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Profiles of The Band Members

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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 |

Ma Rainey Born This Date in the 1880s.

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 |

Celebrate the Birth of Ella Fitzgerald

The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was arguably the finest female jazz singer of all time.

April 24, 2017 |

French Guitarist Ida Presti Born This Date in 1924

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 |

Charles Mingus Born This Date

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 |

Jazz Floutist Herbie Mann Born Today

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 |

Celebrate the Birth Date of the “Empress of the Blues”

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.”

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