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Freddie Keppard - 59% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 February 1890, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 15 July 1933, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Before choosing to play the cornet, Keppard experimented with various other instruments, none of which was especially suitable for performing jazz. In the years before World War I he played with the Olympia Orchestra in New Orleans and several other parade and concert bands. He was leader Read more

Jimmy Blythe - 25% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Louis Blythe, January 1901, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, d. 21 June 1931, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Growing up in Chicago, Blythe was taught to play piano and made his first records in 1924. He recorded extensively, if often anonymously, being first-call accompanist for numerous record sessions by singers. He also formed and led many pick-up bands for record dates, using s Read more

Red Nichols - 24% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernest Loring Nichols, 8 May 1905, Ogden, Utah, USA, d. 28 June 1965, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Taught by his father, cornettist Nichols quickly became a highly accomplished performer. Strongly influenced by early white jazz bands, and in particular by Bix Beiderbecke, he moved to New York in the early 20s and was soon one of the busiest musicians in town. He recorded hundreds Read more

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Boyd Raeburn - 18% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Boyd Albert Raden, 27 October 1913, Faith, South Dakota, USA, d. 2 August 1966, Layfayette, Indiana, USA. Raeburn attended the University of Chicago, where he led a campus band, before becoming a professional musician leading a small, light music band, but in the 30s turned his attention to swing. In 1944 he formed a high-class band that featured some fine young musicians in Read more

Adrian Rollini - 17% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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28 June 1904, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 May 1956, Homestead, Florida, USA. After starting out on piano and xylophone, Rollini switched to bass saxophone in the early 20s. As a member of the prolific recording band the California Ramblers he played with many leading jazzmen of the day including Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer and Red Nichols. His younger brother, A Read more

Johnny Dodds - 15% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 April 1892, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 8 August 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Dodds did not begin playing clarinet until he was aged 17, but in taking lessons from Lorenzo Tio ensured that his late start did not hamper his career. In the years before World War I he played with Kid Ory and Fate Marable, mostly in his home town, and also worked with a minstrel show whe Read more

Bix Beiderbecke - 14% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leon Bix Beiderbecke, 10 March 1903, Davenport, Iowa, USA, d. 6 August 1931, New York City, New York, USA. One of the legends of jazz, a role he would doubtless have found wryly amusing had he lived to know of it, Bix Beiderbecke entered music when he began picking out tunes on piano and cornet at the age of 15. Inspired by records of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and by Read more

Fletcher Henderson - 13% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, 18 December 1897, Cuthbert, Georgia, USA, d. 28 December 1952, New York City, New York, USA. One of the most important figures in the development of big band music, in the early 30s Henderson set the standards by which early big band jazz was measured. He did this through a combination of selecting leading jazz players for his band and, together Read more

Turk Murphy - 12% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Melvin Edward Alton Murphy, 16 December 1915, Palermo, California, USA, d. 30 May 1987, San Francisco, California, USA. Murphy’s early career was as a trombonist in popular dance bands such as that led by Mal Hallett, but in the late 30s he joined the revivalist band led by Lu Watters and remained there for most of the next decade. After leaving Watters he formed his ow Read more

Ken Colyer - 11% match to Jabbo Smith

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 April 1928, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, d. 8 March 1988, France. Of all the musicians involved in the British revivalist movement of the late 40s and early 50s, trumpeter Colyer was the only one to achieve the status of a jazz legend. He achieved this through a gritty determination to adhere to what he believed to be the true spirit of jazz. Colyer first demonstrate Read more


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