Sir George Shearing, OBE was a British jazz pianist who for many years led a popular jazz group that recorded for Discovery Records, MGM Records and Capitol Records. The composer of over 300 titles, including the jazz standard Lullaby of Birdland, had multiple albums on the Billboard charts during the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s and 1990s and he died of heart failure in New York City, at the age of 91. Born in Battersea, Shearing was the youngest of nine children and he was born blind to working class parents, his father delivered coal and his mother cleaned trains in the evening. He started to learn piano at the age of three and began training at Linden Lodge School for the Blind, where he spent four years. Though he was offered scholarships, Shearing opted to perform at a local pub. He joined a band during that time and was influenced by the records of Teddy Wilson. Shearing made his first BBC radio broadcast during this time after befriending Leonard Feather, in 1940, Shearing joined Harry Parrys popular band and contributed to the comeback of Stéphane Grappelli.
Shearing won seven consecutive Melody Maker polls during this time, around that time he was a member of George Evanss Saxes n Sevens band. In 1947, Shearing emigrated to the United States, where his harmonically complex style mixing swing, one of his first performances was at the Hickory House. He performed with the Oscar Pettiford Trio and led a quartet with Buddy DeFranco. Shearing said of this hit that it was as accidental as it could be and he became known for a piano technique known as Shearings voicing, a type of double melody block chord, with an additional fifth part that doubles the melody an octave lower. In 1956, Shearing became a citizen of the United States. He continued to play with his quintet, with augmented players through the years and he created his own label, that lasted a few years. Along with dozens of stars of his day, Shearing appeared on ABCs The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom. Earlier, he had appeared on the networks reality show, The Comeback Story. In 1970, he began to phase out his by-now-predictable quintet, Shearing played with a trio, as a soloist and increasingly in a duo.
Among his collaborations were sets with the Montgomery Brothers, Marian McPartland, Jim Hall, Hank Jones and Kenny Davern. In 1979, Shearing signed with Concord Records, and recorded for the label with Mel Tormé and this collaboration garnered Shearing and Tormé two Grammys, one in 1983 and another in 1984
Frode Haltli, is a Norwegian accordion player. He studied the accordion at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo from 1994 and at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen and his debut album Looking on Darkness was awarded Spellemannprisen for the best contemporary music album. He received the French Prix Gus Viseur in 2004 for the same album and his next album Passing images featured his own interpretations of Norwegian folk. He was joined by Arve Henriksen, Garth Knox and Maja Ratkje on this album, frode currently lives in Svartskog, close to Oslo but frequently tours abroad, in Europe, Russia and Asia. He teaches accordion at The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and he has performed as a soloist with major orchestras around the world and is actively working with chamber music—the trio POING taking up much of his time currently. The trio, with Rolf-Erik Nystrøm on the saxophone and Håkon Thelin on the double bass, mainly performs contemporary music
Albany Leon Barney Bigard was an American jazz clarinetist known for his 15-year tenure with Duke Ellington. Bigard was born in New Orleans to a family of Creoles, the son of Alexander and Emanuella Bigard, he had two brothers, Alexander Jr. and Sidney. His uncle, Emile Bigard, was a jazz violinist and he attended local schools and studied music and clarinet with Lorenzo Tio. In the early 1920s he moved to Chicago, where he worked with King Oliver, during this period, much of his recording, including with clarinetist Johnny Dodds, was on tenor saxophone, which he played often with great lyricism, as on Olivers Someday Sweetheart. In 1927 Bigard joined Duke Ellingtons orchestra in New York, where he was part of the Harlem Renaissance and he played with Ellington until 1942. They played primarily at the Cotton Club, with Ellington, he was the featured clarinet soloist, while doing section work on tenor saxophone. After leaving Ellingtons orchestra, Bigard moved to Los Angeles, California and he did soundtrack work for Hollywood film studios and had an onscreen featured role with an all-star band led by Louis Armstrong in the film New Orleans.
