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114 Persons in the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame:

About:
Defunct hall after 2004
Years Active:
1978 - 2004

Alberta Hunter

Real/Birth Name:
Alberta Hunter
Also Known As:
May Alix
Josephine Beatty
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Worked also as a nurse then resumed singing. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1996. Blues Hall of Fame 2011. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2010. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2015. NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame 1984. Beale Street Brass Notes Walk of Fame.

Art Tatum

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Tatum Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47, 23 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Blind in one eye, partially in the other eye. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1964. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Artie Shaw

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Ava Gardner by 12 years.
ex-husband of
ex-husband of
Older than Evelyn Keyes by 6 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Lana Turner by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

Clarinetist. Swing and jazz. Songs Star Dust, Monnglow, Dancing in the Dark, Begin the Beguine. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1996. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1990. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2009. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

B.B. King

Real/Birth Name:
Riley B. King
Also Known As:
B B King
BB King
Nickname(s):
King of the Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Album King of the Blues. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 1995. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2006. National Medal of Arts 1990. Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2008. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2014. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012. Beale Street Brass Notes Walk of Fame.

Baby Dodds

Real/Birth Name:
Warren Dodds
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Last name pronounced "dots." Also played Dixieland music. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2010. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991.

Benny Carter

Real/Birth Name:
Bennett Lester Carter
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95, 27 days before his 96th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1988. Kennedy Center Honors 1996. National Medal of Arts 2000. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2007. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1977. Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 1978.

Benny Goodman

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin David Goodman
Nickname(s):
King of Swing
Patriarch of the Clarinet
The Professor
Swing's Senior Statesman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 14 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Clarinet. Jazz and swing music. Song Sometimes I'm Happy. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 1983. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1957. Kennedy Center Honors 1982. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Radio Hall of Fame 1988. Jewish-American Hall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Bessie Smith

Real/Birth Name:
Bessie Smith
Nickname(s):
Empress of the Blues
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Down Hearted Blues, St. Louis Blues with Louis Armstrong. Died of injuries in a car accident. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1989. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1967. National Women's Hall of Fame 1984. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2008.

Betty Carter

Real/Birth Name:
Lillie Mae Jones
Also Known As:
Lorraine Carter
Lorene Carter
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Known for scatting singing. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1999. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994. National Medal of Arts 1997. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2014.

Bill Evans

Real/Birth Name:
William John Evans
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51, 30 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Song Waltz for Debby. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2010.

Bill McKinney

Real/Birth Name:
William McKinney
Also Known As:
William McKinney
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Deliverance, The Outlaw Josie Wales, The Green Mile, First Blood, Back to the Future Part III. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Billie Holiday

Real/Birth Name:
Eleanora Fagan
Nickname(s):
Lady Day
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Strange Fruit. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. Blues Hall of Fame 1991. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1961. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 2011. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 2015.

Billy Eckstine

Real/Birth Name:
William Clarence Eckstein
Nickname(s):
Mr. B.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Prisoner of Love, My Foolish Heart, I Apologize. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2010. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985.

Billy May

Real/Birth Name:
William E. May
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Take the A Train. Lead band The Billy May Orchestra. Trumpeter. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1988.

Billy Strayhorn

Real/Birth Name:
William Thomas Strayhorn
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist, arranger. Group Duke Ellington Orchestra. Song Take the 'A' Train. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2010. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1984. Legacy Walk 2015.

Bing Crosby

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Lillis Crosby
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Bob Crosby by 10 years.
grandfather of
father of
husband of
Dixie Lee, until her earlier death.
Older than Dixie Lee by 8 years.
father of
father of
husband of
Kathryn Grant, until he died.
Older than Kathryn Grant by 30 years.
father of
father of
father of
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Sang "crooner" style. "On the Road" movies with Bob Hope. Song White Christmas. Movie musical Holiday Inn. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2002. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. World Golf Hall of Fame 1978. Western Music Association Hall of Fame 2008. National Radio Hall of Fame 1998. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 1980. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1977. Irish American Hall of Fame 2013. Cecil B DeMille Award 1960.

Bix Beiderbecke

Real/Birth Name:
Leon Bismark Beiderbecke
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
28
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cornetist, pianist. Songs Georgia on My Mind, Singin' the Blues. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Buddy Rich

Real/Birth Name:
Bernard Rich
Also Known As:
Bernard "Buddy" Rich
Nickname(s):
Buddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1974. Guitar Center RockWalk 1991. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Cab Calloway

Real/Birth Name:
Cabell Calloway III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. National Medal of Arts 1993. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Cannonball Adderley

Real/Birth Name:
Julian Edwin Adderley
Nickname(s):
Cannonball
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz alto saxophonist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1975. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985.

