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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Count Basie
21-Aug-1904 26-Apr-1984 Big band pianist
Tony Bennett
3-Aug-1926   Left his heart in San Francisco
Art Blakey
11-Oct-1919 16-Oct-1990 Principal bebop instigator and drummer
Dave Brubeck
Jazz Musician
6-Dec-1920   Take Five
Benny Carter
Jazz Musician
8-Aug-1907 12-Jul-2003 Jazz and big bandleader
Kenny Clarke
9-Jan-1914 26-Jan-1985 Droppin' Bombs
Ornette Coleman
Jazz Musician
19-Mar-1930   Free Jazz innovator
Chick Corea
Jazz Musician
12-Jun-1941   Jazz keyboardist
Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
26-May-1926 28-Sep-1991 Jazz trumpeter, Kind of Blue
Roy Eldridge
Jazz Musician
30-Jan-1911 26-Feb-1989 Swing-era jazz trumpeter
Gil Evans
Jazz Musician
13-May-1912 20-Mar-1988 Jazz pianist and arranger
Ella Fitzgerald
25-Apr-1917 15-Jun-1996 The First Lady of Jazz
Dizzy Gillespie
Jazz Musician
21-Oct-1917 7-Jan-1993 Be-bop jazz trumpeter
Lionel Hampton
Jazz Musician
20-Apr-1908 31-Aug-2002 Jazz vibrophonist and bandleader
Herbie Hancock
Jazz Musician
12-Apr-1940   Innovative jazz/fusion composer and pianist
Nat Hentoff
10-Jun-1925   The Jazz Life
Billy Higgins
Jazz Musician
11-Oct-1936 3-May-2001 Leading free-jazz and bop drummer
Shirley Horn
1-May-1934 20-Oct-2005 Here's To Life
Freddie Hubbard
Jazz Musician
7-Apr-1938 29-Dec-2008 Hard-bop jazz trumpet soloist
Elvin Jones
9-Sep-1927 18-May-2004 Different Drummer
Hank Jones
Jazz Musician
31-Jul-1918 16-May-2010 Jazz Piano Luminary
Ramsey Lewis
Jazz Musician
27-May-1935   Ramsey Lewis Trio
Carmen McRae
8-Apr-1922 10-Nov-1994 Jazz vocalist
Anita O'Day
18-Oct-1919 23-Nov-2006 Feminine master of scat
Sun Ra
Jazz Musician
22-May-1914 30-May-1993 Jazz musician from Saturn
Max Roach
Jazz Musician
10-Jan-1924 16-Aug-2007 Enduring jazz drummer
Sonny Rollins
Jazz Musician
7-Sep-1930   Tenor sax master
Artie Shaw
23-May-1910 30-Dec-2004 Clarinetist, big band leader
Horace Silver
Jazz Musician
2-Sep-1928   Song For My Father
Jimmy Smith
Jazz Musician
8-Dec-1925 8-Feb-2005 Master of the Hammond B3 organ
Billy Taylor
Jazz Musician
24-Jul-1921 28-Dec-2010 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
Cecil Taylor
Jazz Musician
15-Mar-1929   Avant-garde jazz pianist
Sarah Vaughan
28-Mar-1924 3-Apr-1990 The Divine One
Joe Williams
12-Dec-1918 29-Mar-1999 Baritone jazz vocalist
Nancy Wilson
20-Feb-1937   Jazz and pop diva

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