He began working with trombonist Kid Orys group during the late 1940s and he worked with Armstrongs touring band, the All Stars, and others. Bigard appeared and played in the movie St. Louis Blues, with Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Bigard wrote an autobiography entitled With Louis and The Duke. He is credited as composer or co-composer on several numbers, notably the Ellington standard Mood Indigo, the first version of the song Caravan was recorded in Hollywood,18 December 1936, and performed as an instrumental by Barney Bigard and His Jazzopators. Two takes were recorded and were issued, although L-0373-2 is by far the more commonly found take, the band members were Cootie Williams, Juan Tizol, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney, Duke Ellington, Billy Taylor, and Sonny Greer. All of the players were members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, even though Ellington was present at the recording date, the session leader was Bigard. When Ellington signed with Victor in 1940, Bigard recorded for Bluebird under his own name and he sat in with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for some of their biggest hits, such as Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug, and Tuxedo Junction.
Bigard was a member of Louis Armstrongs All Stars before, Bigard can be seen with the All Stars in the movie The Glenn Miller Story. After World War II, Bigard recorded under his own name for Signature Records, Black & White, Selmer Records and he recorded an album for Liberty in 1957 and an album for French Vogue Records as Barney Bigard-Claude Luter Quintet in 1966. Bigard died on June 27,1980, in Culver City, with Louis and The Duke – Barney Bigards autobiography Barney Bigard at the Internet Movie Database Barney Bigard at the Internet Broadway Database
John Patitucci is an American jazz bassist. John James Patitucci was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 22,1959, when he was 12 he bought his first bass and decided on his career. He listened to bass parts in R&B songs on the radio and he cites as influences Oscar Petersons albums with Ray Brown and Wes Montgomerys with Ron Carter. For the development of rhythm, he points to the time he has spent with Danilo Pérez, in the late 1970s he studied acoustic bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University. He began his career when he moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and made connections with Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin. From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s he was a member of three Chick Corea groups, the Electrik Band, the Acoustic Band, and the quartet. As a leader he formed a trio with Joey Calderazzo and Peter Erskine, and a quartet with Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Tavaglione, on various occasions he played with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Roy Haynes. Patitucci switches between acoustic and electric bass and he was the artistic director of the Bass Collective, a school for bassists in New York City, and he is involved with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program.
He was Professor of Jazz Studies at City College of New York, in June 2012 he launched the Online Jazz Bass School. He was appointed artist in residence at Berklee College of Music, directed by Patrick Cone, the film features footage from rehearsals, studio sessions, and live performances, following the creation of Patituccis 2014 album Brooklyn. Featured interviews include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Wayne Shorter
Alphonso Johnson is an American jazz bassist, who has been active since the early 1970s. Born in Philadelphia, Johnson started off as a bass player. Beginning his career in the early 1970s, Johnson showed innovation and he sessioned with a few jazz musicians before landing a job with Weather Report, taking over for co-founding member Miroslav Vitous. Johnson first debuted with Weather Report on the album Mysterious Traveller and he appeared on two more Weather Report albums, Tale Spinnin and Black Market before he left the band to work with drummer Billy Cobham. During 1976-77 he recorded three albums as a band leader, for the Epic label, in a fusion-funk vein. Johnson was one of the first musicians to introduce the Chapman Stick to the public, in 1977 his knowledge of the instrument offered him a rehearsal with Genesis, who were looking for a replacement for guitarist Steve Hackett. Johnson was one of two players on Phil Collinss first solo album, Face Value, in 1981. In early 1982, Johnson joined Grateful Dead member Bob Weirs side project Bobby and he would reunite with Weir in 2000, playing bass in place of Phil Lesh on tour with The Other Ones.
