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Richie Cole - 100% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Cole, 29 February 1948, Trenton, New Jersey, USA. Cole took up the guitar as a small child, having heard jazz at two clubs, the Harlem and Hubby’s Inn, owned by his father. Before reaching his teens he had switched to alto saxophone on which instrument he studied with Phil Woods. Later, he attended Berklee College Of Music and then, in 1969, he joined Buddy Ric Read more

Russell Gunn - 95% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1973, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Trumpeter/composer Gunn first came to the attention of the jazz audience by appearing on Wynton Marsalis’ Blood On the Fields and with leaders Oliver Lake and Jimmy Heath, among others. Gunn has also contributed his talents to rock and pop performances, appearing on Lou Reed’s Set The Twilight Reeling and Maxwell’s Embrya and Unpl Read more

Wallace Roney - 90% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 May 1960, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Roney began playing trumpet at the age of seven and six years later was given some informal but invaluable tuition by Clark Terry. Later he studied briefly at both Howard University and Berklee College Of Music. In 1981 he was hired by Art Blakey and during the 80s he also met Miles Davis, whom he greatly admired, but did not ha Read more

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - 78% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Blues Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 March 1922, New York City, New York, USA, d. 3 November 1986, Culver City, California, USA. Davis began to make his mark on the jazz scene in his home town when he worked at Clark Monroe’s Uptown House in the late 30s. Despite this establishment’s close ties with the emergence of bebop a few years later, Davis’ tenor saxophone playing was rooted in swing and Read more

Jimmy Ponder - 69% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
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Woody Shaw - 58% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Herman Shaw II, 24 December 1944, Laurinburg, North Carolina, USA, d. 11 May 1989, New York City, New York, USA. Shaw was raised in Newark, New Jersey, where his father sang in a gospel group. Taking up the trumpet at the age of 11, he quickly attained a level of proficiency that allowed him to sit in with visiting jazzmen. He left school when he was 16 years old to work in Read more

Houston Person - 54% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 November 1934, Florence, South Carolina, USA. A late starter, Person took up the tenor saxophone in his late teenage years and gained considerable experience in bands during his military service. In the 60s he was sometimes sideman, sometimes leader of small groups cashing in on the organ-tenor fad, and was a member of Johnny Hammond’s group from 1963-66. Late in the Read more

Sonny Stitt - 54% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Boatner Stitt, 2 February 1924, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 22 July 1982, Washington, DC, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, Stitt gained his early experience playing in the big bands led by Tiny Bradshaw and Billy Eckstine. Influenced by Charlie Parker and by the many fine young beboppers he encountered on the Eckstine band, Stitt quickly developed into a formid Read more

Sonny Criss - 38% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Criss, 23 October 1923, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 19 November 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA. Criss first came to prominence in Los Angeles in the mid-late 40s, playing with Howard McGhee, Billy Eckstine, Gerald Wilson and Jazz At The Philharmonic. One of the first alto saxophonists to absorb the lessons of Charlie Parker, Criss developed into a fluent, intense Read more

Phil Woods - 37% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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2 November 1931, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA. Woods began playing alto saxophone as a child, studied later at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and by his early 20s had already made a significant mark on jazz. Playing hard bop and acknowledging Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker but never slavishly so, Woods became a vital force in jazz in the late 50s. He led his o Read more

Booker Ervin - 35% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 October 1930, Denison, Texas, USA, d. 31 August 1970, New York City, New York, USA. As a child, Ervin played trombone but switched to tenor saxophone in the early 50s during his military service. (He led his own small group when he was stationed on Okinawa.) After returning to civilian life, Ervin studied at Berklee College Of Music under Joe Viola, then worked with Ernie Read more

Cecil Brooks III - 29% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Jazz
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Zoot Sims - 28% match to Ricky Ford

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

Darrell Grant - 27% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Darrell Lemont Grant, 30 May 1962, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Grant was raised in Denver, Colorado, and from an early age studied classical and jazz piano. As a youth he toured jazz festivals with the Pearl Street Jazz Band and at 17 took up a scholarship at the Eastman School of Music where he was awarded a BM in Piano Performance. He also attended the University of Mia Read more

Richard "Groove" Holmes - 27% match to Ricky Ford

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Richard Arnold Holmes, 2 May 1931, Camden, New Jersey, USA, d. 29 June 1991, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. A self-taught organist, early in his career Holmes worked along the east coast. A 1961 recording session with Les McCann and Ben Webster resulted in widespread interest in his work. He toured and recorded throughout the 60s, achieving widespread acceptance among mainstream Read more


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