This Day In Music: February 27
February 26 ~ Birthdays/All ~ February 28
 
February 27, 2022 ~ Alphonso Bondzie, commonly known as drum and bass, jungle, breakbeat, hip-hop MC, DJ MC Skibadee, passed away ~ Active since the mid-1990s. Perhaps best known for his late 1990's release Inside Me. Has collaborated with the likes of Stevie Hyper D, MC Shabba D and Dillinja ~ Bondzie was born in 1975
 
February 27, 2021 ~ DJ, remixer Angel Moraes passed away ~ Resident DJ at various New York nightclubs during the 1980s, notably Paradise Garage. Best known for releases such as Release Yourself, Heaven Knows and Burnin' Up. Has remixed tracks for Pet Shop Boys, kd Lang, Jaydee, Funky Green Dogs, and others ~ Moraes was born in 1965
 
February 27, 2019 ~ Drummer Doug Sandom passed away ~ The first drummer of the Who. At the time Sandom was in his thirties while the other members were in their late teens. Sandom was fired after an audition at Fontana Records where the label's producer Chris Parmeinter expressed a dislike for Sandom's drumming. Within a month drummer Keith Moon took over. Sandom does not appear on any Who recordings ~ Sandom was born in 1930
 
February 27, 2016 ~ Baritone Francisco Kraus Trujillo passed away ~ Starred in operas such as Lucia Di Lammermoor, Faust, La Traviata. Also known as a zarzuela singer touring Spain from the early 1960s onwards ~ Trujillo was born in 1926
 
February 27, 2013 ~ R&B singer Richard Street, full name Richard Allen Street, passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ~ Member of the Distants. Member of the Monitors. Best known as lead singer of the Temptations from 1971, taking over for Vernard Plain through 1993. First appearing on the Solid Rock released in 1972 ~ Street was born in 1942
February 27, 2013 ~ Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr, commonly known as classical pianist Van Cliburn, passed away in Fort Worth, Texas, USA ~ Child prodigy. Became a household name after winning the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 ~ Cliburn was born in 1934
 
February 27, 2012 ~ Classical composer Hans Werner Henze passed away in Dresden, Germany ~ Incorporated neoclassicism, jazz, atonal techniques, serialism and rock and pop influences. Controversial for his left-leaning political views. As a composer known for symphonies, choral and orchestral works and operas, notably Ninth Symphony, The English Cat and Das Verratene Meer ~ Henze was born in 1926
 
February 27, 2011 ~ Electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Eddie Kirkland passed away in Crystal Rivers, Florida, USA ~ Influenced by Blind Blake. Worked with John Lee Hooker, Syd Nathan, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, David Honeyboy Edwards, Foghat, Gregg Hoover, James Thacker, Darren Thiboutot, and others ~ Kirkland was born in 1923
 
February 27, 2010 ~ Latin rock organist Bobby Espinosa passed away in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Key figure of the Los Angeles Latin rock scene from the late 1960s through the 2000s, known for his percussive apporach to the Hammond organ. Founding member of El Chicano, drawing from rock, funk, soul, blues, jazz, salsa and best known for early 1970s singles such as Viva Tirado Part I, Brown Eyed Girl and Tell Her She's Lovely ~ Espinosa was born in 1949
February 27, 2010 ~ Cellist, conductor Jonathan May, full name Jonathan Paul May, passed away in Winter Park, Florida, USA ~ Best known for conducting, and founding, several youth orchestras in Floria. Artistic director of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, which under his guidance grew from a few dozen to over 200 members. Also closely associated with the Daytona Beach Youth Orchestra, the Florida Young Artists Orchestra, and others. Married to cellist Maureen May, with whom he has four children ~ May was born in 1958
February 27, 2010 ~ Singer, songwriter Larry Cassidy passed away ~ Formed and fronted the Blackpool outfit Section 25, which also featured his brother drummer Vin Casidy and guitarist Paul Wiggin. The band would go on to work with producers such as Joy Division's singer Ian Curtis, Rob Gretton, Martin Hannett, and New Order's Bernard Sumner ~ Cassidy was born in 1953
 
