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Art Hodes - 78% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur W. Hodes, 14 November 1904, Nikoliev, Ukraine, d. 4 March 1993, Harvey, Illinois, USA. A few months after Hodes was born, his family emigrated from Russia and settled in Chicago, Illinois. He began playing piano and by his late teenage years was working in dancehalls and clubs. He played with several local bands, including Wingy Manone’s, but also established him Read more

Eubie Blake - 59% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Hubert Blake, 7 February 1883, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, d. 12 February 1983, New York City, New York, USA. Eubie Blake grew up to the sounds of ragtime music, and before the turn of the century was playing piano in sporting houses and other similar establishments. He was a composer too, and in 1915 joined forces with Noble Sissle; they played in vaudeville as a double Read more

James P. Johnson - 49% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Price Johnson, 1 February 1894, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, d. 17 November 1955, New York City, New York, USA. Taught piano by his mother, Johnson assimilated a wide range of musical styles. In the years following his family’s relocation to New York, he continued his studies and by his late teens was working in clubs in the Hell’s Kitchen district. Johnso Read more

Teddy Wilson - 40% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Theodore Shaw Wilson, 24 November 1912, Austin, Texas, USA, d. 31 July 1986, New Britain, Connecticut, USA. Born into a middle-class family, Wilson grew up in Tuskegee where his parents moved to take up teaching posts at the university. He studied violin and piano at Tuskegee and later extended his studies at college in Alabama. In 1929, by now concentrating on piano, he bec Read more

Eddie Heywood - 31% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s
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4 December 1915, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, d. 2 January 1989, North Miami, Florida, USA. Heywood received his first piano lessons from his father, also named Eddie, who was a well-known band leader in the 20s. Heywood joined his father, playing piano in the pit band at an Atlanta theatre. He also accompanied singers, including Bessie Smith, and thereafter worked in various smal Read more

Pee Wee Russell - 29% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Charles Ellsworth Russell, 27 March 1906, Maple Wood, Missouri, USA, d. 15 February 1969, Alexandria. Russell began playing clarinet in the early 20s and by 1927, the year he came to New York, had already worked with luminaries such as Jack Teagarden, Frank Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke. In the late 20s and throughout the 30s and 40s, Russell played with numerous jazzmen wor Read more

Willie "The Lion" Smith - 29% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith, 25 November 1897, Goshen, New York, USA, d. 18 April 1973, New York City, New York, USA. Smith began playing piano at the age of six, encouraged by his mother. He continued with his informal musical education and by his mid-teenage years had established a formidable reputation in New York as a ragtime pianist. During World War Read more

Casa Loma Orchestra - 28% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Canadian tycoon Sir Henry Pellatt had delusions of grandeur similar to those exhibited by William Randolph Hearst. Pellatt’s equivalent to Hearst’s castle at San Simeon was Casa Loma, a house he built near Toronto. In 1929 a group of musicians, originally controlled by contractor Jean Goldkette and working as the Orange Blossoms, mainly in Canada, decided to strike ou Read more

Earl Hines - 24% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s
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Pete Johnson - 20% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 March 1904, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 23 March 1967, Buffalo, New York, USA. After playing drums when a teenager, Johnson switched to piano in 1926 and swiftly became a leading exponent of the blues. He was also an excellent accompanist to blues singers; especially Joe Turner, with whom he established a partnership that lasted for the rest of his life. In 1936 the ub Read more

Matt Molloy - 19% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Albert Ammons - 18% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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23 September 1907, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 2 December 1949, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Ammons began playing piano as a small child and worked in Chicago clubs while still a youth. In the late 20s and early 30s he played in a number of small bands but his real forte was as a soloist. After establishing himself as an important blues piano player in Chicago in the mid-30s, a pe Read more

Kenny Davern - 18% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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 Read more

Claude Bolling - 17% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Big Band & Swing Classical Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 April 1930, Cannes, France. After showing prodigious talent as a child pianist, Bolling began playing professionally while still in his early teens. Strongly influenced by ragtime and early jazz pianists and by other figures as diverse as Duke Ellington and Art Tatum, Bolling swiftly became recognized in France as a major pianist. He played at concerts, festivals and on r Read more

Jimmy Yancey - 16% match to Ralph Sutton

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Edward Yancey, 20 February 1898, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 17 September 1951, Chicago, Illinois, USA. While still a small child Yancey appeared in vaudeville as a tap dancer and singer. After touring the USA and Europe he abandoned this career and, just turned 20, settled in Chicago where he taught himself to play piano. He began to appear at rent parties and informal Read more


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