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Kevin Eubanks Day

November 15, 2018

Kevin Tyrone Eubanks (born November 15, 1957 in Philadelphia) is an American jazz and fusion guitarist and composer. He was the leader of The Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno from 1995 to 2010. He also led the Primetime Band on the short-lived The Jay Leno Show.

Kevin Eubanks and Obed Calvaire with Dave Holland Trio at Vossajazz 2016.

Eubanks was born into a musical family. His mother, Vera Eubanks, is a gospel and classical pianist and organist. His uncle, Ray Bryant, was a jazz pianist. His older brother, Robin Eubanks, is a trombonist, and his younger brother Duane Eubanks is a trumpeter. Two cousins are also musicians, the late bassist David Eubanks and the pianist Charles Eubanks. Kevin studied violin and trumpet before settling on the guitar.

Little Willie John Day

November 15, 2018

William EdwardLittle WillieJohn (November 15, 1937 – May 26, 1968)was an American R&B singer who performed in the 1950s and early 1960s. He is best known for his successes on the record charts, with songs such as “All Around the World” (1955), “Need Your Love So Bad” (1956), and “Fever” (1956). An important figure in R&B music of the 1950s, John was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

John was born in Cullendale, Arkansas, one of ten children born to Lillie (née Robinson) and Mertis John. Many sources erroneously give his middle name as Edgar. His family moved to Detroit, Michigan, when he was four, so that his father could find factory work. In the late 1940s, the eldest children, including Willie, formed a gospel singing group. Willie also performed in talent shows, which brought him to the notice of Johnny Otis and, later, the musician and producer Henry Glover. After seeing him sing with the Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams orchestra, Glover signed him to a recording contract with King Records in 1955. He was nicknamed “Little Willie” for his short stature.

Gus Johnson Day

November 15, 2018

Gus Johnson (November 15, 1913 – February 6, 2000) was an American swing drummer in various jazz bands, born in Tyler, Texas, United States. After learning to play drums from his next-door neighbor, Johnson occasionally played professionally at the age of ten in the Lincoln Theater, and performed in various local groups, most notable McDavid’s Blue Rhythm Band. Upon graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, Johnson moved to Kansas City, where he took up drumming full-time. He joined Jay McShann‘s Orchestra in 1938, with his music career being interrupted by his conscription into the military in 1943.

In 1945, Johnson returned from his stint in the military, and relocated to Chicago to perform in the Jesse Miller Band. Johnson played on Willie Dixon’s debut album, ‘Willie’s Blues.’ He subsequently played alongside Count Basie and was recorded on the album Basie Rides Again in 1952. Following a recovery from appendicitis Johnson was featured in numerous groups and dozens of recordings in the 1960s. In 1972, his former bandmates from Jay McShann’s Orchestra reconvened to record Going to Kansas City. Although Johnson continued to tour into the 1980s, he developed Alzheimer’s disease in 1989, which he struggled with until his death on February 6, 2000.

World Music with ABaba Ken Okulolo

November 15, 2018

Daily Roots with Dennis Brown

November 15, 2018

The Cosmos with Sh2-155

November 14, 2018

A stellar nursery 10 light-years deep. The featured skyscape is dominated by dusty Sh2-155, the Cave Nebula. In the telescopic image, data taken through a narrowband filters tracks the nebular glow of hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur, colors that together form the Hubble Palette. About 2,400 light-years away, the scene lies along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the royal northern constellation of Cepheus. Astronomical explorations of the region reveal that it has formed at the boundary of the massive Cepheus B molecular cloud and the hot, young stars of the Cepheus OB 3 association. The bright rim of ionized hydrogen gas is energized by radiation from the hot stars, dominated by the bright star just to the left of the cave entrance. Radiation driven ionization fronts are likely triggering collapsing cores and new star formation within.

Kim Clarke Day

November 14, 2018
Born: November 14, 1954 (age 64 years), New York City, NY
Best known for her tenure with the pioneering avant-funk unit Defunkt, bassist Kim Clarke began playing R&B at age 18; a self-taught musician, she was a college sophomore when she first learned of the Jazzmobile project’s Saturday workshops, changing her major to music and proceeding to study under the likes of Jimmy Owens, Lisle Atkinson, Buster Williams, Victor Gaskins, Jimmy Heath and Ernie Wilkins. Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz study grant, Clarke honed her skills under the tutelage of bass great Ron Carter; a stint at Barry Harris’ jazz improvisation workshop followed, and soon she was the house bassist at a number of Harlem jazz clubs as well as the Jazz Cultural Theatre’s “Art Blakey Breakfast Jam.” Clarke joined Defunkt for 1982’s Thermonuclear Sweat, remaining with the group for over a decade; concurrently she toured Europe and Japan with a variety of artists before going on to lead the jazz group Inner Circle Quartet and the funk/jazz project A.W.O.L. (Angels with Outstanding Lawyers). In the late 1990s, Clarke also teamed with saxophonist Rob Scheps to lead the Oregon-based Magnets.

George Cables Day

November 14, 2018

George Andrew Cables (born November 14, 1944) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Cables was born in New York City on November 14, 1944. He was initially taught piano by his mother. He then studied at the High School of Performing Arts and later at Mannes College (1963–65). He formed the Jazz Samaritans at the age of 18 – a band that included Billy Cobham, Steve Grossman, and Clint Houston.

Billy Bauer Day

November 14, 2018

Billy Bauer (November 14, 1915 – June 16, 2005) was an American cool jazz guitarist.

William Henry Bauer was born in New York City. He played ukulele and banjo as a child before switching to guitar.He played with the Jerry Wald band and recorded with Carl Hoff and His Orchestra in 1941 before joining Woody Herman in 1944 as a member of the First Herd. In 1946 he played with Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden.

Working in small groups led by bassist Chubby Jackson and trombonist Bill Harris, Bauer established himself as a soloist in the bebop movement.

In 1946 he began working with Lennie Tristano. Tristano and Bauer enjoyed a natural synergy in their style and approach. Their development of “intuitive music” led to the 1949 session which included “Intuition“, and “Digression”. He was a member of the NBC Tonight Show band in New York City and played in the Today Show band at the start of early television.

Bauer continued his pioneering guitar work in a partnership with Lee Konitz, whose avant-garde saxophone work was a perfect match for Bauer’s guitar. The two musicians’ dialogue crossed styles from bop and cool to the avant-garde. Their recordings have been described as “some of the most beautiful duet recordings in jazz”.“Duet For Saxophone and Guitar” was an unusual instrument pairing which has been described as redefining the role of jazz guitar.

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