February 27, 2007 ~ Jazz, swing, big band drummer Bobby Rosengarden, full name Robert Marshall Rosengarden, passed away in Saratosa, Florida, USA ~ Session and studio musician at NBC and ABC playing for a variety of TV shows. Member of a number of all-star ensembles, perhaps mosty notably the Soprano Summit. Sideman on recordings by Stan Getz, Jimmy Smith, Sylvia Syms, Milt Hinton, Bob Wilber, Walter Wanderley, Kai Winding, and others ~ Rosengarden was born in 1924
 
February 27, 2006 ~ Conductor, violinist, violist Milton Katims passed away in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Member of the NBC Symphony Orchestra from the mid-1940s through the mid-1950s, developing a special relationship with conductor Arturo Toscanini. Best known as music director of the Seattle Symphony for over two decades starting in 1954. Has also conducted renowned orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and others ~ Katims was born in 1909
 
February 27, 1999 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Horace Tapscott passed away ~ Leader and sideman. Formed the the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. Has worked with Frank Morgan, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins as a teenager. Went on to play with artists including Arthur Blythe, Stanley Crouch, Butch Morris, Wilber Morris, David Murray, Jimmy Woods, Nate Morgan, Guido Sinclair, Lou Blackburn, and others ~ Tapscott was born in 1935
 
February 27, 1993 ~ Singer Marlena Davis born ~ Member of the Orlons, known for early-1960s hits such as The Wah-watusi, Don't Hang Up, South Street, and Not Me ~ Davis was born in 1944
 
February 27, 1990 ~ Bandleader, composer, singer, double-bassist Arthur Osterwal passed away in Stockholm, Sweden ~ First appeared in his brother's, Seymour Osterwall, orchestra. Formed his own ensemble in 1944 ~ Osterwall was born in 1910
 
February 27, 1989 ~ Fiddler Sam Sweeney born in Nottingham, UK ~ Worked with Kerfuffle, Hannah James, Bellowhead, Fay Hield, Cirus Envy, Sam Carter, Rachael McShane, Louise Jordan, Charlie Barker, and others
 
February 27, 1985 ~ Henry Pitts Brown, commonly known as jazz, blues, jump blues singer, drummer, bandleader Ray Ellington, passed away ~ Best known for his regular appearances on the British radio show The Goon Show during most of the 1950s. Heavily influenced by Louis Jordan. Remembered for his 1962 UK hit The Madison ~ Brown was born in 1916
 
February 27, 1981 ~ Pop, dance-pop singer Evi Goffin born in Antwerp, Belgium ~ Member of Belgian dance-act Lasgo through 2008, present on the UK top 10 hits Something and Alone
February 27, 1981 ~ Jazz bassist Ike Isaacs passed away ~ Not to be confused with guitarist Ike Isaacs. Played trumpet as a child before switching to bass. Active since the late-1940s. Worked with Tiny Grimes, Earl Bostic, Paul Quinichette, Bennie Green, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Count Basie, Gloria Lynne, Erroll Garner, Ray Bryant, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Harry Sweets Edison, Bennie Green, Al Grey, and others. He also accompanied Carmen McRae, whom he later married ~ Isaacs was born in 1923
 
February 27, 1980 ~ Bobby Marcel Wilson, commonly known as R&B, hip-hop singer, rapper, songwriter Bobby V, born in Mississippi, USA ~ Best known for songs such as the Tim & Bob-produced Slow Down and the Timbaland-produced Anonymous. Member of Mista. Also worked with Cyhi the Prynce, Lil' Scrappy, Lil' Wayne, and others
 
February 27, 1979 ~ Fernando Mangual, commonly known as reggaeton singer Dálmata, born in Puerto Rico ~ Half of Nejo & Dálmata, the other half being Nejo
 
February 27, 1978 ~ Folk singer, banjoist, guitarist Frank Warner passed away in Long Island, New York, USA ~ Folklorist, song collector known to have preserved and recorded some 1,000 traditional folk songs with his wife Anne Warner, including Tom Dooley, He's Got The Whole World In His Hands and Days Of Forty-nine ~ Warner was born in 1903
February 27, 1978 ~ Christian pop, rock singer, guitarist, pianist, songwriter Glenn Packiam, full name Glenn Previn Packiam, born in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia ~ Merges contemporary worship music with pop. Released his Rumors And Revelations debut album in 2009 and has recorded sporadically since. Best known as an author and pastor for the New Life Worship Church
 
