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Paul Rinzler

revised by Barry Kernfeld

[William, Jr. ]

(b Philadelphia, March 27, 1927; d Middletown, CT, Sept 21, 1989). American tenor and soprano saxophonist, composer, and teacher, brother of Kenny Barron. He first studied piano with his mother from the age of nine, but four years later changed to soprano saxophone and then to the tenor instrument. At the age of 17 he toured with the Carolina Cotton Pickers, after which he served as a musician in the army (1943–6), where his fellow bandsmen included Randy Weston and Ernie Henry. He then played tenor saxophone in Philadelphia with Red Garland, Jimmy Heath, and Philly Joe Jones; Dexter Gordon influenced his early style. In 1958 he moved to New York. There he performed and in 1959 recorded with Cecil Taylor, recorded with Jones in 1959–60, and co-led the group the Barron Brothers; he also formed a group with Ted Curson which in 1964 toured Europe, where it frequently broadcast on radio and television and recorded in Paris. He appeared with Taylor’s free-jazz group at the Newport Jazz Festival in ...

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Paul Rinzler

revised by Barry Kernfeld

[Kenneth ]

(b Philadelphia, June 9, 1943). American pianist, composer, leader, and teacher, brother of Bill Barron. He learned piano from the age of 12 and with the help of his brother secured an engagement when he was 15 with a rhythm-and-blues orchestra led by Mel Melvin; while in high school he also played double bass and tuba. Having worked with Philly Joe Jones (1959) and Jimmy Heath, and in Detroit with Yusef Lateef (1960), in 1961 he moved to New York and began appearing regularly at the Five Spot with James Moody, on whose recommendation he was engaged by Dizzy Gillespie; from 1962 to 1966 he toured Europe and North America with Gillespie. Barron then played briefly with Stanley Turrentine and was a member of several groups led by Freddie Hubbard (1967–9); by 1970 his compositions had been recorded by Gillespie, Hubbard, and Moody. He was again with Lateef from ...

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J. Kent Williams

revised by Barry Kernfeld

[Mjumbe ]

(b Detroit, Sept 3, 1938; d Detroit, Nov 15, 2005). American drummer, percussionist, and jazz educator. His mother sang in church. Brooks cites Elvin Jones as his first important influence. He first worked with Yusef Lateef, then joined Horace Silver’s quintet, of which he was a member from 1959 to 1964; during the same period he recorded with his fellow sidemen Junior Cook (1960) and Blue Mitchell (1961, 1963), as well as with Sonny Red (1960), Buddy Tate and Stanley Turrentine (both 1961), and Shirley Scott (1961–3). Later he performed with Wes Montgomery, Lateef (1967–70), Pharoah Sanders, James Moody (1970–72), Sonny Stitt (recording in 1972–3), Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon, Randy Weston, Milt Jackson, Charles Mingus (mid-1972–1973, beginning with a tour of Europe), and Abdullah Ibrahim (including recordings, 1973, 1976, 1977), and recorded with Chet Baker (...

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Gary W. Kennedy

(Ray )

(b Hernando, MS, March 28, 1954). American pianist and composer. He grew up in Memphis in a musical family and played drums, baritone horn, and trumpet, on which he won several awards in his youth, before taking up piano. At Memphis State University (1972–5) he focused on piano and was encouraged to explore jazz by his classmate James Williams. He then worked locally before replacing Williams in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (1981). While with Blakey he toured internationally and appeared in the video Jazz at the Smithsonian:Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (1982). In 1982 rheumatoid arthritis forced Brown to leave the group. From 1983 to 1985 he was a member of the faculty at the Berklee College of Music, and in 1988 he began teaching jazz history and leading student ensembles at the University of Tennessee. Although his activities have been limited by arthritis, he has occasionally worked with Freddie Hubbard, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, and the ...

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Steven Strunk

revised by Barry Kernfeld

(Richard )

(b Framingham, MA, Dec 21, 1920; d New York, Dec 13, 1983). American teacher, bandleader, and trombonist. He taught himself to play various instruments at an early age. After gaining a BS degree in music from New York University (1949) he directed high-school bands in the New York area (1949–57) while pursuing graduate studies at Columbia University (MA music, 1953). His dance band from Farmingdale, the Dalers, played at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 to unprecedented acclaim, winning Brown international fame and an appointment to the Newport Festival board. He then toured Europe with George Wein to select members for the International Youth Band, which performed at the Brussels World’s Fair and at Newport in 1958. In New York he organized the Newport Youth Band, which played at Newport and other festivals (1959–60). Many members of Brown’s groups, such as Dusko Goykovic, Albert Mangelsdorff, George Gruntz, Gábor Szabó, Gil Cuppini, Eddie Gomez, Jimmy Owens, Mike Abene, and Ronnie Cuber, became well-known jazz artists. After the dissolution of the Newport Festival Corporation (...

