Category Musicians

Ornette Coleman (1930-2015) by Rebecca DeBiase and Ali Hussain

  Background Information Ornette Coleman was born on March 9, 1930, in Fort Worth, Texas and died on June 11, 2015, in New York, New York. He was an American composer and jazz saxophonist that was a large influence on… Continue Reading →

John Cage

John Cage Background John Milton Cage, Jr. was both a significant musical and cultural influence in New York City in the post-World War II era.  As a composer, he played an important role in shaping the music of the time…. Continue Reading →

Leonard Bernstein by Rebecca DeBiase

Background Information      Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25th, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts and died on October 14th, 1990 when he was 72 years old from emphysema. He was a conductor and composer originally named Louis Bernstein, but… Continue Reading →

Charlie Parker by Talita-Elena Vuvunikyan and Alan Glikman

Early Life Charlie Parker was born on August 29,1920 in Kansas City, Kansas, to Charles and Addie Parker. As he was the only child, him and his parents moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1927, when he was only seven… Continue Reading →

Ella Fitzgerald

Background Information Ella Fitzgerald, also known as the First Lady of Song or Queen of Jazz, was born in Newport News, Virginia on April 25, 1917. She started her childhood with difficulties since her father left her as soon as… Continue Reading →

Billie Holiday (1915-1959) by Robert Godberson and Ingrid Gendler

Overview Born as Eleanora Fagan, Billie Holiday was one of America’s most iconic and beloved female jazz musicians and singers of the early 20th century. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by a friend and partner in the music business, Lester Young, Holiday… Continue Reading →

Duke Ellington by Kyle Arnold

  Early Life Edward Kennedy (“Duke”) Ellington was born April 29, 1899, in Washington, D.C. He was raised by two musically talented parents and lived a comfortable, middle-class life. Ellington first started playing the piano at the age of seven… Continue Reading →

About George Gershwin Pt. 2 (Influence & Impact) by Hugh Shin

Influences on other Historical Prominent Composers      Many American composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and William Bolcom who were direct successors of Gershwin were interestingly revolved around classical composition and performance, which brings up the debate about… Continue Reading →

About George Gershwin Pt. 1

Early Life and Career (1898-1928) George Gershwin was born on September 26th, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York.  He was the second son of two Russian immigrants: Morris and Rose Gershovitz.  Gershwin was a troublesome child who often skipped school, but he… Continue Reading →

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