February 27, 1974 ~ Jazz pianist, composer Alexi Tuomarila born in Pori, Finland ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Nicolas Kummert, Mats Eilertsen, Olavi Louhivuori, Tomasz Stańko, Eero Koivistoinen, Tolonen, and others
February 27, 1974 ~ Jason Rawls, commonly known as DJ, producer, rapper J Rawls, born in Columbus, Ohio, USA ~ Worked with Black Star, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Doseone, Domo Genesis, Capital Steez, the Beastie Boys, Slum Village, Diamond D, John Robinson, El da Sensei, Sadat X, Count Bass D, Grand Agent, 9th Wonder, J-Live, US3, Aloe Blacc, Eric Roberson, Dudley Perkins, B Jazz, Rob Riley, Eddie Bayard, Charles Cooper, Themselves, Rasco, Mhz Legacy, and others
 
February 27, 1973 ~ Singer, guitarist, bassist Kyp Malone, full name David Kyp Joel Malone, born ~ Perhaps best known as member of TV On The Radio since 2003, known for songs such as New Health Rock, Wolf Like Me, and Dancing Choose. Also a member of Iran, Ice Balloons, released his 2009 Rain Machine solo album under the moniker Rain Machine, and guested on Tinariwen's 2011 Tassil
February 27, 1973 ~ Peter James Andrea, commonly known as singer, songwriter, TV personality Peter Andre, born in London, UK ~ Debuted in 1993 with the eponymous Peter Andre album. Best known for songs such as Mysterious Girl featuring Bubbler Ranx, Flava, I Feel You
 
February 27, 1972 ~ Robbert Ellsworth Patrick Aloysius O'Brady, commonly known as guitarist, keyboardist Pat Brady, passed away in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, USA ~ Member of the Sons Of The Pioneers. Best known as comical sidekick of Roy Rogers in numerous films, radio and television shows ~ O'Brady was born in 1914
 
February 27, 1971 ~ Singer, actress Monica Salmaso born in São Paulo, Brazil ~ Debuted as a solo artist in 1995 with the album Afro Sambas, teaming up with producer, guitarist Paulo Bellinati. Has also worked with Rodolfo Stroeter, Nana Vasconcelos, Toninho Ferragutti, Marcos Suzano, Benjamin Taubkin, Nailor Azevedo, her husband Teco Cardoso, Nelson Ayres, and others
February 27, 1971 ~ Singer, dancer, actress, model, songwriter Rozonda Thomas, full name Rozonda Ocielian Thomas, born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ One third of 1990s chartbusters TLC, alongside Lisa Left-Eye Lopes and Tionne T-Boz Watkins, known for hits such as Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg, What About Your Friends, Creep, Waterfalls and No Scrubs. Joined the band in 1991 as a replacement for original member Crystal Jones. Nicknamed “Chilli” so the band could keep the “TLC” acronym. Following the death of Lopes she has ocassionaly performed with Watkins as a duo but is best known as an actress. Has been romantically involved with singer Usher and with producer Dallas Austin with whom she has a son born in 1997
 
February 27, 1970 ~ Jazz singer, composer Lina Nyberg born in Stockholm, Sweden ~ Married to clarinetist, saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist. Over a dozen albums to her name, drawing from Latin jazz, free jazz, classical, show tunes and traditional jazz. Especially acclaimed for her 1994 Close With Esbjorn Svensson album and her 2011 Palaver album
 
February 27, 1968 ~ Singer Frankie Lymon, full name Frankin Joseph Lymon, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ Fronted teenage doo-wop outfit the Teenagers, best known for their 1956 smash hit Why Do Fools Fall In Love. Other hits included I Want You To Be My Girl, I Promise To Remember, Who Can Explain, Out In The Cold Again, The ABC's Of Love, I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent. Lymon left the band in 1957, after which both the band's and Lymon's solo appeal quickly faded ~ Lymon was born in 1942
 
February 27, 1967 ~ Vocal duo Simon & Garfunkel record At The Zoo ~ Written by Paul Simon for the soundtrack of The Graduate, specifically the scene which takes place at the San Francisco zoo. Not used in the film though. Produced by Bob Johnston and Simon & Garfunkel. Released the following February as a single, paired with 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) on the flipside. Used in late 1970s ads for the Bronx zoo, the Oregon zoo and the San Francisco zoo
 
