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Claude Hopkins - 54% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Claude Driskett Hopkins, 24 August 1903, Alexandria, Virginia, USA, d. 19 February 1984, New York City, New York, USA. Hopkins was born into a well-educated, middle-class family, both parents being members of the faculty of Howard University. He studied formally at Howard before starting a career as a dance band pianist. In the mid-20s he visited Europe as leader of a band a Read more

Oscar Peterson - 43% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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15 August 1925, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, d. 23 December 2007, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Blessed with an attractive stage personality, this behemoth of mainstream jazz’s fluid technique was influenced by Art Tatum, Errol Garner and, later, George Shearing. After studying trumpet, illness redirected Peterson to the piano. His enthusiasm resulted in endless hours of p Read more

Richie Kamuca - 42% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Kamuca, 23 July 1930, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 22 July 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. After working in groups in and around his home town, Kamuca joined the Stan Kenton Orchestra on tenor saxophone in 1952. Two years later he was in Woody Herman’s band and then settled on the west coast, where he played and recorded with, among others, Shelly Man Read more

Jack Sheldon - 40% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 November 1931, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. After studying trumpet as a child, Sheldon played professionally while still in his early teens. In the late 40s, now relocated in the Los Angeles area, he played with many leading west coast musicians, including Art Pepper, Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray. He was also closely associated with comedian Lenny Bruce. In 1955 he was o Read more

Gerald Wiggins - 35% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
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Jimmy Heath - 35% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Edward Heath, 25 October 1926, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The most versatile of the Heath brothers, saxophonist Jimmy joined the Howard McGhee band in 1947 with his older brother Percy Heath. Towards the end of the 40s he worked with Dizzy Gillespie, playing alto saxophone in small and big bands. Stylistically, Heath’s playing was broader and more personaliz Read more

Leo Parker - 31% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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18 April 1925, Washington, DC, USA, d. 11 February 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, an instrument on which he recorded with Coleman Hawkins, Parker switched to baritone in 1944 when he joined the bebop-orientated big band led by Billy Eckstine. For the next year or so he was a member of the band’s so-called ‘unholy four’. Fel Read more

Milt Jackson - 31% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 January 1923, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 9 October 1999, New York City, New York, USA. Jackson’s first professional engagement, at the age of 16, was in his home town, playing the vibraphone alongside tenor saxophonist Lucky Thompson (one year his junior). Jackson benefited from the 40s loose attitude towards band personnel, spending six years accompanying visiting mu Read more

George Van Eps - 28% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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7 August 1913, Plainfield, New Jersey, USA, d. 29 November 1998, Newport Beach, California, USA. The son of the famous banjoist Fred Van Eps, George played the banjo professionally before he was a teenager. At the age of 13 he heard Eddie Lang, decided to switch to guitar and within a couple of years was earning a reputation as a teacher. In the late 20s and early 30s he wor Read more

Conte Candoli - 26% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Secondo Candoli, 12 July 1927, Mishawaka, Indiana, USA, d. 14 December 2001, Palm Desert, California, USA. At the age of 13 Candoli was already showing a prodigious talent playing the trumpet, and studying alongside his older brother, Pete Candoli, with whom he performed briefly in the Woody Herman band at the age of 16. He went back home to finish school, then rejoined Herm Read more

Harry "Sweets" Edison - 24% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 October 1915, Columbus, Ohio, USA, d. 27 July 1999, Columbus, Ohio, USA. A trumpeter who was inspired by Louis Armstrong, Edison gained valuable early experience with a number of territory bands, including the excellent Jeter-Pillars Orchestra. After a short spell with Lucky Millinder, Edison joined the Count Basie band in 1938, where he remained until Basie folded his bi Read more

Teddy Charles - 24% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Charles Cohen, 13 April 1928, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, USA. After studying percussion at the New York Juilliard School of Music, Charles worked in a number of late-swing era big bands, including those led by Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. From the late 40s onwards he performed with numerous small groups, some of which were still dedicated to swing, but his inte Read more

Bill Holman - 23% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Willis Leonard Holman, 21 May 1927, Olive, California, USA. After studying at Westlake College, California, in the late 40s, tenor saxophonist Holman played in Charlie Barnet’s big band for three years, and then for four years with Stan Kenton. During this period Holman was not only playing but also contributing extensively to the Kenton band’s book, his charts bei Read more

Terry Gibbs - 22% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Big Band & Swing Country & Bluegrass Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Julius Gubenko, 13 October 1924, New York City, New York, USA. After all-round study of percussion, Gibbs briefly played drums professionally before and during military service. After discharge he concentrated on vibraphone, working with leaders such as Tommy Dorsey, Chubby Jackson and Buddy Rich. At the end of the 40s he achieved international prominence thanks to a two-ye Read more

Paul Gonsalves - 21% match to Manny Albam

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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12 July 1920, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 15 May 1974, London, England. Gonsalves’ first professional engagement in Boston was on tenor saxophone with the Sabby Lewis band, in which he played both before and after his military service during World War II. On leaving Lewis he played with Count Basie from 1946-49, was briefly with Dizzy Gillespie, and then joined Duke Read more


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