Carmen McRae

Real/Birth Name:
Carmen Mercedes McRae
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame 1993. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Charlie Christian

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Christian
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
25
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz and swing guitarist. Performed with Benny Goodman. Died young, of tuberculosis. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2002. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2007.

Charlie Parker

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Christopher Parker Jr.
Nickname(s):
Charlie
Bird
Yardbird
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophone player. Nickname Yardbird because he liked chicken. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1955. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Hall of Famous Missourians 1994. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Chet Baker

Real/Birth Name:
Chesney Henry Baker Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpet and flugelhorn. Apparently fell from his second story hotel room window. Subject of movie Born to Be Blue. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1991.

Chubby Jackson

Real/Birth Name:
Greig Stewart Jackson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 24 days before his 85th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz double bass. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2000.

Chuck Berry

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Edward Anderson Berry
Nickname(s):
Father of Rock and Roll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Created the Rock and Roll style for guitar playing. Also the "duck walk". Songs Johnny B. Goode, Nadine, Roll Over Beethoven, Rock and Roll Music, Maybellene. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 1985. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1986. Kennedy Center Honors 2000. Guitar Center RockWalk 1986. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2008. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1982. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1984.

Clark Terry

Real/Birth Name:
Clark Virgil Terry Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpet and flugelhorn. Band The Tonight Show Band. Also performed with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Over 900 recordings. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1994. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2013.

Coleman Hawkins

Real/Birth Name:
Coleman Randolph Hawkins
Nickname(s):
Hawk
Bean
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tenor saxophonist. Associated with swing music and big band, had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Cootie Williams

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Melvin Williams
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1991. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993.

Count Basie

Real/Birth Name:
William Allen Basie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz and swing orchestra Count Basie Orchestra jazz pianist and swing music. Theme song One O'Clock Jump. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1958. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 1981. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1985. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Dave Brubeck

Real/Birth Name:
David Warren Brubeck
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91, 1 day before his 92nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Compositions and performed music were sometimes in unusual time signatures. Songs Take Five, Unsquare Dance, Blue Rondo à la Turk. California Hall of Fame 2008. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1994. Kennedy Center Honors 2009. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. National Medal of Arts 1994.

Dinah Washington

Real/Birth Name:
Ruth Lee Jones
Nickname(s):
Queen of the Blues
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Dick Lane by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Song What a Diff'rence a Day Makes. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993. Blues Hall of Fame 2003. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1991. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1986. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2012.

Dizzy Gillespie

Real/Birth Name:
John Birks Gillespie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpet player - his trumpet had a bent tube and the bell pointed upward. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1960. Kennedy Center Honors 1990. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. National Medal of Arts 1989. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. South Carolina Hall of Fame 1985. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2014.

Django Reinhardt

Real/Birth Name:
Jean Reinhardt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
43
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Violin, banjo. Song Minor Swing. Group Quintette du Hot Club de France. Died of a stroke. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2007.

Don Cherry

Real/Birth Name:
Donald Eugene Cherry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58, 30 days before his 59th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Jazz cornetist. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995.

Duke Ellington

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75, 25 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Duke Ellington Orchestra. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1971. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1956. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1969. French Legion of Honor. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Earl Hines

Real/Birth Name:
Earl Kenneth Hines
Also Known As:
Earl "Fatha" Hines
Nickname(s):
Fatha
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The father of modern jazz piano. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1965. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Eddie Lang

Real/Birth Name:
Salvatore Massaro
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
30
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitar. Known as the father of jazz guitar. Also rhythm guitar, the band of Bing Crosby. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1986. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1992.

Ella Fitzgerald

Real/Birth Name:
Ella Jane Fitzgerald
Nickname(s):
Lady Ella
Queen of Scat
First Lady of Song
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won 13 Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1992. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 1995. Kennedy Center Honors 1979. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. National Medal of Arts 1987. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005. NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame 1984. Great American Songbook Hall of Fame 2017.

Erroll Garner

Real/Birth Name:
Erroll Louis Garner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Song Misty. some source born 1921. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993.