February 27, 1966 ~ Singer, guitarist Alan Cavé, full name Georges Alan Cavé, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Fronted compas group Zin, merging ballads with kompa grooves. The band has remained popular for over two decades, releasing their O Pa debut album in 1989. Has also recorded as a solo artist, starting with the album Se Pa Pou Dat in 2001. Cavé has also worked with artists such as Malavoi, Mario DeVolcy, Tanya Saint-Val, Haddy Njie, Roy Shirley, and others
 
February 27, 1965 ~ Jazz pianist Joey Calderazzo, full name Joseph Dominick Calderazzo, born in New Rochelle, New York, USA ~ Brother of drummer Gene Calderazzo. Had his solo debut album, 1990's In The Door, produced by Michael Brecker. Has also worked with Branford Marsalis, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Buckshot Lefonque, the Branford Marsalis Quartet, John Patitucci, Jeff Tain-Watts, Peter Erskine, Adam Nussbaum, Jay Anderson, Jeff Hirshfield, Sylvain Gagnon, Romero Lubambo, Claudia Acuna, Orlando le Fleming, Adam Cruz, Hakan Boström, Kurt Elling, and others
 
February 27, 1964 ~ British pop, rock group the Beatles record If I Fell at EMI Studios, London, UK ~ Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the former commenting later it was his first attempt at a ballad proper. Produced by George Martin. Written for use in the A Hard Day's Night. Also used as the B-side to And I Love Her
February 27, 1964 ~ Pop, jazz singer, bassist Ewen Vernal born in Glasgow, UK ~ Member of Deacon Blue from 1986 through 1994. Member of Capercaillie. Has also worked with Fish, Kate Rusby, Hue & Cry, Lou Reed, Michael Brecker, Chris Rea, and others
 
February 27, 1961 ~ Guitarist, singer, producer, songwriter Kevin Bowe born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA ~ Fronted the Dads, Summer Of Love, and the Revelators. Fronts roots rock outfit the Okemah Prophets. Especially known for his association with Paul Westerberg and the Replacements. Co-wrote several songs for Let's Roll album which won Etta James a Grammy. As a songwriter his work has also been recorded by Joe Cocker, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robben Ford, John Mayall, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Little Steven, Three Dog Night, Tommy Castro, the Warren Brothers, John Brannen, Ana Popovic, and others
 
February 27, 1960 ~ Southern rock, country singer Johnny Van Zant born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA ~ Brother of Ronnie Van Zant and Donnie Van Zant. Formed Van Zant with the latter, best known for their 1985 eponymous Van Zant and its 1998 follow-up Brother To Brother. Serves as lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd since 1987. Released his solo debut album, Brickyard Road, in 1990
February 27, 1960 ~ Keyboardist Paul Humphreys born in London, UK ~ Co-founding member of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, remaining with the band from its inception in 1978 until 1989. Sang lead on songs such as Electricity, Never Turn Away and (Forever) Live & Die. Fronted the Listening Pool from 1989 through 1996. Formed the duo Onetwo with Propaganda-singer Claudia Brucken from 2000 to 2013
 
February 27, 1958 ~ Singer Nancy Spungen, full name Nancy Laura Spungen, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Known for her tumultuous romance with the Sex Pistols-singer Sid Vicious. Found stabbed to death in the couple's Chelsea Hotel hotel room in New York. Vicious would be arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Released on bail Vicious passed away four months later of a heroin overdose awaiting trial ~ Spungen passed away in 1978
 
February 27, 1957 ~ Hard rock, heavy metal guitarist Adrian Smith, full name Adrian Frederick Smith, born in London, UK ~ Best known as member of Iron Maiden, joining the band in 1980 as replacement for Dennis Stratton and remaining for about a decade. Has also worked with ASAP, Psycho Motel, Primal Rock Rebellion, and others
 
February 27, 1954 ~ Guitarist Neal Schon born in San Mateo, California, USA ~ Member of Santana in the early 1970s, present on the 1971 album Santana III and its 1972 follow-up Caravanserai. Co-founding and sole constant member of Journey, known for the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits Who's Crying Now, Don't Stop Believin', Open Arms, Separate Ways (World's Apart), Only The Young, and Be Good To Yourself. Has also worked with Azteca, Jan Hammer, Bad English, Hardline, and guested on recordings by Sammy Hagar, Joe Cocker, Michael Bolton, Carmine Appice, Beth Hart, Lee Ritenour, Jason Becker, and others
 
