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Buster Smith

Buster Smith

Buster Smith (1904 – 1991) was a Kansas City altosax player repudiated to have a profound influence on the young Charlie Parker… … Read entire article »

Filed under: Altosax

Frank Foster

Frank Foster

Frank Foster (1928 – 2011) was an excellent mainstream tenorsax player, first known for his long time work with the Count Basie orchestra in the fifties and sixties but later as an important arranger and bandleader… … Read entire article »

Filed under: Vocal

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