Category: musician

Ike and Tina Turner performing in 1971.(Phot…

Ike and Tina Turner performing in 1971.

(Photos

by David Redfern) 

Blues guitarist Matt “Guitar” Mu…

Blues guitarist Matt “Guitar” Murphy (Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Etta James, The Blues Brothers) (born Matthew Tyler Murphy in Sunflower, MS) – December 29, 1929 – June 15, 2018, RIP

Born on this day: June 6, 1959 – Producer, son…

Born on this day: June 6, 1959 – Producer, songwriter, and musician Jimmy Jam (born James Samuel Harris III in Minneapolis, MN). Happy 59th Birthday, Jimmy Jam!!!

Miles Davis leans on his Ferrari 275 GTB in Oc…

Miles Davis leans on his Ferrari 275 GTB in October 1969.

(Photos by Baron Wolman)

Free jazz music icon Cecil Taylor (born Ceci…

Free jazz music icon Cecil Taylor (born Cecil Percival Taylor in Corona, Queens, NY) – March 25, 1929 – April 5, 2018, RIP

Actor and musician David Ogden Stiers (born …

Actor and musician David Ogden Stiers (born in Peoria, IL) – October 31, 1942 – March 3, 2018, RIP

Dizzy Gillespie with his wife Lorraine Willi…

Dizzy Gillespie with his wife Lorraine Willis in April 1952

Lorraine Willis was a chorus dancer with Edgar Hayes’s orchestra when she met Gillespie in 1937. They were married in 1940 and remained together until his death in 1993, she died in 2004. They didn’t have and children together but Gillespie had a daughter,

jazz singer Jeanie Bryson, from an extramarital

affair.

John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Paul McCartney at t…

John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Paul McCartney at the premiere of the Beatles film “Yellow Submarine” at the London Pavilion on July 17, 1968. 

John and Paul are holding apples, the symbol of their newly formed company, Apple Corps. Thousands of Beatles fans brought traffic to a standstill in Piccadilly Circus as they waited to see the group arrive at the premiere. 

Dinah Washington and her goddaughter Patti A…

Dinah Washington and her goddaughter Patti Austin

Patti Austin made her Apollo Theater debut at the age of 4 on a dare. “We went to see the Apollo to see Dinah Washington,” said Austin, who often met renowned musicians growing up through her musical father, a professional trombone player. With some precociousness, Austin ended up on stage. “Dinah dared me to sang, I sang, and I finished singing and ran off the stage. The audience liked it, and I liked that they liked it, and I ran into the arms of a guy who was on one knee in the wing.” That guy was Sammy Davis Jr., who asked her parents if she could do his show the following week, and a robust musical career was born.

Austin has released 17 solo albums and has performed with the likes of Michael Jackson and Paul Simon. She won a Grammy in 2008 for best jazz vocal for her album “Avant Gershwin.”

In an interview with Lois Reitzes, Austin discussed her relationship with her godfather Quincy Jones, Johnny Mathis and her two musical idols, Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland. Austin first saw Garland perform at age 13. Regardless of Garland’s dwindling technical ability at the time, Austin said that performance totally changed her life. “None of her technical ability matter because there was so much soul and so much heart and so much skill. And I had never seen someone perform that way,” said Austin. “She had to act her way through stuff, and she was brilliant at it.”

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Bob Dylan photographed by John Launois, 1964. …

Bob Dylan photographed by John Launois, 1964.