February 27, 1952 ~ Keyboardist, singer Kevin Raleigh born ~ Best known as a member of the Michael Stanley Band from 1978, first appearing on the Greatest Hints, remaining with the band until its disbandement in 1987. Present on some of the band's best-known including Someone Like You, When I'm Holding You Tight and He Can't Love You. Also released solo recordings and worked with the Pictures, Jim Bonfanti, Neil Giraldo, and others
 
February 27, 1951 ~ Steohen Malcolm Ronald Nice, commonly known as pop, rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Steve Harley born in London, UK ~ Lead singer, frontman of 1970s outfit Cockney Rebel, known for songs such as Sebastian as Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
 
February 27, 1947 ~ Guitarist Eddie Gray born in Dayton, Ohio, USA ~ Latter-day member of Tommy James pop outfit the Shondells, joining the band in 1972 as replacement for Joseph Kessler
February 27, 1947 ~ Classical violinist Gidon Kremer born in Riga, Latvian SSR ~ Has performed works by Astor Piazzolla, Alban Berg, Béla Bartók, Philip Glass, and others. Has worked with Thomas Schippers, the Berlin Philharmonic, Mikhail Pletnev, Yo-Yo Ma, and others. Founder and music director of the Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, composed of young players from the Baltic region
February 27, 1947 ~ Folk singer, guitarist Isaac Guillory born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ~ Member of the Cryan Shames. Studied classical guitar and would incorporate quasi-classical playing into his folk songs. Released his eponymous solo debut album Isaac Guillory in 1974. Has worked with Al Stewart, Donovan, Mick Jagger, Elkie Brooks, Peter Sarstedt, Buggles, Barbara Dickson, Nick Heyward, and others ~ Guillory passed away in 2000
February 27, 1947 ~ Keyboardist, arranger, conductor Louis Clark born ~ To pop audiences best known for his association with the Electric Light Orchestra, starting on the band's 1974 Eldorado album. Also present on subsequent albums such as A New World Record, Face The Music and Out Of The Blue conducting and assisting Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy in writing arrangements. Has also worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Pops Orchestra, Roy Orbison, Ozzy Osbourne, Roy Wood, Kiki Dee, Mike Berry, Renaissance, and others ~ Clark passed away in 2021
 
February 27, 1944 ~ Paul Bradley Couling, commonly known as pop singer Mal Ryder, born in Lianfrechfa, UK ~ Fronted late 1960s band Mal & the Primitives, reaching popularity in Italy. The band also included Robbie McIntosh of future the Average White Band fame
 
February 27, 1942 ~ Harpsichordist Blandine Verlet born in Paris, France ~ Widely praised as an interpretor of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and François Couperin ~ Verlet passed away in 2018
 
February 27, 1940 ~ Jazz, pop drummer Harold Jones born in Richmond, Indiana, USA ~ Best known for his associations with Tony Bennett and Count Basie. Has also worked with Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, BB King, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Natalie Cole, Bunky Green, Red Callender, Marlena Shaw, Benny Carter, Marian McPartland, Gene Harris, Bruce Broughton, Elvin Bishop, João Gilberto, and others
February 27, 1940 ~ Composer, conductor Les Hooper born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA ~ Best known as a composer for film and TV, notably winning an Emmy Award for his work on the NBC series Newperformers. Draws from classical, pop, blues and jazz
 
February 27, 1938 ~ John Philip Thackray, commonly known as singer, guitarist, songwriter Jake Thackray born in Monmouth, UK ~ Hard to categorise storyteller known for a number of late 1960s, early 1970s recordings. Drew comparisons to Noël Coward, a comparison he resisted but acknowledged. Influenced by chansoniers such as Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Charles Trenet, and songwriters such as Randy Newman. Admired by later singers such as Jarvis Cocker, Morrissey and Alex Turner ~ Thackray passed away in 2002
February 27, 1938 ~ Rockabilly, rock & roll saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist William Martin Willis, full name William Martin Willis Jr, born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA ~ Revered sideman, composer and arranger. Session musician for Sun Records. Worked with artists such as Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Lee Riley, Eddie Cash, Johnny Bernero, Narvel Felts, Roland Janes, Barbara Pittman, Bill Black's Combo, and others ~ Willis passed away in 2018
 
