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51 Persons in the DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame:

Location:
Universal Studios City Jazz Club
Orlando, Florida
Web Site:
Years Active:
since 1952

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.

Baby Dodds

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Warren Dodds
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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Christian

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Charles Christian
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: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.

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.

Chick Corea

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Armando Anthony Corea
Birth Date:
Age today:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2010.

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.

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.

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.

Erroll Garner

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Erroll Louis Garner
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:some source born 1921.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1993.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6363 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

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.
husband of
Barbara Sinatra, until he died.
Older than Barbara Sinatra by 11 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.

Frank Zappa

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Frank Vincent Zappa
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52, 17 days before his 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
father of
father of
husband of
Gail Zappa, until he died.
Older than Gail Zappa by 4 years.
uncle of
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Founded the group:then on his own.
Song:with daughter:Album:won a Grammy Award.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1995.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1994.
Guitar Center RockWalk 1993.
International Guitar Hall of Fame.

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.

Gerry Mulligan

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Gerald Joseph Mulligan
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.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

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.

Herbie Hancock

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Herbert Jeffrey Hancock
Birth Date:
Age today:
77
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.
Movie: 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.

J.J. Johnson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
James Louis Johnson
Also Known As:
J. J. Johnson
Jay Jay Johnson
Nickname(s):
Jay
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:DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1988.

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.

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.

Jimi Hendrix

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Johnny Allen Hendrix
Also Known As:
Jimmy James
(renamed at age 2) James Marshall Hendrix
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
27
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song:Founder and member of group:Albums:Songs:His band:played at Woodstock. Left-handed guitar - played the guitar upside down.
UK Music Hall of Fame 2005. Died of a drug reaction to sleeping pills in London.
Music City Walk of Fame 2007.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1970.
Guitar Center RockWalk 1989.
International Guitar Hall of Fame.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1992 as a member of Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6627 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 14 November 1991.

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.

John Coltrane

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John William Coltrane
Nickname(s):
Trane
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.
ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.

King Oliver

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Nathan Oliver
Also Known As:
Joe Oliver
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:Songs:DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1984.
Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007.

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:

Songs:Movie: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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sonny Rollins

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Walter Rollins
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
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.

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.

Thelonious Monk

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

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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.

Tony Williams

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Anthony Williams
Birth Date:
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Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
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Lead singer, tenor.
Co-founder, group:Songs:DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1997.
Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009 as a member of The Platters.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1990 as a member of The Platters.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 1998 as a member of The Platters.

Woody Herman

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Woodrow Charles Thomas Herman
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Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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Band:ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.
DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1981.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6805 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.

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
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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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