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Stanley Turrentine - 100% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 April 1934, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 12 September 2000, New York City, USA. After playing cello Turrentine took up the tenor saxophone before reaching his teenage years. Born into a musical family (his father, Thomas Turrentine, played tenor with Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans, and his brother Tommy Turrentine was a proficient trumpet player), Stanley quickly beca Read more

Grant Green - 91% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 June 1935, St Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 31 January 1979, New York City, New York, USA. Heavily influenced by Charlie Christian, guitarist Green first played professionally with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and made his recording debut on organist Brother Jack McDuff’s classic 1960 session, The Honeydripper. Although noted particularly for his work in organ-guitar-dr Read more

Donald Byrd - 88% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Funk Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1932, Detroit, Michigan, USA. In the early 50s Byrd studied trumpet and composition and also played in bands during his military service. Later in the decade he was frequently called upon to record with leading bop musicians, including John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Phil Woods, Sonny Rollins, Art Blake, Kenny Clarke and Gigi Gryce (with whom he co-led the Jazz Lab Read more

Duke Pearson - 75% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Columbus Calvin Pearson Jnr., 17 August 1932, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 4 August 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. After studying piano and trumpet, Pearson opted for the former and played professionally in various parts of the USA before settling in New York at the end of the 50s. Working as both performer and composer, he associated with several leading musicians, including Don Read more

Bobby Hutcherson - 74% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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27 January 1941, Los Angeles, California, USA. After formal tuition on piano, Hutcherson switched to playing jazz vibraphone when he heard records by Milt Jackson. He worked briefly on the west coast then, in 1961, moved to New York, where he established himself as an inventive, forward-thinking musician. He played with many of the outstanding artists of the 60s, among them Read more

Lonnie Smith - 74% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 July 1942, Buffalo, New York, USA. Raised amid a musical family, Smith taught himself to play several instruments, including trumpet and tuba, before deciding to concentrate on the piano and, eventually, other keyboard instruments. In time, he settled on organ, becoming a successful practitioner on the Hammond B3. In the 50s, his first professional engagement was as singer Read more

Reuben Wilson - 74% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Funk Jazz
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Hank Mobley - 70% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Mobley, 7 July 1930, Eastman, Georgia, USA, d. 30 May 1986, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Tenor saxophonist Mobley began his professional career with an R&B band in 1950. The following year, he was attracting the attention of such important beboppers as Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie, and by 1954 his stature was such that he was invited to become a founder member Read more

The Three Sounds - 70% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Led by self-taught pianist Gene Harris (1 September 1933, Benton Harbour, Michigan, USA, d. 16 January 2000, Boise, Idaho, USA), the Three Sounds’ smooth mainstream jazz proved highly popular during a recording career that spanned over 10 years. After Harris left the army he played with several bands on the Midwest circuit, before befriending drummer Bill Dowdy in South Read more

Blue Mitchell - 68% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Allen Mitchell, 13 March 1930, Miami, Florida, USA, d. 21 May 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA. Mitchell’s early professional career found him playing trumpet in a number of R&B bands, including that led in the mid-50s by Earl Bostic. Later in the decade he worked briefly with Cannonball Adderley in New York, and then joined Horace Silver’s band, an e Read more

Jimmy Smith - 67% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Oscar Smith, 8 December 1925 (1928 is also cited by some sources), Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 8 February 2005, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The sound of the Hammond Organ in jazz was popularized by Smith, often using the prefix ‘the incredible’ or ‘the amazing’. He became the most famous jazz organist of all times and possibly the most influenti Read more

Cole Porter - 65% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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9 June 1891, Peru, Indiana, USA, d. 15 October 1964, Santa Monica, California, USA. One of the outstanding composers and lyricists of the twentieth century, Porter was born into a rich family, and studied music from an early age. In his teens he excelled in many academic subjects, and wrote songs and played the piano for his own amusement - activities he later pursued at Yal Read more

Duke Ellington - 65% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Classical Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Kennedy Ellington, 29 April 1899, Washington, DC, USA, d. 24 May 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Ellington began playing piano as a child but, despite some local success, took up a career as a sign-painter. In his teens he continued to play piano, studied harmony, composed his first tunes and was generally active in music in Washington. Among his childhood friends Read more

Horace Silver - 65% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, 2 September 1928, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. Silver studied piano and tenor saxophone at school, settling on the former instrument for his professional career. Early influences included Portuguese folk music (from his father), blues and bop. He formed a trio for local gigs which included backing visiting musicians. One such visitor, Stan Get Read more

Jimmy McGriff - 65% match to Lou Donaldson

Genres: Disco Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Herrell, 3 April 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Encouraged by a musical home environment (both his parents were pianists), by the time he left school, McGriff played not only piano but bass, vibes, drums and saxophone. He played with Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Charles Earland and Donald Bailey in his youth, but after two years as an military policeman in the Read more


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