Eubie Blake

Real/Birth Name:
James Hubert Blake
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
96, 5 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Revue Shuffle Along. Songs I'm Just Wild About Harry, Love Will Find a Way. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1981. Theater Hall of Fame 1995.

Fats Waller

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Wright Waller
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Songs Ain't Misbehavin', The Joint is Jumpin'. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1968. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Fletcher Henderson

Real/Birth Name:
James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson Jr.
Nickname(s):
Architect of Swing
Smack
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55, 11 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Important in the development of big band jazz and swing music. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2014.

Frank Sinatra

Real/Birth Name:
Francis Albert Sinatra
Also Known As:
Frank Sinatra Sr.
Nickname(s):
Old Blue Eyes
Chairman of the Board
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
ex-husband of
Older than Ava Gardner by 7 years.
husband of
Barbara Sinatra, until he died.
Older than Barbara Sinatra by 11 years.
son of
father of
ex-husband of
Older than Mia Farrow by 29 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Nancy Barbato by 1 year.
father of
father of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs Come Fly with Me, Fly Me to the Moon, I've Got You Under My Skin, It Was a Very Good Year, New York, New York, Luck Be a Lady, Strangers in the Night, The Best Is Yet to Come, My Way, Let It Snow, Mack the Knife. Movies Ocean's 11 (1960), Pal Joey, From Here to Eternity, Scarface, Tony Rome, The Manchurian Candidate. Member the Rat Pack. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1998. Gaming Hall of Fame 1997. Kennedy Center Honors 1983. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1985. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. Congressional Gold Medal 1997. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1982. Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame 2005. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Cecil B DeMille Award 1971. Great American Songbook Hall of Fame 2013. Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Gene Krupa

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Bertram Krupa
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Modern Drummer Hall of Fame 1978. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1972. Guitar Center RockWalk 1991. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004.

Gerry Mulligan

Real/Birth Name:
Gerald Joseph Mulligan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Baritone saxophonist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1990. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1984.

Glenn Miller

Real/Birth Name:
Alton Glenn Miller
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombonist, composer, bandleader. Songs In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction. The best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1953. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978.

Guy Lombardo

Real/Birth Name:
Gaetano Albert Lombardo
Nickname(s):
Mr. New Year's Eve
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombone player. Theme song Auld Lang Syne. Canada's Walk of Fame 2002. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. Canadian Music Hall of Fame 1978.

Harry James

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Haag James
Also Known As:
The Youngest Contortionist in the World
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Betty Grable by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Trumpet player. Group Music Makers. Found Frank Sinatra working as a waiter, hired him as singer for his band. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1983.

Herbie Hancock

Real/Birth Name:
Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. Multiple Grammy awards. Album The Essential Herbie Hancock. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2005. Guitar Center RockWalk 2003. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. Kennedy Center Honors 2013. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2014. Movie Valerian and the Ciry of a Thousand Planets

Horace Silver

Real/Birth Name:
Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hard bop style. Song Filthy McNasty. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1996. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Illinois Jacquet

Real/Birth Name:
Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz tenor saxophone soloist. Famed for 80-second solo in the Lionel Hampton song Flying Home. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985.

Irving Berlin

Real/Birth Name:
Israel Baline
Also Known As:
Israel Isidore Baline
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
101
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Alexander's Ragtime Band, God Bless America, White Christmas, Easter Parade, Cheek to Cheek, Blue Skies, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better), There's No Business Like Show Business. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Theater Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1977. Congressional Gold Medal 1954. Jewish-American Hall of Fame.

J.J. Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
James Louis Johnson
Also Known As:
J. J. Johnson
Jay Jay Johnson
Nickname(s):
Jay
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 13 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombonist. Scored TV series Starsky & Hutch, Mike Hammer, The Six Million Dollar Man. Suicide by gunshot. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1988. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1988.

Jack Teagarden

Real/Birth Name:
Weldon Leo Teagarden
Nickname(s):
Big T
The Swingin' Gate
Father of Jazz Trombone
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trombone jazz. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1969. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame 2005.

Jay McShann

Real/Birth Name:
James Columbus McShann
Nickname(s):
Hootie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Big band The Jay McShann Orchestra. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. Blues Hall of Fame 1988. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 1998.

