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Jimmy McGriff - 79% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: 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

Rusty Bryant - 77% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz
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Charles Kynard - 76% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz
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Hank Crawford - 73% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bennie Ross Crawford, 21 December 1934, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. One of the most prolific jazz/blues saxophonists, Crawford came to prominence as a member of the Ray Charles band in the late 50s. After studying at the University of Tennessee, he joined Charles in 1958, playing baritone saxophone and working closely with the leader on arrangements and new material. Eventually Read more

The Crusaders - 66% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This remarkably versatile group was formed in Houston, Texas, as the Swingsters. During the 50s, Wilton Felder (31 August 1940, Houston, Texas, USA; reeds), Wayne Henderson (b. 24 September 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; trombone), Joe Sample (b. 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; keyboards) and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper (b. 15 August 1938, Houston, Texas, USA; drums), Read more

Charles Earland - 65% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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24 May 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 11 December 1999, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Earland began his musical career, playing saxophone, while still at school. First on alto and then tenor, he played with a number of bands and soon after graduation joined the small band led by organist Jimmy McGriff. Later, he formed a band of his own using the currently popular o Read more

Idris Muhammad - 55% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leo Morris, 13 November 1939, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Immaculate, imaginative and equally at home on contemporary jazz and more popular funk and soul sessions, Idris Muhammad is one of America’s most impressive and swinging drummers. Playing since the age of eight, he began working professionally in the soul scene in the early 60s, accompanying vocalists Jerry Butl Read more

Funk Inc. - 50% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
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Howard Roberts - 46% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Howard Mancel Roberts, 2 October 1929, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, d. 28 June 1992, Seattle, Washington, USA. After intensive studies on guitar and in music theory, Roberts became a very busy studio musician in Los Angeles. Through the 50s and 60s he played on countless records, mostly pop and rock, but he also featured on several jazz dates. During these years he played in jazz Read more

Grant Green - 39% match to Melvin Sparks

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

Les McCann - 38% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Leslie Coleman McCann, 23 September 1935, Lexington, Kentucky, USA. ‘There is no end to the possibilities (and fun) in music. So, why don’t we get on in there and get it?’ McCann’s comment highlights two distinctive elements of his music: an interest in innovation, particularly in new technology, and a preference for the dance-based rhythms of jazz, gospe Read more

Garaj Mahal - 35% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz
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Stanton Moore - 34% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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9 July 1972, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Playing drums from an early age, Moore drew upon several aspects of the rich music scene of New Orleans. Based in the city, in the early 90s he played regularly with Galactic, a funk band for which his assertive drum style was admirably suited. Meanwhile, Moore was studying music and business at Loyola University and soon after gradu Read more

Blue Mitchell - 33% match to Melvin Sparks

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

Gene Ludwig - 33% match to Melvin Sparks

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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4 September 1937, Twin Rocks, Pennsylvania, USA. Raised and educated in Swissvale, a small town a few miles east of Pittsburgh, Ludwig was given piano instruction by his mother. His liking for R&B was put on hold while he studied at a teachers college and thereafter held a succession of jobs. He had listened to many visiting musicians, including pianists Ray Bryant, Ahma Read more


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