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(bEast Chicago, IN, Dec 5, 1928). Americanbaritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist. He studied piano and clarinet from the age of eight. He played with Louis Prima (1944–7) and Tex Beneke (1951–3), performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill (...

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Mark Gilbert and Gary W. Kennedy

(b Pontiac, MI, 12 June 1957). Pianist. She was introduced to jazz by her father and began playing piano at the age of seven. Later she studied classical music and learned jazz from Marcus Belgrave, with whom she later worked; he recorded on her album ...

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Lars Helgert

(b Pontiac, MI, June 12, 1957). American jazz pianist and composer. She began classical piano study at age seven with Patricia Wilhelm, who also encouraged her interest in jazz. After graduating from Detroit’s Cass Technical High School in 1975 (where trumpeter Marcus Belgrave was one of her teachers), she studied with John Malachi at Howard University (BA ...

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Gary W. Kennedy

(b Washington, DC, Oct 12, 1966). American tenor saxophonist. His father was a professional drummer during the swing era. He spent his childhood in Los Angeles and played the accordion from the age of seven; when he was 11 his family moved to Rhode Island, where he took up clarinet and a year later tenor saxophone. Around ...

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J. Bradford Robinson and Barry Kernfeld

(bNew Orleans, 7 Jan 1908; dNew York, 17 April 1967). Americantrumpeter and leader. He learned drums, ukulele, violin, alto horn, and finally trumpet, and played the last two instruments in New Orleans in the brass band of his father, Henry Allen, Sr., with whom he marched to the age of 18; he acquired his nickname because “I was light-skinned and my face got red when I blew” (Sudhalter and Chilton, ...

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J. Bradford Robinson

(b New Orleans, 7 Jan 1908; d New York, 17 April 1967). American jazz trumpeter. He learnt the trumpet in New Orleans in the brass band of his father, Henry Allen sr. After playing in various New Orleans groups, including that of George Lewis, he went to St Louis in ...

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Alexis Chitty and George Biddlecombe

(b Cork, 1809; d London, Nov 27, 1876). Irish tenor and composer. He was educated at the RAM in London and first attracted public attention by his performance, on 5 February 1842, as Damon in the stage production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea...

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Marcel Joly

(bNew Orleans, 1877; dNew Orleans, Jan 11, 1952). Americancornetist, father of Henry “Red” Allen. For more than 40 years he was the leader of the Allen Brass Band in New Orleans.

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Robert E. Eliason

(b Holland, MA, Sept 24, 1815; dc1905). American brass instrument maker. About 1853 he designed a very efficient rotary valve, featuring flattened windways, string linkage, and enclosed stops. This valve was very successful in the USA during the second half of the 19th century. Other makers who adopted the Allen valve included B.F. Richardson, D.C. Hall, and B.F. Quinby, all of whom had at one time worked with Allen; Henry Lehnert, who worked in Boston for a time before moving to Philadelphia; and E. Glier of Cochecton, New York....

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Howard Rye

(b Pittsburg, KS, July 2, 1926; d Hawthorne, CA, Oct 18, 1994). American tenor saxophonist. Some sources give his year of birth as 1927, but on balance the evidence of his career supports 1926. When he was only one year old his father died and his family moved to Denver; he learned saxophone in high school there. In ...

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Barry Long

(b Louisville, KY, May 25, 1924). American alto saxophonist and bandleader. He began clarinet lessons when he was ten and later took up alto saxophone. After joining the US Army at 18 years of age, Allen performed in military bands and, while stationed in Paris, formed a trio with Art Simmons and Don Byas. Allen remained in Europe following his discharge, touring with James Moody and studying clarinet at the Paris Conservatory with Ulysse Delécluse. He returned to the United States in ...

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Howard Rye

(bMemphis, July 30, 1906; dNew York, Feb 2, 1983). Americandouble bass and tuba player and singer. His date of birth, previously unknown, is taken from the social security death index. At Le Moyne College, Memphis, he played in a band with Jimmy Crawford. Both men recorded two titles in ...

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Suzanne L. Moulton-Gertig

(b Mineola, NY, July 11, 1954). American harpist and pedagogue. She studied early with Marion Bannerman, Pearl Chertok, and Mario di Steffano, and in Paris with Lily Laskine in summer 1972. She received degrees from the Juilliard School (BM, MM), working with Marcel Grandjany...

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H. Wiley Hitchcock and Michael Meckna

(b Hyde Park, MA, Nov 28, 1883; d Boston, Sept 28, 1952). American composer. After graduating from Harvard University (BA 1903), he moved to Florence, serving in the US diplomatic service in Italy during World War I. He returned to the USA in ...

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Douglas B. Green

(b near Willcox, AZ, Dec 31, 1924; d Tucson, AZ, Dec 19, 1999). American singing cowboy, songwriter, actor, and radio and recording artist. Born on a remote ranch, Allen had a powerful voice of tremendous range, was a world-class yodeler, and a prolific songwriter. He had begun a performing career straight out of high school and, after a stint at WTTM in Trenton, NJ, was added to the ...

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(b Philadelphia, PA, Feb 14, 1760; d Philadelphia, March 26, 1831). American tunebook compiler. A former slave, he founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia in 1794 and was elected its first bishop on the incorporation of the church in 1816. He compiled a hymnbook of 54 hymns, ...

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Frank Merkling and Karen M. Bryan

(b Kirksville, MO, March 10, 1921; d Bloomington, IN, Dec 31, 2003). American opera director and teacher. He pursued graduate study at Indiana University, where he staged the choral episodes of Britten’s Billy Budd for the first American production (1952). While a member of the Indiana University faculty (...

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Howard Rye

(bMiddleport, OH, Jan 30, 1909; dCalifornia, Sept 1963). Americanpianist. At the age of ten he played for silent films. He joined Dave Nelson, with whom he recorded in 1931, then worked as second pianist in James P. Johnson’s orchestra. From ...

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Charles Beare

(b Cornwall, England, 1848; dc1905). English bow maker. He worked for W.E. Hill & Sons from about 1880 until 1891. During this time he made many bows marked with the brand of his employers, some of them with exquisitely decorative mountings. He also repaired and modernized old sticks. On leaving Hill’s he continued to make bows, branding them ‘S. ALLEN’; he made at least one double bass as well. Some players complain that his violin bows are too ‘whippy’, but strong sticks were apparently not highly regarded by players at that time. He earned his reputation mainly through his cello bows: patterned in most respects after Tourte, they are medium to heavy in weight, of the strongest pernambuco wood, and in every way ideal for the modern cellist. His sticks are almost always octagonal....