Jelly Roll Morton

Real/Birth Name:
Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe
Also Known As:
Ferdinand Morton
Ferd Morton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Birthday may be October 20, 1890. World War I draft registration card shows September 13, 1884. Confusion over his birth name also, may have been LaMenthe or LaMotte. Jazz pianist. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1998. Claimed he wrote songs Alabama Bound, Tiger Rag, copyrighted by others. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1963. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Jim Hall (jazz)

Real/Birth Name:
James Stanley Hall
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83, 6 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz guitarist. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Jimmie Lunceford

Real/Birth Name:
James Melvin Lunceford
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Alto saxophone. Swing era. Beale Street Brass Notes Walk of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.

Jimmy Dorsey

Real/Birth Name:
James Francis Dorsey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Tommy Dorsey by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Song Tangerine. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983.

Jo Jones

Real/Birth Name:
Jonathan David Samuel Jones
Also Known As:
Papa Jo Jones
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73, 34 days before his 74th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz drummer. Pioneered use of brushes. Movie Jamminn' the Blues. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1990. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame 1990.

Jo Stafford

Real/Birth Name:
Jo Elizabeth Stafford
Nickname(s):
G.I. Jo
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Paul Weston, until his earlier death.
Younger than Paul Weston by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Songs I'll Walk Alone, I'll Be Seeing You, I'll Never Smile Again, You Belong to Me. Member of group The Pied Pipers. The first recording artist to sell twenty-five million records. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009.

Bands, Groups, Honored by Halls of Fame:

John Coltrane

Real/Birth Name:
John William Coltrane
Nickname(s):
Trane
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz saxophonist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

King Oliver

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Nathan Oliver
Also Known As:
Joe Oliver
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52, 31 days before his 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz cornetist. Pioneered use of mutes in jazz. Taught Louis Armstrong. Songs Dippermouth Blues, Sweet Like This, Canal Street Blues, Doctor Jazz, Snag It. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1984.

Lawrence Welk

Real/Birth Name:
Lawrence Welk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Lawrence Welk Show. Born in a German-speaking community, which was the origin of his accent. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1978. Polka Music Hall of Fame 1994.

Lena Horne

Real/Birth Name:
Lena Calhoun Horne
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie Stormy Weather. Kennedy Center Honors 1984. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1991. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1983. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2006. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame 1983.

Les Paul

Real/Birth Name:
Lester William Polsfuss
Also Known As:
Lester Polfuss
Rhubarb Red
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Mary Ford by 9 years.

Brief Facts:

Famed guitarist. Responsible for electric guitar sound and popularity of the Les Paul Gibson guitar. Invented multi-track recording. Songs How High the Moon, Vaya Con Dios, Mockingbird Hill, Bye Bye, Blues, I'm Sitting on Top of the World. Band The Les Paul Trio. Often recorded with his wife, Mary Ford. Duo Les Paul and Mary Ford. Grammy Hall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1988. National Inventors Hall of Fame. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2010. Guitar Center RockWalk 1988. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1990. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. National Medal of Arts 2007. New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame 1996. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 2006. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Music City Walk of Fame 2011.

Lester Young

Real/Birth Name:
Lester Willis Young
Nickname(s):
Pres
Prez
The Prez
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Member of Count Basie Orchestra. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Lionel Hampton

Real/Birth Name:
Lionel Leo Hampton
Nickname(s):
The Gates of Swing
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drums and vibraphone. Song Flying Home. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1986. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Kennedy Center Honors 1992. Kentucky Music Hall of Fame 2006. National Medal of Arts 1996. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2013.

Louis Armstrong

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Daniel Armstrong
Nickname(s):
Satchmo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69, 29 days before his 70th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Hello, Dolly!, What a Wonderful World, I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas, That Lucky Old Sun, When You're Smiling. Movie Hello, Dolly!. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1952. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Louis Jordan

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Thomas Jordan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1983. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1998. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 1998. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Louis Prima

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Prima
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Keely Smith by 21 years.

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced "Loo-ee Pree-ma." Song That Old Black Magic. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Ma Rainey

Real/Birth Name:
Gertrude Pridgett
Nickname(s):
Mother of the Blues
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs C.C. Rider, Jelly Bean Blues, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Arrested for indecency - a party with naked women. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990. Blues Hall of Fame 1983. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1992.

Marian McPartland

Real/Birth Name:
Margaret Marian Turner
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Radio program Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours. National Radio Hall of Fame 2007. Long Island Music Hall of Fame 2006. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1999.

