- 100% match to Mark Elf
c. 1956, New York City, New York, USA. Starting out playing drums, at the age of 10 Fox began playing guitar on which instrument she was at first influenced by Michael Nesmith, then the Beatles. She continued to play drums in a school jazz band and meanwhile diverse influences on her guitar playing included classicist Julian Bream. She was turned on to contemporary jazz thr
- 91% match to Mark Elf
18 January 1961, New York City, New York, USA. Broom began playing guitar at the age of 13 but was not interested in jazz until he heard Grover Washington Jnr. and George Benson. Brooms studies broadened his interests and he also learned to play bass, but it was the lineage of jazz guitar that most attracted his attention. Moving away from the rock and fusion influenc
- 34% match to Mark Elf
John Kenneth Davern, 7 January 1935, Huntington, New York, USA, d. 12 December 2006, Sandia Park, New Mexico, USA. A professional musician at the age of 16, Davern worked with Jack Teagarden and Phil Napoleon in the mid-50s, moving on to play with Henry Red Allen and Buck Clayton. In the early 60s he led his own small group and also played with the Dukes Of Dixie
22 July 1955, Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA. Playing guitar from an early age, Breakstone began taking an interest in jazz at the start of his teenage years. He studied privately with Sal Salvador and also attended Berklee College Of Music. In 1977, he toured Canada with Glen Hall, making his recording debut with this band. Breakstone taught guitar at Rhode Island Conservatory
- 25% match to Mark Elf
Harold Galper, 18 April 1938, Salem, Massachusetts, USA. Galper was taught classical piano as a boy but turned to jazz and studied at the Berklee College Of Music between 1955 and 1958. He was taught privately by Jaki Byard and Herb Pomeroy. He moved to Boston in 1959 and played with Herb Pomeroys big band. Then he worked with Sam Rivers, Tony Williams, Chet Baker, St
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
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.
Michael Wayne Carvin, 12 December 1944, Houston, Texas, USA. A child prodigy at the drums, Carvin studied with his father, Hank Carvin, who was a professional drummer. He himself played professionally from the start of his teenage years and by his late teens had moved to Los Angeles. There, he extended his studies and also gained experience gigging in the area. In 1968, afte
- 14% match to Mark Elf
- 13% match to Mark Elf
26 November 1945, Glasgow, Scotland. After starting out on guitar while he was still a small child, Mullen switched to bass in his early teens. He played in various dance bands in his home town before forming his own trio and reverting to guitar. At the end of the 60s he relocated to London and moved into R&B. In the early 70s he was frequently associated with jazz rock.