Bent Trumpet. The Legends – Dizzy Gillespie

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Dizzy Gillespie is one of the most iconic and influential jazz musicians worldwide. Although he passed away 29 years ago, his music remains legendary as he pioneered countless jazz subgenres and became famous for his iconic ability on the well-known “bent” trumpet. It is a lasting symbol of his exceptional career, and this trumpet managed … Read more

Maurice Spears – First Call Bass Trombonist on the West Coast

Maurice Spears

Maurice Spears has played an integral role in the music business for more than four decades. Among his many accolades, his peers recognize him as a “first call” bass trombonist on the West Coast, where in the 70s and 80s he honed his skills as a studio musician and an accomplished sideman in big bands. … Read more

Steve Wilkerson – Tenor Sax Musician

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Steve Wilkerson began his professional career at age 11, in Ramona, Oklahoma, when he joined his father’s dance band. He attended the University of Tulsa and played saxophone for their jazz ensemble. He completed a bachelor’s Degree in classical clarinet and won the Downbeat Combo Award. After graduation, he toured with the Stan Kenton Orchestra … Read more

Wallace Willis – Biography & Music

Uncle Wallace Willis

Uncle Wallace Willis (sometimes Wallis Willis) was a Choctaw freedman living in the Indian Territory. He is credited with composing several Negro spirituals. Willis received his name from his owner, Britt Willis, probably in Mississippi, the ancestral home of the Choctaws. He died, probably in what is now Atoka County, Oklahoma, as his unmarked grave … Read more

Bill Maxwell – Jazz Drummer [Koinonia & Open Hands]

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Bill Maxwell was born in Oklahoma City, but now lives in Los Angeles, California. Maxwell started playing drums professionally at the age of twelve. One of his first bands included legendary blues guitarist Jesse Ed Davis. He was a member of the Third Avenue Blues Band, whose album was produced by T-Bone Burnett in 1969. … Read more

Dizzy Gillespie – Jazz Pioneer & Bebop Symbol

Dizzy Gillespie

October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993  Dizzy Gillespie was one of the principal developers of bop in the early 1940s, and his styles of improvising and trumpet playing were imitated widely in the 1940s and 1950s. Indeed, he is one of the most influential players in the history of jazz. Gillespie was the youngest … Read more

Charlie Christian – Bebop and Cool Jazz Inovator

Charlie Christian

Charles Henry “Charlie” Christian (July 29, 1916 – March 2, 1942) was an American swing and jazz guitarist Charlie Christian was an important early performer on the electric guitar and a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. He gained national exposure as a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet and Orchestra … Read more