He has performed fusion versions of Grateful Dead songs alongside Billy Cobham in the band Jazz Is Dead, in 1983, he performed on the hit title track from Jeffrey Osbornes Stay with Me Tonight album. He played in the Latin/rock band Santana in 1985-1989, in 1996, Johnson played bass on tracks Dance on a Volcano and Fountain of Salmacis on Steve Hacketts Genesis Revisited album. Later in 1996, Johnson toured Europe and Japan with composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist James Beard, drummer Rodney Holmes, since the fall of 2011 he has been working toward a music education degree at the Department of Music at California State University, Northridge. He has an experience as a bass teacher and has conducted bass seminars and clinics in Germany, France, Ireland, Switzerland, Brazil. He is currently an instructor at the University of Southern California. Spirits Dancing in the Flesh Abraxas Pool With Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited The Alphonso Johnson official website
Eberhard Weber is a German double bassist and composer. As a bass player, he is known for his distinctive tone. Webers compositions blend chamber jazz, European classical music and ambient music, Weber began recording in the early 1960s, and released The Colours of Chloë, his first record under his own name, in 1973. In addition to his career as a musician, he worked for many years as a television. He has designed an electric-acoustic bass with a string tuned to C. Webers music, often in a tone, frequently utilizes ostinatos, yet is highly organized in its colouring. He was a proponent of the solid-body electric double bass. From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, Webers closest musical association was with pianist Wolfgang Dauner and their many mutual projects were diverse, from mainstream jazz to jazz-rock fusion to avant-garde sound experiments. Starting with The Colours of Chloë, Weber has released 10 more records under his own name, the ECM association led to collaborations with other ECM recording artists such as Gary Burton, Ralph Towner, Pat Metheny, and Jan Garbarek.
In the mid-1970s Weber formed his own group, with Charlie Mariano, Rainer Brüninghaus, after their first recording, Yellow Fields, Christensen left and was replaced by John Marshall. The group toured extensively and recorded two records, Silent Feet and Little Movements, before disbanding. Since the early 1980s, Weber has regularly collaborated with the British singer-songwriter Kate Bush, during the 1980s, Weber toured with Barbara Thompsons jazz ensemble Paraphernalia. His main touring activity during that period was as a member of the Jan Garbarek Group. In 2009 ECM re-released his albums Yellow Fields, Silent Feet, in 2007, Weber suffered a stroke and was subsequently unable to perform. In a January 2010 interview with Die Welt, he spoke about his medical condition, Weber was awarded the prestigious Albert Mangelsdorff-Preis in November 2009. A box set of his 1970s works was released by ECM Records the same month, electric upright bass Discography Eberhard Weber on ECM Records
Stanley Clarke is an American jazz musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and electric bass as well as for his numerous film and television scores. He is best known for his work with the fusion band Return to Forever and he was introduced to the bass as a schoolboy when he arrived late on the day instruments were distributed to students and acoustic bass was one of the few remaining selections. A graduate of Roxborough High School in Philadelphia, he attended the Philadelphia Musical Academy, during the 1970s, Clarke joined the jazz fusion group Return to Forever, led by pianist and synth player Chick Corea. The group released albums that achieved both mainstream popularity and critical acclaim. In 1981, Clark and George Duke formed the Clarke/Duke Project and their song Sweet Baby was a Top 20 hit. In 2006 Clarke reunited with George Duke and toured with him for the first time in fifteen years, Stanley Clarke was a member of The New Barbarians, a band Ronnie Wood had assembled in 1979 to play gigs in the US, Canada and UK.
Other band members included Keith Richards, Ziggy Modeliste, Ian McLagan and this version of the New Barbarians played their final concert in the Knebworth Festival,1979. To date three official live recordings have been released of the New Barbarians 1979 tour and these all include Stanley Clarke as bass player. In the late 1980s, Clarke and drummer Stewart Copeland, of the rock band The Police, in 2005 Clarke toured as Trio. with Béla Fleck and Jean-Luc Ponty. The U. S. and European tour was nominated for a 2006 Jammy Award in the category of Tour of the Year and he has played with Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham and Al Di Meola. In 2009 he released Jazz in the Garden, featuring the Stanley Clarke Trio with pianist Hiromi Uehara, the following year he released the Stanley Clarke Band, with Ruslan Sirota on keyboards and Ronald Bruner, Jr. on drums, the album features Hiromi on piano. Clarke started his career in the early 1970s and released a number of albums under his own name.