Max Roach

Real/Birth Name:
Maxwell Lemuel Roach
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz drummer, known for defining the style of drumming in jazz. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. International Percussive Art Society's Hall of Fame. Grammy Hall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Mel Powell

Real/Birth Name:
Melvin Epstein
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Martha Scott, until he died.
Younger than Martha Scott by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. Pulitzer Prize 1990 for music composition. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Mel Tormé

Real/Birth Name:
Melvin Howard Torme
Also Known As:
Mel Torme
Nickname(s):
The Velvet Fog
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Candy Toxton by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Wrote song A Christmas Song ("Chestnuts roasting ...".). Movies The Patsy, The Private Lives of Adam and Eve. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1990.

Miles Davis

Real/Birth Name:
Miles Dewey Davis III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Betty Davis by 19 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Cicely Tyson by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Album Bitches Brew. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1962. Guitar Center RockWalk 2006. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1976. French Legion of Honor. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Nancy Wilson (Jazz)

Real/Birth Name:
Nancy Wilson
Nickname(s):
Sweet Nancy
The Baby
Fancy Miss Nancy
The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Albums Turned to Blue, Yesterday's Love Songs/Today's Blues. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1999. Guitar Center RockWalk 1986. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2005.

Nat King Cole

Real/Birth Name:
Nathaniel Adams Coles
Also Known As:
Nat "King" Cole
Nickname(s):
King
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45, 30 days before his 46th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs Smile, Pretend, Unforgettable. TV show The Nat King Cole Show. Movies Cat Ballou, St. Louis Blues. Group King Cole Trio. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1985. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993. Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame 2003. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Great American Songbook Hall of Fame 2014.

Nina Simone

Real/Birth Name:
Eunice Kathleen Waymon
Also Known As:
Dr. Nina Simone
Nickname(s):
The High Priestess of Soul
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Unusually low vocal range. Civil rights activist. Songs My Baby Just Cares for Me, I Put a Spell on You, Four Women, I Loves You Porgy, Feeling Good, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Sinnerman, To Be Young, Gifted and Black, Ain't Got No/I Got Life, I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1994. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2002. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018.

Oscar Peterson

Real/Birth Name:
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Canadian jazz pianist. Canadian Music Hall of Fame 1978. Juno Awards Hall of Fame. Canadian Jazz and Blues Hall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Canada's Walk of Fame 2013.

Pee Wee Russell

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Ellsworth Russell
Also Known As:
Pee-Wee Russell
Nickname(s):
Pee Wee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20

Brief Facts:

Jazz clarinetist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1969. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 2011.

Peggy Lee

Real/Birth Name:
Norma Delores Egstrom
Also Known As:
Miss Peggy Lee
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me). Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1999. Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 2002.

Perry Como

Real/Birth Name:
Pierino Roland Como
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, 6 days before his 89th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes, Round and Round, Catch a Falling Star, Magic Moments. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 1987. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Television Academy Hall of Fame 1989. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1984.

Pete Fountain

Real/Birth Name:
Pierre Dewey LaFontaine Jr
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86, 34 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Clarinetist. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. Delta Music Museum Hall of Fame 2008. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame 2007.

Quincy Jones

Real/Birth Name:
Quincy Delight Jones Jr.
Nickname(s):
Q
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Peggy Lipton by 13 years.
father of
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Producer of the Michael Jackson album Off the Wall. Composed songs Chump Change, Soul Bossa Nova. California Hall of Fame 2008. Kennedy Center Honors 2001. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. National Medal of Arts 2010. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2007. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2015. National Humanities Medal 2000. Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Ray Charles

Real/Birth Name:
Raymond Charles Robinson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie The Blues Brothers. Songs Hit the Road, Jack, Georgia on My Mind, I Got a Woman, Unchain My Heart, Born to Lose, Route 66. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Blues Hall of Fame 1982. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1993. Kennedy Center Honors 1986. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1979. National Medal of Arts 1993. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2004. SoulMusic Hall of Fame 2013. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2015. NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame 1983. NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame 2004.

Raymond Scott

Real/Birth Name:
Harry Warnow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote song Powerhouse which was used in many cartoons. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.

Red Allen (jazz)

Real/Birth Name:
Henry James Allen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Trumpet musician. Credited wih the style later used by Louis Armstrong. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995.

Red Nichols

Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Loring Nichols
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21

Brief Facts:

Cornet player. Leader of band Red Nichols and His Five Pennies. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1986.

Sammy Kaye

Real/Birth Name:
Sammy Zarnocay Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Radio program So You Want to Lead a Band. Songs Hawaiian Sunset, Tell Me You Love Me. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992.