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André Barbera

[David ]

(b Perth Amboy, NJ, March 5, 1924). American trumpeter, flugelhorn player, pianist, and teacher. He studied trumpet from the age of nine, and was influenced by Louis Armstrong and Roy Eldridge as well as by Dizzy Gillespie, whom he heard at Minton’s Playhouse in New York when he was 16. After playing with Al Cooper’s Savoy Sultans (1941–3) he led an air force band that included James Moody (1943–5). From 1946 to 1949 he was a member of Gillespie’s big band and was at times asked to reproduce Gillespie’s solos (as, for example, on the recording of the second part of One Bass Hit, 1946); while with Gillespie he appeared in the film Jivin’ in Bebop (1947), and he also recorded under Moody’s leadership (1948). He played with Duke Ellington (1950–52) and Moody (1952–7), and then worked for three years in New York as a freelance. Burns was a member of the sextet led by Billy Mitchell and Al Grey in ...

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Ed Hazell

revised by Barry Kernfeld

(Wallace )

(b Fort Worth, Sept 24, 1929; d Inglewood, CA, March 31, 1991). American clarinetist, alto saxophon-ist, composer, leader, and teacher. He studied clarinet and alto saxophone and in the late 1940s played with Ornette Coleman and Charles Moffett. After attending Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri (BA 1949), and the University of Colorado (MA 1956) he taught in public schools in Fort Worth (1949–61) and Los Angeles (1961–82). In 1964 he formed the New Art Jazz Ensemble in Los Angeles with Bobby Bradford and the following year he conducted orchestral music by Coleman at UCLA. From 1974 he played clarinet exclusively; he was a member of the Little Big Horn workshop with Bradford, James Newton, and others (1976–8), ran a jazz venue, Rudolph’s, and in 1983 formed the Wind College, a school for improvisation, with Newton, Red Callender, and Charles Owens. During this period he was the subject of a film documentary, ...

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André Barbera

revised by Barry Kernfeld

(b Norfolk, VA, July 17, 1926; d New York, May 18, 1984). American trumpeter, flugelhorn player, composer, and teacher, father of Keith Copeland. He studied classical trumpet and in his teens played with groups in Brooklyn. After working in New York with Cecil Scott at the Savoy Ballroom (1945) and Chris Columbus at Small’s Paradise (1946) he toured with Mercer Ellington (1947–8) and the Savoy Sultans (i) and recorded with Lucky Thompson (1949). During the early 1950s he worked only part-time as a trumpeter, for Andy Kirk, Lucky Millinder, Sy Oliver, and others. He was featured in the film Kiss her Goodbye (1959), and played bop and swing with Lionel Hampton (recording in August 1956), Oscar Pettiford’s orchestra (at Birdland in 1957), Specs Powell’s orchestra (recording in 1957), Randy Weston (1957–8), and Gigi Gryce and Johnny Richards (both ...

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Daniel Zager

revised by Barry Kernfeld

[Jim ]

(b Berwyn, IL, Sept 3, 1940). American editor, writer, teacher, leader, and pianist. He studied composition at the University of Illinois (BMus 1962, MMus 1963, DMA 1971) and from 1966 taught at the University of Michigan. In his work as an editor and writer he has devoted particular attention to the music of Jelly Roll Morton; his book Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton: the Collected Piano Music (1982) offers a comprehensive edition of transcriptions of a jazz musician’s work and includes biographical material and analysis. He also wrote entries on major jazz musicians for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London, 1980). As a pianist Dapogny has performed widely in concert and on radio and television, and he recorded as the leader of the Chicago Jazz Band, in a duo with Butch Thompson, and with the State Street Aces, the Mysterious Babies, and Sippie Wallace. His Chicago Jazz Band, founded in ...

