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Johs Bergh

(b Trondheim, Norway, June 19, 1952). Norwegian singer, lyricist, and actor. She lived for a period in England before settling in Oslo in 1976. A member of the soul group Chipahua (1979–85), she also worked through much of the 1980s in successful local jazz-rock groups led by the guitarist Jon Eberson. She moved into more contempo-rary modern jazz singing around ...

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Floyd Levin

(b New York, Feb 11, 1928). American trombonist, bandleader, and actor. In his early teens, while under contract to 20th-Century Fox, he began playing the trombone after hearing Kid Ory. He started his first band, the Tailgate Jazz Band, in Los Angeles in ...

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E. Ron Horton

(b Detroit, MI, Sept 24, 1916). American jazz vocalist and actor. He began his professional singing career at 14 and then worked with such well-known jazz musicians as Erskine Tate, Earl Hines, and Blanche Calloway. In the late 1930s he made five films as America’s first black singing cowboy starting with ...

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Roger T. Dean

(b Melbourne, Australia, Oct 12, 1936). Australian double bass player, composer, and performance artist. In his late adolescence and early twenties, when he was devoted to American jazz and its culture, he played with such hard-bop stalwarts as Stewie Speers and with Keith Hounslow. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he pursued parallel careers as an artist (particularly as a sculptor) and a jazz double bass player, working mainly in Melbourne. Having stopped making sculpture in ...