Guess Who This Is

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

Art Tatum

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Tatum Jr.
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.

Artie Shaw

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
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: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1709 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.

B.B. King

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

Relationships:

cousin of

Brief Facts:

Guitarist.
Album: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 21 August 1990.

Benny Goodman

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin David Goodman
Nickname(s):
King of Swing
Patriarch of the Clarinet
The Professor
Swing's Senior Statesman
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: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6101 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Bessie Smith

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Bessie Smith
Nickname(s):
Empress of the Blues
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:with: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.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981.

Betty Carter

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Lillie Mae Jones
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21

Brief Facts:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1999.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.
National Medal of Arts 1997.

Bill McKinney

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William McKinney
Also Known As:
William McKinney
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:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Billie Holiday

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Eleanora Fagan
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:

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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1540 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 7 April 1986.

Billy Eckstine

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Clarence Eckstein
Nickname(s):
Mr. B.
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:DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2010.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6638 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Billy May

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William E. May
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:Lead band:Trumpeter.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1988.

Bing Crosby

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Harry Lillis Crosby
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:Song:Movie musical: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1611 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
A star at 6751 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 6769 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.

Buddy Rich

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Bernard Rich
Also Known As:
Bernard "Buddy" Rich
Nickname(s):
Buddy
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:

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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Cabell Calloway III
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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Julian Edwin Adderley
Nickname(s):
Cannonball
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:

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

Charlie Parker

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Charles Christopher Parker Jr.
Nickname(s):
Charlie
Bird
Yardbird
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.

Chet Baker

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Chesney Henry Baker

Brief Facts:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1989.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1987.
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1991.

Chubby Jackson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Greig Stewart Jackson
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.

Cootie Williams

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Charles Melvin Williams
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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Allen Basie
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:jazz pianist and swing music.
Theme song: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6508 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 20 January 1982.

Dave Brubeck

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
David Warren Brubeck
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: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1716 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.

Dinah Washington

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Ruth Lee Jones
Nickname(s):
Queen of the Blues
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: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.

Dizzy Gillespie

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John Birks Gillespie
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.
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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 20 October 1995.

Don Cherry

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Donald Eugene Cherry
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:

father of
step-father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

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

Duke Ellington

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Edward Kennedy Ellington
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:

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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6535 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Earl Hines

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Earl Kenneth Hines
Also Known As:
Earl "Fatha" Hines
Nickname(s):
Fatha
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:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1965.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Ella Fitzgerald

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Ella Jane Fitzgerald
Nickname(s):
Lady Ella
Queen of Scat
First Lady of Song
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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6738 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Eubie Blake

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Hubert Blake
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:Songs:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983.
Presidential Medal of Freedom 1981.
Theater Hall of Fame 1995.

Fats Waller

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Wright Waller
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: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.

Frank Sinatra

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Francis Albert Sinatra
Also Known As:
Frank Sinatra Sr.
Nickname(s):
Old Blue Eyes
Chairman of the Board
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.
father of
ex-husband of
Older than Mia Farrow by 29 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Nancy Barbato by 1 year.
father of
son of
father of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs:Movies:Member: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
A star at 1637 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 6538 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
Las Vegas Walk of Stars:
A star at Flamingo Hotel; ceremony: 22 February 2010.
Palm Springs Walk of Stars:
A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 15 January 1994.

Gene Krupa

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Bertram Krupa
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.

Glenn Miller

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Alton Glenn Miller
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:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1953.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1978.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Guy Lombardo

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Gaetano Albert Lombardo
Nickname(s):
Mr. New Year's Eve
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: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 9 February 1960.
A star at 6677 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio; ceremony: 9 February 1960.
A star at 6363 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry; ceremony: 9 February 1960.

Harry James

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Harry Haag James
Also Known As:
The Youngest Contortionist in the World
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:Found: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6683 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Herbie Hancock

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
Birth Date:
Age today:
76, 14 days before his 77th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz pianist. Multiple Grammy awards.
Album: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 8 September 1994.

Horace Silver

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva
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:DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1996.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Illinois Jacquet

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet
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:song:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985.

Irving Berlin

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Israel Isidore Baline
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:

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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 7095 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 1 February 1994.

Jack Teagarden

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Weldon Leo Teagarden
Nickname(s):
Big T
The Swingin' Gate
Father of Jazz Trombone
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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Columbus McShann
Nickname(s):
Hootie
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: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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe
Also Known As:
Ferdinand Morton
Ferd Morton
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: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.

Jim Hall (jazz)

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Stanley Hall
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.

Jimmy Dorsey

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Francis Dorsey
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:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6505 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Jo Jones

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Jonathan David Samuel Jones
Also Known As:
Papa Jo Jones
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: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

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Jo Elizabeth Stafford
Nickname(s):
G.I. Jo
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:Member of group:The first recording artist to sell twenty-five million records.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009.
Vocal Group Hall of Fame 2001 as a member of The Pied Pipers.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1625 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 1709 Vine Street for contributions to radio.
A star at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.