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Gary W. Kennedy

[Stephen Kimball; Stevie-D]

(b Worcester, MA, April 14, 1967). American trombonist. His maternal grandmother was a semi-professional stride pianist and singer. He grew up in Binghamton, New York, where he played trumpet, euphonium, and tuba before taking up trombone at the age of 14; from 1983 to 1986 he attended summer music camps in Oneonta, New York, and served for the last two years on the faculty. He then moved to Hartford, Connecticut, to study with Jackie McLean at the Hartt School of Music (Bmus 1989); while there he also studied informally with Hotep Idris Galeta and Nat Reeves. His first important professional engagement was with Charli Persip’s Superband at Visiones, New York, in 1988. He worked with Persip through 1990, though during the same period he performed with the group of Eddie Henderson and the saxophonist Ron Bridgewater (1988) and with Galeta (1988–9). In mid-...

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Frederick A. Beck

[Lyle F. ]

(b Delevan, NY, July 12, 1918). American trumpeter, arranger, composer, and teacher. He trained to become a teacher at Fredonia (New York) College (1937–9) and later in life studied with the composers Paul Creston (1947–8) and Stefan Wolpe (1950–53) and the trumpeters Benny Baker (also 1950–53) and Murray Karpilosky (1955–8). In 1938–9 he worked with the clarinetist and saxophonist Dick Stabile and then joined Red Norvo, with whom his brother Arthur had previously played trombone. After leaving Norvo (1941) Dedrick performed and recorded with Claude Thornhill (1941–2), played briefly with Ray McKinley (1946), then returned to Thornhill (1946–7); his imaginative arrangement of ’Deed I do may be heard on the album The Uncollected Claude Thornhill (1947, Hindsight 108). In the 1950s and 1960s he worked as a freelance trumpeter, arranger, and composer in studios in New York, during which time he wrote music for Don Elliott, Maxine Sullivan, and Lee Wiley, among others; he performed with Urbie Green (...

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Mark Miller

(Arthur )

(b Moose Jaw, Canada, Oct 27, 1918; d Toronto, Jan 16, 1981). Canadian theorist, teacher, and composer. He led dance bands and played trumpet in Toronto (1939–49) before he ended his career as a performer for reasons of health and turned to teaching (1950). He wrote texts on arranging, harmony, counterpoint, 12-tone music, and melody (New York, 1965–76) that became widely used, and he taught many leading jazz musicians in Canada in the 1950s and 1960s. He also composed several works in the third-stream idiom, of which he was an enthusiastic advocate; these include Collage no.3 and Song and Dance, both of which were recorded by Duke Ellington with the Ron Collier Orchestra on Duke Ellington: North of the Border (1967, Decca 75069). His Three Entertainments for Saxophone Quartet (1969) was recorded by the New York Saxophone Quartet. (EMC2...

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Gary W. Kennedy

[Walter Henri]

(b St. Joseph, MO, Jan 11, 1901; d Chicago, Nov 17, 1969). American educator. Details of his birth appear in his application for social security. He grew up in various places around the USA, as his father was a minister. At some point in his youth his family settled in California, where he began playing violin; eventually he became concertmaster for his high school orchestra in Pasadena. He studied medicine and was a member of the symphony orchestra at the University of California in Berkeley. In 1921 he decided to pursue a career in music and moved to Chicago, where by mid-decade he was working with Erskine Tate and conducting pit bands at Pickford vaudeville theaters. Following a period as music director of the Eighth Regiment Army Band, during which time he acquired the title Captain, he joined the faculty at Wendell Phillips High School, where he worked initially as an assistant to the school’s band director, Major N. Clark Smith. In ...

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Howard Rye

(b Constantinople [now Istanbul], Nov 27, 1917; d New York, July 15, 1989). American record producer, brother of Ahmet Ertegun. Like his brother, he moved about internationally on account of his father’s ambassadorial career. After moving to Washington in 1934 he promoted jazz concerts there (1941–4), then settled in Los Angeles, where he and his wife, Marili Morden, organized a band led by Kid Ory; they established the record label Crescent in Hollywood to record the band. Later they operated the Jazzman label (1946–51), which again had a repertory of traditional jazz. In the mid-1940s Ertegun wrote for the journal Clef and was editor of Record Changer. From 1951 to 1954 he lectured in the history of American music at UCLA, and delivered the first courses on the history of jazz given for college credit in any American university; during this period he also worked for the Good Time Jazz and Contemporary labels. In ...

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Gary W. Kennedy

(b Charlottesville, VA, Oct 14, 1953). American guitarist and educator. As a teenager he played blues on acoustic guitar in local coffeehouses in Philadelphia. He encountered jazz while studying at the Berklee College of Music (BMus 1977), where he took lessons with Lenny Breau (1974–9); upon graduating he accepted a permanent position on the Berklee faculty, though he continued his own studies with Pat Martino (1981–6). From around 1983 he began performing regularly in Europe, initially in a trio which included Harvie Swartz, and from 1986 he led groups in the Boston area, most often a quartet with such sidemen as the pianists Frank Carlberg (1986–91), Fred Hersch (1992–5), Laszlo Gardony (1995–7), and Jim McNeely (1998), the double bass players Ben Street (1986–91), Cecil McBee (1992–7), and Steve LaSpina (1998...