His best known solo album is School Days, along with Jaco Pastoriuss self-titled debut, is one of the most influential solo bass recordings in fusion history and his albums Stanley Clarke and Journey to Love are notable. Clarke released The Toys of Men in 2007 and this was his first release in five years, on October 17,2007. The first week of release it went to No.2 on the Contemporary Jazz Chart of Billboard magazine, the album examines the subject of war, and it includes performances by Esperanza Spalding, Ruslan Sirota, Paulinho da Costa and Mads Tolling. Since the 1980s, Clarke has turned much of his energy to television and he is credited for the scores for the ABC Family Channel series Lincoln Heights as well as composing the theme song for the show. Clarke began with TV scores for ABCs short-lived series A Man Called Hawk and he scored The Transporter and Remember the Time a video by Michael Jackson directed by John Singleton. In the 2000s, he composed music for Soul Food on the Showtime Network, BET-J launched a series hosted by Clarke entitled On the Road with Stanley Clarke in June 2006
Heywood Woody Allen is an American actor, director, comedian and musician whose career spans more than six decades. He worked as a writer in the 1950s, writing jokes and scripts for television. In the early 1960s, Allen began performing as a stand-up comedian, as a comedian, he developed the persona of an insecure, fretful nebbish, which he maintains is quite different from his real-life personality. In 2004, Comedy Central ranked Allen in fourth place on a list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians and he is often identified as part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmakers of the mid-1960s to late 1970s. Allen often stars in his films, typically in the persona he developed as a standup, some of the best-known of his over 40 films are Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters. In 2007 he said Stardust Memories, The Purple Rose of Cairo, critic Roger Ebert described Allen as a treasure of the cinema. Allen won four Academy Awards, three for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Director and he won nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards.
His screenplay for Annie Hall was named the funniest screenplay by the Writers Guild of America in its list of the 101 Funniest Screenplays, in 2011, PBS televised the film biography Woody Allen, A Documentary on the American Masters TV series. Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg in Brooklyn, New York and he and his sister, were raised in Midwood, Brooklyn. He is the son of Nettie, a bookkeeper at her familys delicatessen, and Martin Konigsberg and his family was Jewish, his grandparents immigrated from Russia and Austria, and spoke Yiddish and German. His parents were born and raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. His childhood was not particularly happy, his parents did not get along, Allen spoke German quite a bit in his early years. He would joke that when he was young he was sent to inter-faith summer camps. While attending Hebrew school for eight years, he went to Public School 99 and to Midwood High School, at that time, he lived in an apartment at 968 East 14th Street. Unlike his comic persona, he was interested in baseball than school.
He impressed students with his talent at card and magic tricks. To raise money, he wrote jokes for agent David O. Alber, at the age of 17, he legally changed his name to Heywood Allen and began to call himself Woody Allen. According to Allen, his first published joke read, Woody Allen says he ate at a restaurant that had O. P. S and he was earning more than both parents combined
Marcus Miller is an American jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a bass guitarist. He has worked with trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Herbie Hancock, singer Luther Vandross, Miller was born in Brooklyn, New York City, in 1959 and raised in a musical family that includes his father, William Miller and jazz pianist Wynton Kelly. He is classically trained as a clarinetist and plays keyboards, saxophone and he began to work regularly in New York City, eventually playing bass and writing music for jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. After being discovered by Michal Urbaniak in 1975, Miller spent approximately 15 years performing as a session musician, during that time he did a lot of arranging and producing. He was a member of the Saturday Night Live band 1988–1989 and he wrote the intro to Aretha Franklins I Wanna Make It Up To You. He has played bass on over 500 recordings including those of Luther Vandross, roberta Flack, Carly Simon, McCoy Tyner, Bryan Ferry and Billy Idol.
