Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. ― Khalil Gibran
Profiles of The Band Members
It's all about the music, which means it's all about the way each band member, whether its the concert band or swing band, adds their sound to the whole. Get to know the band members in these brief profiles, which are posted from time to time as part of the series, Getting to Know the Band.
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April 26, 2017 |
The “Mother of the Blues,” Rainey had been singing the music for more than 20 years before she made her recording debut in 1923.
April 25, 2017 |
The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was arguably the finest female jazz singer of all time.
April 24, 2017 |
Presti first came to prominence as a child prodigy, before maturing into what some have called “the greatest guitarist of the 20th century, and possibly of all time.”
April 22, 2017 |
Irascible, demanding, bullying, and probably a genius, Charles Mingus cut himself a uniquely iconoclastic path through jazz in the middle of the 20th century.
April 16, 2017 |
Mann also played tenor saxophone and clarinet (including bass clarinet), but he was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute.
April 15, 2017 |
The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of “The Empress of the Blues.”