Music

Composers, musicians, and singers who have contributed to this Black genre.

Alicia Keys, musician and singer born


Alicia Keys

*Alicia Keys was born on January 25, 1980. She is a Jamaican American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actress, music video director, philanthropist, and author.

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An Orginal in Jazz, Donald Byrd


Donald Byrd

*Donald Byrd was born on this date in 1932. He was an African American musician and music educator.

From Detroit, MI., Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture Byrd II was the son of E. T. Byrd, was a Methodist minister. His music studies at Wayne State University were interrupted by two years in the Air Force. After serving his country, he received a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State and moved to New York. Here Byrd began his jazz career in earnest and received a master’s in music education from the Manhattan School of Music.

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Johnnie Johnson, one of Rock & Roll's Kings


Johnnie Johnson

*The birth of Johnnie Johnson on this date in 1924 is marked on this date. He was an African American musician and composer.

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Johnny Otis, recording artist, producer born


Johnny Otis

*Johnny Otis was born on this date in 1921. He was a Greek American singer, musician, composer, and record producer.

Born Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes, in Vallejo, California, he was often referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues". Otis was the child of Greek immigrants Alexander J. Veliotes, a Mare Island longshoreman and grocery store owner, and his wife, the former Irene Kiskakes, a painter. He was the older brother of Nicholas A. Veliotes, former U.S. Ambassador to Jordan (1978–1981) and to Egypt (1984–1986).

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Joshua Redman, jazz from the Bay


Joshua Redman

*Joshua Redman was born on this date in 1969. He is an African American musician and composer.

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Musician Paul Hucklebuck Williams born


Paul Hucklebuck Williams

*Paul Williams was born on this date in 1915. He was an African American musician.

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Keb Mo, the spirit of the Blues


Keb Mo

*Keb Mo was born on this date in 1951. He is an African American singer, composer and musician.

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Cesária Évora, a Portuguese Diva


Cesaria Evora

*Cesária Évora was born on this date in1941. She was a Black Portuguese singer and entertainer.

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Heavy D had Hip Hop style


Heavy D,/b>

*Heavy D was born on this date in 1967. He was an African American Hip Hop/Rap artist.

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Dorothy Maynor, beautiful voice, generous heart


Dorothy Maynor

*Dorothy Leigh Maynor was born on this date in 1910. She was an African American opera singer and educator.

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