December 0

Blog Archive

Mon, 08.04.2019

George T. Walker, Classical Music Icon born

*George T. Walker was born on this date in 1922. He was an African American classical composer, pianist, organist and educator.  George Theophilus Walker was born in Washington, D.C. His father emigrated from Kingston, Jamaica to the United States, where he became a physician after graduating from Temple University School of Medicine.  His mother, Rosa King, supervised her son’s first piano lessons when he was five […]

learn more
Fri, 29.03.2019

Jazz ambasador Joe Zawinul born

*Joe Zawinul was born on this date in 1932.  He was a white Austrian musician and composer who was active in contemporary African American jazz music’s intersectionality with the world.   Josef Erich Zawinulwas born in Vienna, Austria.  Classically trained at the Vienna Conservatoire, Zawinul played in broadcast and studio bands in Europe.   Zawinul, stood at the bridge of […]

learn more
Sun, 17.03.2019

Donald Shirley, pianist and composer born

*Donald Shirley was born on this date in 1927.  He was an African American classical and jazz pianist and composer.   Donald Walbridge Shirley was born in Pensacola, Florida, to Jamaican immigrant parents, Stella Gertrude, a teacher, and Edwin S. Shirley, an Episcopal priest.  Young Shirley started to learn piano when he was two years old. He briefly enrolled at Virginia State University and Prairie View […]

learn more
Fri, 08.03.2019

Favorite Career Singing Moments (stage & studio), Gwen Matthews

Gwen Matthews, singer, voice teacher, composer and more, shares two of her favorite career moments in music

learn more
Sun, 10.02.2019

Wayne Shorter, Jazz Reed Man born

*Wayne Shorter was born on this date in 1933.  He is an African American jazz saxophonist and composer.   Wayne Shorter was born in Newark, New Jersey, and attended Newark Arts High School, he graduated in 1952. He loved music, being encouraged by his father to take up the clarinet as a teenager; his older brother Alan played alto saxophone before switching to the trumpet in college. […]

learn more
Mon, 03.12.2018

Dvorak’s “From The New World” debuts

*On this date in 1893, the renowned Czech composer Antonín Dvořák debuted the performance of his most famous symphony, This classic recognized the significance of American Negro spirituals and their contributions to the culture of the United States.  Dvořák came to America at the invitation of music patron and entrepreneur Jeanette Meyers Thurber in 1892. […]

learn more
Sat, 06.10.2018

Hamiet Bluiett, Baritonist extraordinaire born

*Hamiet Bluiett was born on this date in 1940.  He was an African American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. Bluiett was born just north of East St. Louis in Brooklyn, Illinois (also known as Lovejoy), an African American community that had been founded as a free black sanctuary community in the 1830s, and which later became America’s first majority-black town. As a child, he studied piano, […]

learn more
Sat, 21.07.2018

Jalal Nuriddin born

*Jalal Nuriddin was born on this date in 1944. He was an African American poet and musician. Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin was born Lawrence Padilla in the Fort Greene housing project in Brooklyn, New York. As a youth, Nuriddin ran with a local gang, the Fort Greene Chaplains, they fought a street rivalry with the Bed-Stuy […]

learn more
Mon, 14.05.2018

Jabo Starks, “Beats” Master born

*Jabo Starks was born on this date in 1938.  He was an African American funk and blues drummer best known for playing with James Brown. John Henry “Jabo” Starks was born in Jackson, Alabama and fell in love with the drums after watching a marching band in a Mardi Gras parade in Alabama as a child. He taught himself to play on an improvised drum […]

learn more
Tue, 17.04.2018

First Pulitzer Prize for music is awarded to Hip Hop Artist

*On this date in 2018, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his album “Damn.” It is the first-time work outside of the classical and jazz genres has been recognized in that category.  In the announcement, the Pulitzer board described the album as a “virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular […]

learn more

New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

*Hear ye, hear ye This court is now in session His Honor, Judge Pigmeat Markham presidin Hear ye, hear ye, the court of swing It's just about ready to do that thing I don't... HERE COMES THE JUDGE by Pigmeat Markham
Read More