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Billy Strayhorn is a jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger.
Keith Chaffee, November 30, 2019

Billy Strayhorn was born on November 29, 1915. Strayhorn was a jazz composer and arranger who spent most of his career as Duke Ellington’s creative partner.


Sonny Rollins, an influential jazz musician
Keith Chaffee, September 06, 2019

Sonny Rollins was born on September 7, 1930. Rollins is a tenor saxophone player, and a highly influential jazz musician. Several of his compositions have become jazz standards.


American jazz bass player and composer, Charlie Haden
Keith Chaffee, August 02, 2019

Charlie Haden was born on August 6, 1937. Haden was a jazz bass player, composer, and educator whose career spanned more than 50 years.


Nightclub at 42nd and Central Avenue, with Lucille and Edward on the right.
Photo Friends, May 15, 2019

Whether you want it hot or cool, swingin’ or slow, Dixieland or experimental, there’s jazz to fit your mood, mellow you out, pick you up. Jazz was born in New Orleans—the only place in the U.S. in the 1800s where slaves were allowed to own drums.


Herbie Mann playing his flute
Keith Chaffee, April 16, 2018

On April 16, 1930, Herbie Mann was born. Mann was a jazz flutist whose blending of jazz with other styles was often looked down on by jazz purists, but made him one of the best-selling jazz musicians of his era.


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