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Dale Cockrell

(b Walpole, MA, Sept 13, 1847; d Brookline, MA, Nov 24, 1903). American composer. He studied piano and composition from an early age with john knowles Paine and J(ames) C(utler) D(unn) Parker, among others. He entered into an exclusive contract with White-Smith in Boston to publish his compositions; this arrangement lasted until ...

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Adrienne Simpson

( b Christchurch, Jan 5, 1949). New Zealand composer and administrator . After initially working as a civil engineer, he completed the BMus at Canterbury University, New Zealand, in 1973 and followed this with postgraduate composition studies at Southampton University with Eric Grabner and Jonathan Harvey. Since ...

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John Cowley and Howard Rye

(b Trinidad, Oct 22, 1897; d London, Dec 3, 1951). Trinidadian trumpeter. He was previously believed to have been born in October or November 1900, but on his merchant seaman's identity certificate his birthdate appears as 22 October 1897. He moved to Great Britain around ...

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Stephen Pettitt

(b London, Sept 2, 1936). English composer. He read music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where his teachers included Patrick Hadley. The award of the Mendelssohn Scholarship in 1960 enabled him to study in East Berlin, at the Akademie der Künste, with Hanns Eisler. During this time he wrote his first acknowledged works, the Variations for Piano and the First String Quartet. Upon his return to the United Kingdom he began a career as a schoolteacher, and composed the children’s musical ...

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Eileen Southern

(b Baltimore, 7 Feb 1883; d New York, 12 Feb 1983). American pianist and composer. When he was six years old his parents, who had been slaves, purchased a home organ and arranged for him to have lessons. Later he studied music theory with a local musician, Llewelyn Wilson. Blake began to play professionally in a nightclub in Baltimore at the age of 15, and in ...

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Eileen Southern and John Graziano

(b Baltimore, Feb 7, 1883; d New York, Feb 12, 1983). American ragtime pianist and composer. When he was six years old his parents, who had been slaves, purchased a home organ and arranged for him to have lessons. Later he studied music theory with a local musician, Llewelyn Wilson. Despite the disapproval of his mother, an extremely religious woman, Blake began to play professionally in a Baltimore nightclub at the age of 15, and in ...

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Donald W. Krummel

(b England, 1775; d Philadelphia, Feb 20, 1871). American music engraver and publisher. He emigrated to the USA before 1793 and in 1794 began teaching the flute and clarinet. In 1802 he acquired the piano manufactory of John I. Hawkins in Philadelphia, and soon after began to publish and to operate a circulating music library. His production included many American compositions (...

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David Kershaw

(b London, Oct 28, 1938). English composer. He studied at the RAM with Harold Craxton (piano) and Howard Ferguson (composition). While serving as a projectionist at the National Film Theatre his enthusiasm for cinema led him to make a film himself. He began his career in London as composer, arranger, session keyboard player and conductor, gaining experience in radio, television and film. As a pianist in recordings for film he worked for major composers including Quincy Jones, Bernard Herrmann and Henry Mancini. His meeting with Laurie Johnson resulted in his being commissioned to compose music for ‘The Avengers’ television series (...

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Howard Rye

(b Gary, IN, Jan 23, 1908; dc 1961). American saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, and singer. He studied violin, then alto saxophone and clarinet. After playing briefly with Charlie Turner’s Arcadians he took ship for Europe with Sam Wooding (1928), with whom he recorded in Barcelona and Paris (...

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Gary W. Kennedy

(b Philadelphia, July 3, 1947). American violinist and leader. He played piano initially but changed to violin around the age of eight. At West Virginia University (BME 1969) he studied music education, piano, and violin, and during his final year he was inspired by recordings by Ray Nance and Michael White (i) to begin improvising and to take up jazz. After graduating he returned to Philadelphia and began travelling to New York, where he worked at first in small orchestral groups. In the early 1970s he studied the carnatic style of south Indian classical violin, and in summer ...

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Paul F. Wells

(b Chattanooga, TN, March 10, 1938). American multi-instrumentalist and singer. Blake has had a long and varied career playing many different genres of country music, but focusing on older styles and material. He is best-known as a guitarist, but is also skilled on mandolin, fiddle, banjo, and dobro. Blake played in a number of regional bands and came to wide attention through his work as a Nashville studio musician and sideman. He was a member of June Carter’s road band, played on Bob Dylan’s ...

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Ryan D.W. Bruce

(b Springfield, MA, April 20, 1935). American jazz pianist and educator. His earliest work grew out of his studies in music at Bard College (1956–60) and his concurrent enrollment at the Lenox School of Jazz. He studied with various pianists, including ...

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Roger Fiske

(fl late 18th century). Irish ballet dancer and composer. He is probably the ‘Riccardo Bleck’ described as newly hired who danced at Florence in 1763. He composed a ballet in Parma in 1776 and several for Venice in 1777–8 when librettos refer to him as in the service of the Duke of Parma. He appeared again in Florence both as dancer and composer of ballets in ...

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Cori Ellison

(b Plattsburgh, ny , Jan 10, 1951). American tenor . While still at school he began his studies with Renata Carisio Booth, who remained his principal teacher. After apprenticeships with the Goldovsky and Wolf Trap opera companies, he made his début with the Washington Opera in ...

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Gary W. Kennedy

(b San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept 7, 1965). Virgin Island tenor and soprano saxophonist. He grew up in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands; his parents are also Virgin Islanders. He took up guitar when he was eight and played alto saxophone in school bands from the age of ten. In ...

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Frank Driggs and Howard Rye

(b Quitman, MS, June 10, 1898; d Baldwin Park, CA, Feb 12, 1992). American trumpeter and bandleader. In 1979 he moved to Chicago and two years later became involved in music; he studied with W. L. Jackson (Erskine Tate’s stepfather). He played his first job on Labor Day ...

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Gary W. Kennedy

(b Portland, OR, Dec 9, 1952). American trumpeter. He was classically trained and first performed professionally in 1970 on the West Coast. In 1983 he moved to Dallas, where he taught in the public schools, recorded, and performed locally, both as a leader and with Dennis Gonzalez’s collective groups; he later wrote arrangements for and recorded in London (...

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A. Dean Palmer

(b Oberlin, oh, Nov 2, 1883; d San Luis Obispo, ca, March 9, 1972). American composer. After completing basic studies in Oberlin and Denver, he received the bachelor’s degree in music at Pomona College, Claremont, California, in 1908. In 1916 he joined the music faculty at Chaffey College, Ontario, California, where he remained until his retirement in ...

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Lewis Porter

(b Pittsburgh, Oct 11, 1919; d New York, Oct 16, 1990). American jazz drummer and bandleader. By the time he was a teenager he was playing the piano full-time, leading a commercial band. Shortly afterwards he taught himself to play the drums in the aggressive swing style of Chick Webb, Sid Catlett and Ray Bauduc, and he joined Mary Lou Williams as a drummer for an engagement in New York in autumn ...

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André Tubeuf and Alan Blyth

(b Sanary-sur-Mer, Nov 1, 1923; d December 22, 2010). French baritone. A student at the conservatories in Toulon and Paris, he made his début in Marseilles as Tonio (1950). At the Paris Opéra (1954–80) he sang a wide variety of roles including Rigoletto, Theogène (which he sang in the première of Barraud’s ...