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Chuck Rainey Day

June 17, 2018

Charles Walter “Chuck” Rainey III (born June 17, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States) is an American bass guitarist who has performed and recorded with many well-known acts, including Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan, and Quincy Jones. According to Rainey’s website, he has performed on over 12,000 albums and nearly 150,000 songs.

Rainey’s youthful pursuits included violin, piano and trumpet. Later, while attending Lane College in Tennessee, Rainey switched to baritone horn to join the school’s travelling brass ensemble. While on active military duty, Rainey learned rhythm guitar and began playing professionally with local bands. His lack of improvisational skills on guitar led him to pick up the bass, and soon Rainey found himself working steadily as a studio bassist in New York City, recording or touring with many of the greatest acts of that time.

Sing Miller Day

June 17, 2018

Sing Miller (June 17, 1914, New Orleans – May 18, 1990) was an American jazz pianist. He was a longtime performer on the New Orleans jazz scene.

Early in his career, Miller sang with the Harmonizing Browns Quartet and played banjo, but in the late 1920s he switched to piano. He did freelance work solo and as an accompanist in New Orleans in the 1930s, playing with Percy Humphrey for a time. He served in the military during World War II, then played with Earl Foster‘s band from 1945 to 1961. In the 1960s he was a regular at Preservation Hall, working with Kid Thomas Valentine, Kid Sheik Colar, The Humphrey Brothers, Jim Robinson, and Polo Barnes. He did solo tours of Europe in 1979 and 1981, and recorded two full-length albums under his own name, a 1972 effort for Dixie Records and one in 1978 for Smoky Mary.

World Music with Corvus Corax

June 17, 2018

Daily Roots with ITSJAHMIEL

June 17, 2018

The Cosmos with NGC 3372

June 16, 2018

Colour-composite image of the Carina Nebula, revealing exquisite details in the stars and dust of the region. Several well known astronomical objects can be seen in this wide field image : to the bottom left of the image is one of the most impressive binary stars in the Universe, Eta Carinae, with the famous Keyhole Nebula just adjacent to the star. The collection of very bright, young stars above and to the right of Eta Carinae is the open star cluster Trumpler 14. A second open star cluster, Collinder 228 is also seen in the image, just below Eta Carinae. The Carina Nebula also bears the NGC 3372 designation. On this image, North is up and East is to the left. The field of view is 0.55 x 0.55 degrees, covering a 72 x 72 light-year region at the distance of the nebula.

June 16, 2018

Javon Anthony Jackson (born June 16, 1965) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He played in Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers from 1987 until Blakey’s death in 1990 and has played with the Harper Brothers, Benny Green, Freddie Hubbard, and Elvin Jones.

In his solo career, his music has been a mix of hard bop with soul and funk influences. He became chair of the University of Hartford‘s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in 2013

Jackson was born on June 16, 1965, in Carthage, Missouri, and brought up in Denver. His mother played the piano, and his father played trumpet, but Jackson began playing alto saxophone aged 10. At the age of 16, he changed to tenor saxophone and in his teens, he was taught by pianist Billy Wallace. He was briefly enrolled at the University of Denver, before spending part of 1985–86 at the Berklee College of Music, which he abandoned to join drummer Art Blakey‘s band.

Lucky Thompson Day

June 16, 2018

EliLuckyThompson (June 16, 1924 – July 30, 2005) was an American jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist. While John Coltrane usually receives the most credit for bringing the soprano saxophone out of obsolescence in the early 1960s, Thompson (along with Steve Lacy) embraced the instrument earlier than Coltrane.

Thompson was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and moved to Detroit, Michigan, during his childhood. Thompson had to raise his siblings after his mother died, and he practiced saxophone fingerings on a broom handle before acquiring his first instrument. He joined Erskine Hawkins‘ band in 1942 upon graduating from high school.

After playing with the swing orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Billy Eckstine (alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker),Lucky Millinder, and Count Basie, he worked in rhythm and blues and then established a career in bebop and hard bop, working with Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Gillespie and Milt Jackson.

World Music with Sherrifo Konteh

June 16, 2018


Sherrifo Konteh is the son of Alhaji Bai Konte and the brother of Dembo Konte, Sherrifo learned from both and has become an outstanding musician in his own right.

He was born in Brikama, the Gambia, where he still lives. Sherrifo comes from one the most famous of the jali families from a town that is the home of many jalis families. As most jalis, he was introduced to music at an early age. His father taught him how to play the kora at the age of six.

Daily Roots with Culture

June 16, 2018

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