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Alan Broadbent - 100% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 April 1947, Auckland, New Zealand. After studying piano and musical theory in his homeland, in the mid-60s Broadbent moved to the USA to study at the Berklee College Of Music. After studying with Lennie Tristano he began arranging for Woody Herman, his work appearing on the 1973 album, Giant Steps. In the 70s, Broadbent composed music in the classical form while simultane Read more

Rob McConnell - 93% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
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Jessica Williams - 77% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Dance Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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17 March 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Learning to play piano as a child and studying classical music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Williams turned to jazz and was playing professionally at the age of 14. In Philadelphia, she was a member of the Philly Joe Jones Quartet and also worked with Joe Morello and singer Ethel Ennis. In 1977 she relocated to the west coast Read more

Larry Willis - 48% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lawrence Elliott Willis, 20 December 1942, New York City, New York, USA. Although destined to become a pianist of note, Willis also studied singing. His studies took him to the High School of Music and Art and the Manhattan School of Music. In the early 60s he began a decade long round of playing under leaders such as Jackie McLean, Hugh Masekela, Kai Winding and Stan Getz. Read more

Al Haig - 45% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Allan Warren Haig, 22 July 1924, Newark, New Jersey, USA, d. 16 November 1982, New York City, New York, USA. One of the first bop pianists, and for a time among the very best of them, Haig spent the second half of the 40s in excellent musical company. Active in the clubs of New York, he played with Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and proved to be an outst Read more

Nancy LaMott - 45% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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30 December 1951, Midland, Michigan, USA, d. 13 December 1995, New York City, New York, USA. As a child, LaMott sang with a band led by her father but as a teenager was frequently seriously ill and often hospitalized with what was eventually diagnosed as Crohn’s Disease, a bowel and immune disorder. Sensing that she had potential as a singer, and accompanied by her brot Read more

Al Cohn - 32% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 November 1925, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 February 1988, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. As a teenager Cohn gained experience playing the tenor saxophone with Joe Marsala and Georgie Auld, for whom he also arranged. A forward-thinking musician, Cohn worked extensively in big bands during the mid-late 40s, most famously as a member of Woody Herman’s Four Brot Read more

Ken Peplowski - 31% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 May 1959, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Peplowski took up the clarinet as a child and played his first professional engagement at the age of 10. He studied formally and played both classical music and jazz, appearing on radio and television in and around his home town. In 1978 his quartet played opposite the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, at the time under the direction of Buddy Morrow, Read more

Denny Zeitlin - 29% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Dennis Jay Zeitlin, 10 April 1938, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Zeitlin had a classical music training before studying medicine at Johns Hopkins University and then Columbia. In 1963 he successfully auditioned for the record producer John Hammond Jnr. but then moved to San Francisco where he studied psychiatry and played the piano. In 1965 he was involved in a trio with bass play Read more

Victor Feldman - 28% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s
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Dennis Rowland - 27% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s
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c.1950, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Growing up in a musical family, Rowland began singing as a child. Inevitably influenced by Motown Records, he also heard and greatly admired the singing of Joe Williams, whose hit record of ‘Every Day I Have The Blues’, with Count Basie, was popular in the mid-50s. Nurturing ambitions to be a singer and an actor, Rowland patiently de Read more

Harry Allen - 26% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 October 1966, Washington, DC, USA. When he was aged one, Allen’s parents moved to Los Angeles and it was there that he began playing music, but at that time chose the accordion and later the piano. When he was 11 years old the family moved again, this time to Rhode Island and there, at junior high school, he began playing clarinet and finally the tenor saxophone, in Read more

Geri Allen - 25% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 June 1957, Pontiac, Michigan, USA. Pianist Allen grew up in Detroit, steeped in the city’s strong bebop and black pop traditions (one early gig saw her playing with Mary Wilson and the Supremes), though Eric Dolphy, Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk were also major influences. She studied music at Washington’s Howard University and at the University of Pittsbur Read more

Ruby Braff - 23% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Reuben Braff, 16 March 1927, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 9 February 2003, North Chatham, Massachusetts, USA. Although Braff did not make a notable impact on the jazz scene until the mid-50s, he was already an accomplished and experienced cornet player. He had worked extensively in the Boston area from the late 40s, playing with Pee Wee Russell and Edmond Hall, recording w Read more

Mary Stallings - 22% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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16 August 1939, San Francisco, California, USA. Stallings began singing in public at the age of eight. Encouraged by her saxophonist uncle, Orlando Stallings, she sang in local jazz clubs during her teenage years and while still in high school joined Louis Jordan’s band. She began touring, singing in other parts of the USA and also as far afield as Australia. Back in th Read more


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