He won the Most Valuable Player award three years in a row and was awarded player emeritus status and retired from eligibility. In the nineties, Miller began to write his own music and make his own records, putting a band together and touring regularly. Between 1988 and 1990 he appeared both as a musical director and as the house band bass player in the Sunday Night Band during two seasons of Sunday Night on NBC late-night television. As a composer, Miller co-wrote several songs on the Miles Davis album Tutu and he composed Chicago Song for David Sanborn and co-wrote Til My Baby Comes Home, Its Over Now, For You to Love, and Power of Love for Luther Vandross. Miller wrote Da Butt, which was featured in Spike Lees School Daze, Miller currently has his own band. In 1997 he played guitar and bass clarinet in a band called Legends, featuring Eric Clapton, Joe Sample, David Sanborn. It was an 11-date tour of major festivals in Europe. Miller hosts a jazz history and influences show called Miller Time with Marcus Miller on the Real Jazz channel of Sirius XM Holdings satellite radio system.
In addition to his recording and performance career, Miller has established a career as a film score composer. Miller has won numerous Grammy Awards as a producer for Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chaka Khan and Wayne Shorter. He won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1992, for Luther Vandross Power of Love and in 2001 he won for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for his solo instrumental album. In 2012 Miller was appointed an UNESCO Artist for Peace supporting and promoting the UNESCO Slave Route Project and his 2015 album, earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Steve Swallow is a jazz bassist and composer noted for his numerous collaborations with musicians including Jimmy Giuffre, Gary Burton and Carla Bley. He was one of the first jazz bassists to switch entirely to electric bass guitar. Born in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Swallow studied piano and trumpet, as a child, while attending a prep school, he began trying his hand in jazz improvisation. In 1960, he left Yale, where he was studying composition, after joining Art Farmers quartet in 1963, Swallow began to write. It is in the 1960s that his association with Gary Burtons various bands began. In the early 1970s, Swallow switched exclusively to electric bass guitar, along with Monk Montgomery and Bob Cranshaw, Swallow was among the first jazz bassists to do so. He plays with a pick, and his style involves intricate solos in the upper register, in 1974–1976, Swallow taught at the Berklee College of Music. He contributed several of his compositions to the Berklee students who assembled the first edition of The Real Book and he recorded an album, Real Book, with the picture of a well-worn, coffee-stained book on the cover.
In 1978 Swallow became an essential and constant member of Carla Bleys band and he has been Bleys romantic partner since the 1980s. He toured extensively with John Scofield in the early 1980s, and has returned to this several times over the years. Swallow has consistently won the electric bass category in Down Beat yearly polls and his compositions have been covered by, among others, Jim Hall, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Stan Getz and Gary Burton. S. Watt/XtraWatt – the recording company run by Swallow and Bley Jazz changes – a Conversation with Steve Swallow
Joe Mooney (musician)
Joe Mooney was an American jazz and pop accordionist and vocalist. Mooney was born in Paterson, New Jersey and he went blind when he was around 10 years of age. Mooneys first job, at age 12, was playing the piano for requests called in to a radio station. They continued performing together on WLW in Cincinnati until 1936, after which time Dan Mooney left the music industry, in 1937, Mooney began working as a pianist and arranger for Frank Dailey,505 a role he reprised with Buddy Rogers in 1938. Through the early 1940s he arranged for Paul Whiteman,453 Vincent Lopez, Larry Clinton, Les Brown and he put together his own quartet in 1943, he sang and played accordion with accompaniment on guitar and clarinet. This group experienced considerable success in the United States in the last half of the 1940s, as for Mooney himself, the columnist wrote that he played in virtuoso fashion. A fellow who knows not only his instrument, but jazz music, in the 1950s, Mooney sang with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra,463 and he played with Johnny Smith in 1953.
After moving to Florida in 1954 he concentrated more on organ, in 1963, a group of friends formed a company to produce a record, Joe Mooney and His Friends. He recorded again in the middle of the 1960s, Joe Mooney died at age 64, on May 12,1975, in Fort Lauderdale, after a stroke. Incomplete You Go to My Head Joe Mooneys Song Lush Life The Greatness of Joe Mooney The Happiness of Joe Mooney Scott Yanow, Joe Mooney at Allmusic