Sarah Vaughan

Real/Birth Name:
Sarah Lois Vaughan
Nickname(s):
Sassy
The Divine One
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66, 7 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Misty, Smooth Operator, Broken Hearted Melody, Whatever Lola Wants. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2012. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1982. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2010.

Scott Joplin

Real/Birth Name:
Scott Joplin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Composer of popular ragtime songs The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag, Peacherine Rag, Bethena, Magnetic Rag. Opera Treemonisha. Died of syphilis. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987. Missouri Wall of Fame. Hall of Famous Missourians 1992. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970.

Shorty Rogers

Real/Birth Name:
Milton Rogers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Flugelhorn. One of the principal creators of West Coast jazz. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989.

Sidney Bechet

Real/Birth Name:
Sidney Bechet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz and Dixieland. Saxophonist, clarinetist. Songs Muskrat Ramble, Petite Fleur. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2008. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Sonny Rollins

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Walter Rollins
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophonist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1973. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1999. Kennedy Center Honors 2011. National Medal of Arts 2010. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2005.

Stan Getz

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Gayetski
Nickname(s):
The Sound
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophonist. Song The Girl from Ipanema. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1986. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1988. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Stan Kenton

Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Newcomb Kenton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album The Peanut Vendor. Unusual "Progressive" jazz, in a big band sound. Used unusual rhythms, like 5 or 7 beats per measure. Band Stan Kenton Orchestra. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1954. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982.

Stuff Smith

Real/Birth Name:
Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz violinist - the first violinist to use electric amplification techniques on a violin. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.

Sun Ra

Real/Birth Name:
Herman Poole Blount
Also Known As:
Le Sony'r Ra
Nickname(s):
Sonny
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79, 8 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Also a philosopher. Claimed to be from Saturn at one point. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987.

T-Bone Walker

Real/Birth Name:
Aaron Thibeaux Walker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Mean Old World. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987. Blues Hall of Fame 1980. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2002. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Tadd Dameron

Real/Birth Name:
Tadley Ewing Peake Dameron
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
48, 15 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Also arranger. Song If You Could See Me Now. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2001. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Ted Weems

Real/Birth Name:
Wilfred Theodore Weymes
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Piccolo Pete, Heartaches. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003.

Thelonious Monk

Real/Birth Name:
Thelonious Sphere Monk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1963. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Tito Puente

Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Anthony Puente Jr.
Nickname(s):
El Rey
The King of Mambo
The King of Latin Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Dance Mania. Guitar Center RockWalk 2000. International Latin Music Hall of Fame 1990. National Medal of Arts 1997. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001.

Tommy Dorsey

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Francis Dorsey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51, 7 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Jimmy Dorsey by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. National Radio Hall of Fame 1989.

Tony Bennett

Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
93, 19 days before his 94th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Album Duets: An American Classic. A respected painter. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Kennedy Center Honors 2005. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2011. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2007. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2001.

Tony Williams

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Anthony Williams
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead singer, tenor. Co-founder, group The Platters. Songs Only You, My Prayer, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, The Great Pretender, Twilight Time. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1997. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1997.

Bands, Groups, Honored by Halls of Fame:

W.C. Handy

Real/Birth Name:
William Christopher Handy
Also Known As:
W C Handy
Nickname(s):
Father of the Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote song Memphis Blues, Beale St Blues, St. Louis Blues. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1983. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. Alabama Music Hall of Fame 1987. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1970. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Blues Hall of Fame 2010. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2012. Beale Street Brass Notes Walk of Fame.

Willie "The Lion" Smith

Real/Birth Name:
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff
Also Known As:
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith
Nickname(s):
The Lion
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist, a master of the "stride" style. Also a ragtime composer. The name Smith was added at age 3, his stepfather's last name. Served as a Buffalo Soldier in France in World War I. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987.

Woody Herman

Real/Birth Name:
Woodrow Charles Thomas Herman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Band The Herd. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981.

Wynton Marsalis

Real/Birth Name:
Wynton Learson Marsalis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Branford Marsalis by 1 year.
son of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter. Also Classical music. Pulitzer Prize for Music 1997. Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. French Legion of Honor 2009. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1999. National Medal of Arts 2005.. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1996. National Humanities Medal 2015.

Zoot Sims

Real/Birth Name:
John Haley Sims
Nickname(s):
Zoot
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Saxophonist with big band of Alvino Rey. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. Songwriters Hall of Fame 2010. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.
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