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Mark Gilbert

(Sabato )

(b Cambridge, MA, Sept 23, 1950). American saxophonist and clarinetist. He began playing clarinet at the age of nine and the saxophone when he was 13. After studying at the Berklee School of Music (BM 1972) he began a career in jazz education, working as a faculty member at Berklee (from 1972), the New England Conservatory (from 1983), Tufts University, Somerville, Massachusetts (1984–7), the New School for Social Research, New York (from 1993), and New York University (from 1997). He has also worked widely as a performer, most consistently with Fringe, The, an improvising trio which has played in Boston almost every week since 1972; its other members are John Lockwood and the drummer Bob Gulloti. As a sideman he has appeared with, among others, George Russell (1983–4, 1989), Pink, Inc. (a trio with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and the drummer Alex Deutsch, recording in ...

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Mark Gilbert

(Charles )

(b Oakland, CA, Oct 2, 1953). American electric bass guitarist and double bass player. After moving to Canada with his parents (1967) he studied double bass with Sidney Keats (1969–71), former principal of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and with Eddie Gomez (1973). In 1975 he moved to Berkeley, California, and then in 1977 to New York, where he began a busy career as a studio bass player, accompanying, among others, John Handy (1975–7), Dave Valentin (from 1979), John Scofield (1979–80), Bob Mintzer (1979–94), Gato Barbieri (from 1980), Bill Connors (1980–83), Tania Maria (1981–7), Sonny Rollins (1982–3), Eliane Elias (1982–92), Paquito D’Rivera (from 1984), Leni Stern (from 1987), Herbie Mann (1987–8), Michel Camilo (from 1988), Ronnie Cuber (1988–90), the Mike Stern–Bob Berg band (...

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Steven L. Isoardi

[William (Earnest) ]

(b Kansas City, KS, Feb 28, 1925; d Los Angeles, July 29, 1996). American alto saxophonist. The day and year of his birth were inadvertently transposed in the first edition of this dictionary. He began alto saxophone studies when he was ten and added clarinet at the age of 12. After wartime service he returned to Kansas City, Kansas, in April 1946 and worked at Scott’s in Kansas City, Missouri, for six months. He then studied at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and Arts (1947–52), where he received a master’s degree and served on the faculty (1952–62). He started taking private students in late 1947. For decades he regularly offered jazz workshops and seminars at universities throughout the country, and over the years his studio on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles was a training ground and meeting place for several generations of musicians....

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Gary W. Kennedy

(b Dayton, OH, Aug 19, 1954). American trumpeter. He started playing trumpet at the age of nine and later studied music education at Bowling Green State University, Ohio (1972–4). From 1974 to 1976 he was a member of Stan Kenton’s orchestra, with which he appeared in a BBC television documentary, “Stan Kenton and his Orchestra,” in 1977. Having moved to Sweden (1977) he worked in a quartet with Sahib Shihab and Ed Thigpen (1978–82) and in the big bands of Thad Jones and Ernie Wilkins (both 1979–82). He also performed as a freelance with Dexter Gordon, Horace Parlan, and Kenny Drew, among others, and between 1978 and 1981 served on the faculty of the Musik Högskolan in Malmö. After returning to the USA (1982) he taught at the University of Cincinnati (1983–4) and at the Berklee College of Music (...

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Gary W. Kennedy

[James Paul ]

(b San Mateo, CA, March 10, 1950). American baritone saxophonist. Having earlier earned a BA in history from Grinnell College in Iowa (1971) he graduated from the New England Conservatory (BM 1980) and worked with Jaki Byard (1977–82). In 1982 he helped to form and co-led the 29th Street Saxophone Quartet, with which he toured and recorded until it disbanded in 1996. He has toured internationally with Tom Varner (from 1977) and Bobby Watson’s big band (from 1987), recorded with Carmen Lundy, Keshavan Maslak, and the East Down Septet, and performed with the Mingus Big Band, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Karl Berger, and others. He has given workshops from the mid-1980s, and from January 1990 to September 1991 he was on the faculty of the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He was an executive producer and artists and repertory director for the New Note record company (...