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Sun, 10.13.1940 story

Pharaoh Sanders, Jazz Saxophonist born

*Pharoah Sanders was born on this date in 1940.  He was a Black jazz saxophonist.   Born Farrell Sanders was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. His mother worked as a cook in a school cafeteria, and his father worked for the City of Little Rock. An only child, Sanders began his musical career accompanying church hymns on clarinet. His initial artistic […]

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Thu, 09.23.1926 story

John Coltrane, Saxophonist born

On this date in 1926, jazz saxophone player John Coltrane was born. He was an African American composer, small group or combo leader, and a major figure in the evolution of the jazz styles known as bebop and free jazz.

Coltrane was born in Hamlet, NC, and grew up in nearby High Point. He began playing the clarinet in a community band at the age of 13 and switched to the alto saxophone during his final year of high school. In 1945, he was drafted into the United States Navy, eventually serving most of his two-year term with a Navy band stationed in Hawaii.

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Fri, 08.27.1937 story

Alice Coltrane, Jazz Musician born

Alice Coltrane was born on this date in 1937. She was an African American pianist, organist, harpist, and composer.

Born Alice McLeod in Detroit, she was raised in a religious family, the daughter of Solon and Anne McLeod. She began studying music at age seven.

Not only did she study jazz with Bud Powell, but she also worked in classical and church environments. After performing with Kenny Burrell, Johnny Griffin, Lucky Thompson, and Yusef Lateef, she toured and recorded with Terry Gibbs in the early 1960s.

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Sat, 06.30.1951 story

Stanley Clarke, Bassist born

*Stanley Clarke was born on this date in 1951.  He is a Black musician, composer, and producer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and bass guitar.  Clarke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was introduced to the bass as a schoolboy “by accident” when he arrived late on the day instruments […]

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Tue, 10.09.1934 story

Abdullah Ibrahim, Musician, and Bandleader born

*Abdullah Ibrahim was born on this date in 1934, formerly known as Dollar Brand, he is a Black South African pianist and composer.  Ibrahim was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and was baptized Adolph Johannes Brand. He attended Trafalgar High School in Cape Town’s District Six, and began piano lessons at the age of […]

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Mon, 05.24.1937 story

Archie Shepp, Musician, and Music Educator born

*Archie Shepp was born on this date in 1937. He is a Black saxophonist, educator, and playwright who, since the 1960s, has played a central part in the development of avant-garde jazz. Archie Shepp was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied piano, clarinet, and alto saxophone before focusing on tenor […]

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