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Kevin Whitehead

(b Durban, South Africa, June 29, 1948). South African tenor and alto saxophonist and bandleader. He played guitar from the age of 12, took up clarinet when he was 17, and changed to tenor saxophone a year later. Playing either the tenor or the alto instrument he worked in pop and blues bands in Cape Town and Durban and in jazz groups with the drummer Dick Xhosa and Pat Matshikiza, among others. He left South Africa in ...

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Christopher Fifield and R. Allen Lott

(b Dresden, Germany, Jan 8, 1830; d Cairo, Egypt, Feb 12, 1894). German conductor, pianist, and composer. He studied piano with Friedrich Wieck, Max Eberwein, and Louis Plaidy before briefly pursuing a law degree to appease his parents. Under Wagner’s influence he began an operatic conducting career, then in ...

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Lucius R. Wyatt

(b Lagos, Dec 24, 1929; d New York, April 29, 2002). American composer, violinist and conductor. His missionary parents, originally from Jamaica, left Nigeria when he was three years old and settled in the West Indies. When he was 11 the family moved to New York, where he began violin lessons with Barnabas Istok. He studied at Queens College, CUNY (BA ...

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Alyn Shipton

(b Zeerust, South Africa, March 9, 1909; d Northwood, July 2, 1993). South African jazz drummer and bandleader, active in Britain. He arrived in England aged two, and began playing drums in public at 13. Three years later he played on numerous transatlantic crossings in ships’ bands for Cunard liners, before returning to London to play with the trumpeter Max Goldberg (...

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Dominique-René De Lerman and Jonas Westover

(b Nabaclis, British Guiana [now Guyana], April 5, 1907; d London, England, June 10, 1988). American conductor. His interest in classical music was sparked by hearing transcriptions of classical works played by local military bands. He played clarinet in the British Guiana Militia Band from ...

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Awatef Abdel Kerim

(b Rashēēd by Beheira, Nov 10, 1947). Egyptian conductor and composer. He studied piano and cello at the Alexandria Conservatory, then (1967–71) composition at the Cairo Conservatory. After graduating he studied for one year at the Moscow Conservatory (1973–4), then took postgraduate studies at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik (...

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G.F. Stegmann and James May

(b Somerset West, Nov 3, 1904; d Cape Town, March 21, 1980). South African conductor and composer. He studied at the College of Music, Cape Town (1916–22), and at the Royal College of Music, London, with Boult, Sargent and Vaughan Williams (...

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Charles Fox, Digby Fairweather and Simon Adams

(b Salisbury, Rhodesia [now Harare, Zimbabwe], Sept 25, 1937). Rhodesian composer, bandleader, and trombonist. He learned piano from the age of seven, took up trombone when he was 17, and in 1959 went to the USA to study at the Berklee School of Music, the Lenox (Massachusetts) School of Jazz, the Boston Conservatory (BM ...

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Gregory F. Barz

(b Accra, May 31, 1919; d July 19, 1996). Ghanaian trumpet and saxophone player and bandleader . After learning to play the organ and the saxophone while at secondary school, he formed the Accra Rhythmic Orchestra in the 1930s. He played in several bands during the 1940s before joining the Tempos in Accra in ...

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Kazunori Sugiyama

(b Tokyo, Aug 11, 1966). Japanese drummer and leader. He started playing drums at the age of three, when he was given a miniature set as a birthday gift. While living in Kenya from ages five to eight he worked professionally as a musician at the Nairobi National Theater for a month. After returning to Japan he studied drums privately (...

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Bill Dobbins

(b Norwalk, CT, Sept 2, 1928; d New Rochelle, NY, June 18, 2014). American jazz pianist, bandleader and composer. As a child he was exposed to Cape Verdean folk music performed by his father, who was of Portuguese descent. He began studying the saxophone and the piano in high school, when his influences were blues singers such as Memphis Slim and boogie-woogie and bop pianists, especially Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. In ...

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Asta-Rose Alcaide and Alexandre Delgado

(b Lourenço Marques, Mozambique, Feb 15, 1927). Portuguese composer, musicologist and conductor. He took a degree in classical philology at Lisbon University and studied the piano (diploma 1947) with Abreu Mota and composition (diploma 1952) with Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos at the Lisbon Conservatory; he also studied conducting with Fritz Lehmann in Munich (...