playing with famous orchestra such as Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman, Count Basie and Teddy Wilson… … Read entire article »

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Tina Brooks

Tina Brooks

Tina Brooks (1932 – 1974) was one of the most talented modern tenorsax players, leaving us numerous fine recording sessions 1959 – 1961 but disappeared from view much too early … … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tenorsax

Frank Ottersen

Frank Ottersen

Frank Ottersen (1921 – 1971)was the most prominent Norwegian jazz violin performer of the vintage era and one of Europe’s best, but unfortunately local record companies gave him much too few opportunities… … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tenorsax, Violin

Benny Golson

Benny Golson

Benny Golson (1929 – ) was one of the most prominent tenorsax artists ever, mostly known for his wonderful playing with Art Blakey and other groups in the period 1956 – 1962, also a brilliant composer, and still active quite recently… … Read entire article »

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