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Yasir Agha

Yasir Agha

29.01.2011

Bob James

Published in Artist Biographies
In addition to his world-wide reputation as an arranger and conductor, pianist Bob James has become a top figure in fusion with his own successful recordings.

Born in Marshall, Missouri, on Christmas day, 1939, James learned piano from age 4. His early inspiration was classical- Hindemith, before discovering the delights of jazz through Stan Kenton, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and Oscar Peterson.

In '62, James received a degree in composition from Un …
29.01.2011

Bill Evans

Published in Artist Biographies
Mile Davis has described young saxophonist Bill Evans as "One of the greatest musicians I've ever come upon" - praise indeed from a master musician and a suitable endorsement for one of the music's most original, inventive and exciting new entrants.

Born in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, in 1958, Evans studied classical piano from age 5. By age 12, Bill put the piano studies aside in order to concentrate on the clarinet and tenor sax. By 16, he had also reached concert status as an accomplis …
29.01.2011

Art Blakey

Published in Artist Biographies
Born Pittsburgh, 1919, drummer Art Blakey remains one of the greatest jazz players and combo leaders in the history of jazz.

Blakey is known for his furious commitment, that soloists playing with him had to exert all their might to keep along with him. Generations of young players have learned their craft in Blakey's groups, left to lead their own groups, leaving him to break in another batch. Along with the drummer Max Roach, it was Blakey's contention that drums were frontline instrum …
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