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Ernest Ranglin - 100% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz Reggae
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 June 1932, Manchester, Jamaica, West Indies. Ranglin had two uncles who played guitar and ukulele, and as a child he would pick up their instruments and try to imitate their playing. He was also influenced by the recordings of Charlie Christian, and by Cecil Hawkins, an unrecorded local guitarist. At the age of 15, Ranglin joined his first group, the Val Bennett band, and Read more

Hampton Hawes - 70% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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13 November 1928, Los Angeles, California, USA, d. 22 May 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. Born into a musical family (his mother played piano for the church run by his Presbyterian minister father), Hawes taught himself to play piano by listening to records of 30s jazz piano giants, among them Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines and Fats Waller. He began to play professionally Read more

Zoot Sims - 68% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Haley Sims, 29 October 1925, Inglewood, California, USA, d. 23 March 1985, New York City, New York, USA. Sims played clarinet in grade school but took up the tenor saxophone to work with singer Kenny Baker in 1941. He played with Bobby Sherwood from 1942-43, Sonny Durham in 1943 and the Benny Goodman big band in 1944. His recording debut was with Joe Bushkin’s smal Read more

Michel Camilo - 67% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 April 1954, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Composing his first song at the age of five, Camilo was heavily influenced by Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and McCoy Tyner, as well as great classical composers for piano, and the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. He attended the National Conservatory of the Dominican Republic for 13 years and earned a professorship in music. At 16 Read more

Hank Jones - 65% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Christian & Gospel Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Henry Jones, 31 July 1918, Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. Eldest of three remarkable brothers in jazz (Thad Jones and Elvin Jones), Hank Jones was raised in Pontiac, Michigan and by the beginning of his teenage years played piano professionally in local bands. In 1944 he went to New York where he joined the Oran ‘ Hot Lips’ Page band. Although Jones had previously b Read more

Kenny Barron - 62% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz Latin
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Kenneth Barron, 9 June 1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After studying piano as a child, Barron began playing professionally when still in his early teens. Performing first in R&B bands, he began to concentrate on jazz, and in the late 50s and early 60s played briefly with Philly Joe Jones and Yusef Lateef. From 1961, he was resident in New York, playing with James Read more

Tommy Flanagan - 62% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz
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Ray Brown - 61% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Soundtracks Vocals
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Gene Harris - 60% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 September 1933, Benton Harbour, Michigan, USA, d. 16 January 2000, Boise, Idaho, USA. A self-taught pianist, Harris extended his playing ability from its original boogie-woogie base while on military service. In the mid-50s he formed the Three Sounds with drummer Bill Dowdy and bass player Andrew Simpkins. The trio played highly popular bluesy mainstream jazz and recorded Read more

Red Garland - 60% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William M. Garland, 13 May 1923, Dallas, Texas, USA, d. 23 April 1984, Dallas, Texas, USA. Garland turned to the piano in his late teens, having earlier studied and played reed instruments. Although initially inspired by mainstream artists, he moved into bebop in the late 40s, accompanying Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and others while still playing regularly with musicians s Read more

Charlie Byrd - 59% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 September 1925, Chuckatuck, Virginia, USA, d. 2 December 1999, Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Byrd began playing guitar while still a small child and by the start of World War II was already highly proficient. During the war he met and played with Django Reinhardt and soon after the end of the war he became a full-time professional musician. He played in a number of popular da Read more

Jacky Terrasson - 57% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jacques-Laurent Terrasson, 27 November 1966, Berlin, Germany. Born to a music loving French mother and an American father, Terrasson began playing piano at the age of five. His musical upbringing was steeped in the music of the jazz greats, from Billie Holiday and Bill Evans to Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. Terrasson studied at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston befor Read more

McCoy Tyner - 56% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alfred McCoy Tyner, 11 December 1938, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Beginning in his early teens, Tyner studied piano formally for several years before joining the jazztet led by Benny Golson and Art Farmer in 1959. The following year he joined John Coltrane, with whom he had previously gigged in Philadelphia. He remained with Coltrane until 1965 in what became known as t Read more

Marian McPartland - 55% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Margaret Marian Turner, 20 March 1920, Slough, Berkshire, England. Prior to World War II, McPartland played British music halls as a member of a four-piano group led by Billy Mayerl. While touring with ENSA (the British equivalent of America’s USO), she met and married Jimmy McPartland. At the end of the war she went to the USA with her husband, quickly establishing a r Read more

Barry Harris - 49% match to Monty Alexander

Genres: Jazz
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