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

Dee Dee Bridgewater, a global performer

Dee Dee Bridgewater

*Dee Dee Bridgewater was born on this date in 1950. She is an African American singer, producer and actress. 

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Valerie Capers, musican and educator

Valerie Capers

*Valerie Capers was born on this date in 1935.  She is an African American musician and educator.

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Carlos Posadas, African influence in Tango

Carlos Posadas

*Carlos Posadas was born on this date in 1874. He was an Afro-Argentinean musician and composer.

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Mr. Piano, Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor

*Billy Taylor was born on this date in 1921.  He was an African American composer, educator, broadcaster and piano player.

From Greenville, NC, William Billy Taylor, Sr. graduated from Virginia State College in 1942. He moved to New York and played with such major musicians as Ben Webster, Eddie South, and Slam Stewart among others.   In 1944 he recorded with Stuff Smith. In 1951 he was the house pianist at Birdland and soon afterward Taylor formed his first of many trios.

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Teddy Pendergrass, deep and sexy

Teddy Pendergrass

*Teddy Pendergrass was born on this date 1950. He was an African American singer and entertainer.

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Rev. Gary Davis born

Rev. Gary Davis and Megan Ochs

*Rev. Gary Davis was born on this date in 1896. He was an African American minister and Blues musician.

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Trumpet player and so much more, Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela

*Hugh Masekela born this date in 1939.  He is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer.

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Abbey Lincoln, Singer and much more

Abbey Lincoln

*Abbey Lincoln was born on this date in 1930. She was an African American singer, composer and actress.

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Conrad Johnson, Teacher and Musician

Conrad Johnson

*On this date in 1915, Conrad Johnson was born.  He was an African American jazz saxophonist and music teacher.

From Victoria, Texas Conrad O. Johnson was nine when his family moved to Houston. Following studies at Yates High School, he attended Houston College for Negroes and graduated from Wiley College. He was a active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Roosevelt Sykes could play those 88's

Roosevelt Sykes

*On this date in 1906, Roosevelt Sykes was born. He was an African American blues singer and musician.

From Elmar, Arkansas, Sykes began playing while growing up in Helena, Arkansas. At age 15, he hit the road, developing his rowdy barrelhouse style around the blues-fertile St. Louis area. Sykes began recording in 1929 for OKeh and the next year was signed to four different labels under four different names (among them-Dobby Bragg, Willie Kelly, and Easy Papa Johnson)!

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