Lawrence Welk

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Lawrence Welk
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: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.

Lena Horne

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

Relationships:

grandmother of
mother of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie:Kennedy Center Honors 1984.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991.
Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1991.
International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame 1983.
International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2006.
National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2003.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6282 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
A star at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Les Paul

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Lester William Polsfuss
Also Known As:
Lester Polfuss
Rhubarb Red
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:Band:Often recorded with his wife,:Songs:Duo: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1541 Vine Street as a member of Les Paul and Mary Ford for contributions to the recording industry.

Lionel Hampton

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Lionel Leo Hampton
Nickname(s):
The Gates of Swing
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: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 June 1982.

Louis Armstrong

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Louis Daniel Armstrong
Nickname(s):
Satchmo
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:

Song: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Louis Jordan

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Louis Thomas Jordan
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.

Louis Prima

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Louis Prima
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:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1993.
Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1615 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 25 July 2010.

Ma Rainey

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Gertrude Pridgett
Nickname(s):
Mother of the Blues
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: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

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Margaret Marian Turner
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: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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Maxwell Lemuel Roach
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.

Mel Powell

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Melvin Epstein
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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Melvin Howard Torme
Also Known As:
Mel Torme
Nickname(s):
The Velvet Fog
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:("Chestnuts roasting ...".).
Movies:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1990.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1541 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 18 June 1989.

Miles Davis

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Miles Dewey Davis III
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 Cicely Tyson by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter.
Album: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 19 February 1998.
St. Louis Walk of Fame:
A star at 6314 Delmar Boulevard.

Nancy Wilson (Jazz)

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Nancy Wilson
Nickname(s):
Sweet Nancy
The Baby
Fancy Miss Nancy
The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Albums:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1999.
Guitar Center RockWalk 1986.
International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2005.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 27 September 1990.

Nat King Cole

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Nathaniel Adams Coles
Also Known As:
Nat "King" Cole
Nickname(s):
King
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:

father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs:TV show:Movies:Group: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..
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6659 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 6229 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.

Nina Simone

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Eunice Kathleen Waymon
Also Known As:
Dr. Nina Simone
Nickname(s):
The High Priestess of Soul
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:Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame.
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.

Oscar Peterson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson
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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Charles Ellsworth Russell
Also Known As:
Pee-Wee Russell
Nickname(s):
Pee Wee
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

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Norma Delores Egstrom
Also Known As:
Miss Peggy Lee
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:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.
Songwriters Hall of Fame 1999.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6319 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Perry Como

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Pierino Roland Como
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:

Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
Television Academy Hall of Fame 1997.
Kennedy Center Honors 1987.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007.
Television Hall of Fame 1989.
National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1984.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6376 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 1708 Vine Street for contributions to radio.
A star at 6376 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.

Pete Fountain

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Pierre Dewey LaFontaine Jr
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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Quincy Delight Jones Jr.
Nickname(s):
Q
Birth Date:
Age today:
84, 15 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
father of
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Trumpeter.
Producer of the:album:Composed songs: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 March 1980.

Ray Charles

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Raymond Charles Robinson
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:Songs: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 6 October 1981.

Raymond Scott

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Harry Warnow
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:which was used in many cartoons.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.

Red Allen (jazz)

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Henry James Allen
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:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1995.

Red Nichols

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Loring Nichols
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:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1986.

Sammy Kaye

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Sammy Zarnocay Jr.
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:Songs:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1992.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
A star at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
A star at 6419 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.

Scott Joplin

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Scott Joplin
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:Opera: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.
St. Louis Walk of Fame:
A star at 6510 Delmar Boulevard.

Shorty Rogers

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Milton Rogers
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.

Sonny Rollins

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Walter Rollins
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
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.

Stan Getz

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Gayetzby
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19

Brief Facts:

DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1986.
Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1983.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

Stan Kenton

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Stanley Newcomb Kenton
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:Unusual "Progressive" jazz, in a big band sound. Used unusual rhythms, like 5 or 7 beats per measure.
Band:DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1954.
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1982.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Stuff Smith

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith
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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Herman Poole Blount
Also Known As:
Le Sony'r Ra
Nickname(s):
Sonny
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

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Aaron Thibeaux Walker
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: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.

Ted Weems

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Wilfred Theodore Weymes
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:Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 2003.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1680 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.

Thelonious Monk

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

Brief Facts:

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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 7055 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 24 July 1989.

Tito Puente

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Anthony Puente Jr.
Nickname(s):
El Rey
The King of Mambo
The King of Latin Music
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: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 August 1990.

Tommy Dorsey

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Francis Dorsey
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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

Tony Bennett

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Anthony Dominick Benedetto
Birth Date:
Age today:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song:Album: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.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 1560 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.

W.C. Handy

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Christopher Handy
Also Known As:
W C Handy
Nickname(s):
Father of the Blues
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: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.

Willie "The Lion" Smith

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff
Also Known As:
William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith
Nickname(s):
The Lion
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.

Zoot Sims

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John Haley Sims
Nickname(s):
Zoot
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: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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