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Music inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poems and stories
Keith Chaffee, January 17, 2020

In Monday’s “Week to Remember” post, we looked at the life and literary career of Edgar Allan Poe, and some of the books inspired by his work. Today, we took a look at Poe in music, and the many musicians who have been inspired by his poems and stories.

Melba Liston was a jazz trombonist and arranger.
Keith Chaffee, January 10, 2020

Melba Liston was born on January 13, 1926. Liston was a jazz trombonist and arranger, one of the few women to play in major bands of the big band era. She is perhaps best remembered today for her long association with pianist Randy Weston, for whom she worked as an arranger for many years.

Stephen Stills is singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
Keith Chaffee, January 03, 2020

Stephen Stills was born on January 3, 1945. Stills is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has performed as a solo act and with several different bands. He's best known for his work in the late 1960s and early 1970s with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Modern Jazz Quartet - Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Percy Heath, and Connie Kay
Keith Chaffee, December 27, 2019

Milt Jackson was born on January 1, 1923. Jackson was a jazz vibraphonist who had a long and distinguished career as a solo recording artist, but who is perhaps best remembered as a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

The Bee Gees winning one of four Grammies in 1979
Keith Chaffee, December 20, 2019

Maurice & Robin Gibb were born on December 22, 1949. With their brother Barry (born September 1, 1946), they were The Bee Gees, a pop act who had two distinct periods of success.

Collage of Taylor Swift's album covers
Keith Chaffee, December 13, 2019

Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989. Swift is a singer and songwriter who began as a teenage country singer with pop crossover appeal and has become one of the world’s biggest pop stars.

French composer, Olivier Messiaen
Keith Chaffee, December 06, 2019

Olivier Messiaen was born on December 10, 1908. The French composer wrote primarily keyboard and orchestral music, often focused on his two primary devotions—the mysteries of his Catholic faith, and birds.

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.

Randy Newman, singer-songwriter and composer of film scores
Keith Chaffee, November 22, 2019

Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943. Newman is a singer-songwriter and composer of film scores, capable of writing both darkly ironic songs and lush orchestral Americana.

Songwriter, Johnny Mercer
Keith Chaffee, November 15, 2019

Johnny Mercer was born on November 18, 1909. For a quarter-century, Mercer was one of America’s most successful songwriters, writing more than 1,200 songs; he was primarily a lyricist, but occasionally wrote the music as well.