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Chick Webb

Chick Webb

Chick Webb (1909? – 1939) was one of the greatest bigband drummers in vintage jazz ever, but he was born with utterly bad health, and what he managed to attain during his short life was a true miracle … … Read entire article »

Filed under: Drums

Putney Dandridge

Putney Dandridge

Putney Dandridge (1902 – 1946) was an entertainer known for his 1935-36 recording sessions with star studded personnel, but many do not realize that he was an exceptional vocalist with his own original ideas, deserving to have a nice place in jazz history… … Read entire article »

Filed under: Vocal

Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner

Erroll Garner (1921 – 1977) was one of the most brilliant jazz pianists the world has ever seen, combining enormous improvisational capabilities with a colourful style destined to conquer the hearts even of those not close to jazz, a unique artist, but he smoked too much… … Read entire article »

Filed under: Piano

Henri Crolla

Henri Crolla

Henri Crolla (1920 – 1960) was a fine Italian/French guitarist ready to take over when Django passed away, but his life ended much too early from illness… … Read entire article »

Filed under: Guitar

Bjarne Nerem

Bjarne Nerem

Bjarne Nerem (1923 – 1991) was the greatest tenorsax player Norway ever produced, first known from his work with Harry Arnold’s orchestra in Sweden 1956-64, later our local hero, who could easily have got international recognition if he had wanted it… … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tenorsax

Charlie Shavers

Charlie Shavers

Charlie Shavers (1917 – 1971) was a prominent swing trumpeter, mostly known for his work with John Kirby’s small groups in the early forties, later an active and very personal mainstream artist … … Read entire article »

Filed under: Trumpet

Claude McLin

Claude McLin

Claude McLin (1925 – 1995) was a fine tenorsax player from Chicago, one of those great talents who could have made it great but stayed at home and faded into oblivion… … Read entire article »

Filed under: Tenorsax