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Marian McPartland - 93% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Margaret Marian Turner, 20 March 1920, Slough, Berkshire, England. Prior to World War II, McPartland played British music halls as a member of a four-piano group led by Billy Mayerl. While touring with ENSA (the British equivalent of America’s USO), she met and married Jimmy McPartland. At the end of the war she went to the USA with her husband, quickly establishing a r Read more

Scott Hamilton - 79% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 September 1954, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. As a child, Hamilton began playing clarinet, on which he had a few lessons, and piano. He then briefly played blues harmonica in a rock ‘n’ roll band. He took up tenor saxophone as a young teenager, teaching himself largely by listening to records in his father’s collection. These records were by jazzmen of the Read more

Eugene Maslov - 78% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
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Barry Harris - 74% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
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Joanne Brackeen - 70% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joanne Grogan, 26 July 1938, Ventura, California, USA. Brackeen was self-taught; academic tuition did not suit her, and she left the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music after three days. Despite this, her piano playing became much in demand among the most exacting jazz leaders on the west coast: Harold Land, Teddy Edwards and Charles Lloyd. Unimpeded by marriage (to saxophonis Read more

Teddy Edwards - 61% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Marcus Edwards, 26 April 1924, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, d. 20 April 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA. As a child Edwards played alto saxophone with local bands and continued playing this instrument when he moved to Detroit in 1940. He toured with territory bands in Michigan and Florida including those led by Ernie Fields and Stack Walton. In the Walton band he p Read more

Freddy Cole - 58% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Frederick Coles, 15 October 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Following in the footsteps of his musical brothers, most notably, Nat ‘King’ Cole, he became a musician at a very early age, playing piano and singing professionally in Chicago clubs while still a teenager. Later, he studied at Juilliard College and at the New England Conservatory of Music, continuing to dev Read more

Hampton Hawes - 58% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 November 1928, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 22 May 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. Born into a musical family (his mother played piano for the church run by his Presbyterian minister father), Hawes taught himself to play piano by listening to records of 30s jazz piano giants, among them Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines and Fats Waller. He began to play professionally Read more

Nancy LaMott - 55% 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 Haig - 51% 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

George Shearing - 48% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 August 1919, London, England. Shearing was born blind but started to learn piano at the age of three. After limited training and extensive listening to recorded jazz, he began playing at hotels, clubs and pubs in the London area, sometimes as a single, occasionally with dance bands. In 1940 he joined Harry Parry’s popular band and also played with Stéphane Gra Read more

Hank Jones - 48% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Christian & Gospel Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Jones, 31 July 1918, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. Eldest of three remarkable brothers in jazz (Thad Jones and Elvin Jones), Hank Jones was raised in Pontiac, Michigan and by the beginning of his teenage years played piano professionally in local bands. In 1944 he went to New York where he joined the Oran ‘ Hot Lips’ Page band. Although Jones had previously b Read more

Eric Reed - 47% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Eric Scott Reed, 21 June 1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pianist Reed began his life in music when he was two years old with an interest in the drums. He gravitated to the piano and began formal lessons at five, eventually studying with influential teacher Vernon Lathon. Memorable influences at this time included the music that Reed heard in church, including pianists Read more

Billy Taylor - 42% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Benny Green - 37% match to Dave McKenna

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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