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Gary W. Kennedy

(b Boston, Sept 25, 1935; d Brooklyn, NY, June 14, 2006). American tenor and soprano saxophonist. He was born into a musical family and attended the Boston Conservatory (BM). In 1956 he recorded with Paul Chambers as a pianist. Having moved to New York in ...

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Russ Girsberger and Barry Kernfeld

(b New York, Dec 25, 1939; d New York, March 29, 2006). Drummer and percussionist. In 1957 he played with Dizzy Gillespie’s band at the Newport Jazz Festival, accompanying the singer Eartha Kitt. He studied biochemistry at the Carnegie Institute in Boston, but after graduating he focused on music, working locally with Chick Corea, Alan Dawson, Tony Williams, and, from ...

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Barry Kernfeld

(bWinnemucca, NV, May 26, 1915; dSan Francisco, Oct 3, 2004). Americandouble bass player. He grew up in San Francisco, played clarinet through his primary and high-school years, and took up double bass while at Sacramento Junior College. At the beginning of the 1940s he performed and made recordings with Lionel Hampton on double bass and electric bass guitar (...

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Nevil Skrimshire

(b London, Aug 20, 1911; d London, December 19, 2005). English clarinetist and saxophonist. He took up piano when he was ten and taught himself alto saxophone from the age of 13. Although he began playing professionally in Glasgow, in 1930 he moved to London. In ...

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Barry Kernfeld

(b Houston, Oct 11, 1927; d Los Angeles, June 5, 2002). American tenor and soprano saxophonist and leader. Published sources have given his year of birth as 1929, but the Texas birth index gives 1927, and Amy confirmed that the earlier year is correct. He learned to play clarinet as a child, took up tenor saxophone while playing in an army band, and attended Wiley College (Marshall, Texas) (...

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David G. Such and Barry Kernfeld

(b Monroe, LA, March 22, 1929; d Evanston, IL, June 24, 2010). American tenor saxophonist. He took up tenor saxophone while living in Evanston, Illinois, and also studied theory; his influences were Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Gene Ammons, and later Ornette Coleman. Around ...

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Barry Kernfeld

(b Manchester, CT, Nov 17, 1931; d August 26, 2003). American trombonist. After studying at the Schillinger House in Boston (1949–50) he performed and recorded with Charlie Spivak (1950–51), the Sauter–Finegan Orchestra (July 1955 – December 1956), and Woody Herman (...

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Simon Adams

(b Wallington, England, May 26, 1937; d Milford, Derbs., Feb 23, 2004). English composer. He first played piano and tenor saxophone, and after graduating from Bristol University (1959) he studied arranging and composition with Raymond Premru (1960–61) and Bill Russo (...

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Eddie Lambert and Barry Kernfeld

(b Kansas City, MO, March 27, 1925; d Manhattan, June 13, 2003). American tenor saxophonist. He took up clarinet and then alto saxophone as a teenager, but ceased playing while serving in the navy (1943–5). From 1946 he worked with Tommy Douglas and the singer Walter Brown in Kansas City (first recording with Brown in ...

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Howard Rye

(b Birmingham, AL, Sept 30, 1913; d Las Vegas, NV, April 19, 2003). American dancer. His parents moved to Buffalo when he was four, and he later began his professional career in the area as a singing waiter. In 1933 he met the dancer Bill (William) Porter, and the two men formed an act, the Rhythm Pals; in ...

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Roland Baggenaes, Michel Laplace and Barry Kernfeld

(b Cleveland, Aug 13, 1925; d Amsterdam, April 14, 2005). American trumpeter. After learning piano and flute he took up trumpet and studied at the Cleveland Conservatory of Music and privately with George Russell. In the early 1940s he played with Bull Moose Jackson and the drummer and singer Scatman Crothers, and then toured with Jay McShann and played with Teddy Edwards. He joined Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in ...

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(b Camden, NJ, Dec 26, 1917; d Philadelphia, PA, October 1, 2011). American drummer. He played with Fats Waller and performed and recorded with Cootie Williams (1942). After navy service he recorded with Williams and Louis Armstrong (both 1946), worked with Illinois Jacquet, and toured and recorded with Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (...

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Leroy Ostransky and Barry Kernfeld

(b Hornell, NY, May 21, 1920; d Bronxville, NY, June 18, 2007). American tuba player. He studied at the Institute of Musical Art in New York and first played with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra; after army service (1942–5) he performed with Claude Thornhill (...

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T. Dennis Brown

(b Honolulu, Aug 23, 1929; d San Gabriel, CA, April 1, 2007). American drummer. At the age of 18 he played in the Hawaii Dixie All-Stars led by Trummy Young. When Young left to work with Louis Armstrong in 1952 Barcelona took over the leadership of the group, which toured the Far East until ...

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Tony Gould

(b Melbourne, Australia, April 23, 1929; d Sydney, November 4, 2005). Australian drummer, brother of Bob Barnard. He first played jazz in his family’s band, then in 1947 formed his own traditional-jazz ensemble, which recorded from 1949 and made one of the first Australian jazz albums. The group continued to record until ...

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Adriano Mazzoletti and Stefano Zenni

(b Asti, Italy, May 24, 1931; d Asti, Italy, August 17, 2009). Italian clarinetist and soprano and tenor saxophonist. He studied clarinet at the conservatory in Asti, then accompanied American musicians in Belgium and Germany (1946–50). Having returned to Italy he played in dance orchestras led by Kramer Gorni, Beppe Mojetta, and Angelo Brigada. In ...

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Barry Kernfeld

(b New Orleans, Nov 7, 1932; d New Orleans, LA, May 6, 2007). American clarinetist. He played clarinet professionally from the age of 15. While in high school he performed with Ed Blackwell, then, after army service, he began a lengthy association with Ornette Coleman. He played in jam sessions with him in Los Angeles in ...

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Jim Ferguson and Barry Kernfeld

(b New York, Nov 14, 1915; d New York, June 17, 2005). American guitarist. He played ukulele and then banjo as a child and was performing and broadcasting as a professional banjo player from his early teens; he changed to guitar in the early 1930s. Having worked in a band led by the clarinetist Jerry Wald (...

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Roger T. Dean and Simon Adams

(b St. Michael Parish, Barbados, May 30, 1935; d London, July 22, 2010). Barbadian trumpeter and flugelhorn player. He learned music in a Salvation Army band, starting on cornet and then taking up all of the other principal brass instruments. He moved to Britain in ...

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Eddie Lambert and Barry Kernfeld

(b Muskogee, OK, April 24, 1922; d Bronx, NY, January 23, 2006). Double bass player and pianist. His mother was a piano teacher. He started on piano, but switched to trumpet and tuba in high school and then to double bass while studying at Xavier University, during which time he worked with several bands in New Orleans. Following service in navy bands (...