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12 Persons in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame:

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
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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.

Chet Baker

Real/Birth Name:
Chesney Henry Baker
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

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

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
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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. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7057 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 20 October 1995.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Duke Ellington

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Kennedy Ellington
Gender:
Male
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Death Date:
Age at Death:
75, 25 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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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. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6535 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

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
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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. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6738 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Flash Terry

Real/Birth Name:
Verbie Jean Terry
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
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Brief Facts:

Guitarist and singer. Song Enough Troubles of My Own. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1994. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2003.

Jay McShann

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

Kay Starr

Real/Birth Name:
Katherine Laverne Starks
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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Brief Facts:

Native American ancestry. Pop, jazz, country and swing music. Songs Wheel of Fortune, Hoop-de-Doo, Come On-A My House, The Rock and Roll Waltz. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2008. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 2000. Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame 2002. Oklahoma Hall of Fame 1988. Memphis Music Hall of Fame 2013. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1716 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Mahalia Jackson

Real/Birth Name:
Mahala Jackson
Nickname(s):
Halie
The Queen of Gospel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
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Brief Facts:

Gospel singer, also active in the civil rights movement. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame 2008. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1995. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1997. GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1978. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 1 September 1988.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

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.

Ruth Brown

Real/Birth Name:
Ruth Alston Weston
Nickname(s):
Miss Rhythm
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19

Brief Facts:

Movie Hairspray (1988). Won a Tony Award for her part in the Broadway revue Black and Blue. Song So Long. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1993. Blues Hall of Fame 2002. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1992. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017.

Thomas A. Dorsey

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Andrew Dorsey
Also Known As:
Georgia Tom
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
93
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
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Brief Facts:

Considered the founder of "black gospel" church music. Composer of songs Peace in the Valley, Take My Hand, Precious Lord. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1979. Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame 1994. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1981. GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame 1982.
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