February 27, 1936 ~ Country singer Chuck Glaser born ~ Member of sibling outfit Glaser Brothers, known for songs such as California Girl And The Tennessee Square, Rings and Ain't It All Worth Living For ~ Glaser passed away in 2019
 
February 27, 1929 ~ Jazz pianist Betty Loo Taylor born ~ Dubbed Hawaii's “First Lady of Jazz” best known for her regular performances at the Trappers club alongside longtime musical partner Jimmy Borges in the 1970s and 1980s and the Kahala Hotel & Resort during the 1990s and 2000s ~ Taylor passed away in 2016
 
February 27, 1928 ~ Jazz clarinetist, bandleader Maxim Saury born in Enghien-les-Bains, France ~ Worked with Christian Azzi, Claude Bolling, Jean-Claude Naud, BArney Brigard, Emmett Berry, and others ~ Saury passed away in 2012
February 27, 1928 ~ Raymond Eustis Montrell, commonly known as R&B guitarist Roy Montrell, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ In-demand session musician, perhaps most notably for Little Richard (Lucille) and for Fats Domino. First recorded and co-wrote Everytime I Hear That Mellow Saxophone, later covered by numerous artists including the Stray Cats ~ Montrell passed away in 1979
 
February 27, 1927 ~ Singer Joe Carter, full name Joseph Dougherty Carter, born in Maces Spring, Virginia, USA ~ Member of the Carter Family. Son of AP Carter and Sara Carter ~ Carter passed away in 2005
 
February 27, 1923 ~ Charles Jagelka, commonly known as jazz, cool jazz, swing guitarist Chuck Wayne, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Worked with Woody Herman, George Shearing, Tony Bennett, Coleman Hawkins, Red Norvo, Joe Bushkin, Warren Chiasson, Gil Evans, Dick Katz, Beverly Kenney, Hank Jones, Clifford Jordan, Rolf Kühn, Duke Jordan, John Mehegan, Marian Montgomery, Jimmy Raney, George Wallington, Frank Wess, and others ~ Wayne passed away in 1997
February 27, 1923 ~ Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Considered one of the most influential early bebop artists. Leader and sideman. Known for his humurous and communicative stage presence. Worked with Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, Russell Jacquet, Benny Carter, Ben Webster, Ralph Burns, Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Gerry Mulligan, Wynonie Harris, Leo Parker, Tadd Dameron, Onzy Matthews, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Parlan, Kenny Drew, George Tucker, Philly Joe Jones, Bud Powell, Bobby Hutcherson, Horace Parlan, Gene Ammons, Jodie Christian, Cleveland Eaton, Woody Shaw, Stafford James, and others ~ Gordon passed away in 1990
 
February 27, 1922 ~ John Joseph Kelson Jr, commonly known as saxophonist, flutist Jackie Kelso, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Worked with Jerome Myart, Chico Hamilton, Buddy Collette, Charles Mingus, Barney Bigard, Marshal Royal, Lucky Thompson, Kid Ory, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Roy Milton, Marshal Royal, Ernie Royal, Johnny Otis, Billy Vaughn, Nelson Riddle, Bill Berry, Ray Anthony, the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut Band, Bob Crosby, CL Burke, Duke Ellington, Gene Vincent (including on Say Mama, She She Little Sheila, and Ac-centu-ate he Positive), Mercer Ellington, David Axelrod, José Feliciano, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Rivers, Arthur Adams, Cannonball Adderley, Barbi Benton, Blackbyrds, Bobby Blue Bland, Brian Cadd, Mink DeVille, Yvonne Elliman, the Carpenters, Cliff Deyoung, Alice Coltrane, Patti Dahlstrom, Friends Of Distinction, Jerry Garcia, Albert Hammond, Gene Harris, Hampton Hawes, the Hues Corporation, the Imperials, Jack Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Eloise Laws, Quincy Jones, the Manhattan Transfer, Ted Neeley, Wayne Newton, Nielsen Pearson, Nigel Olsson, Michael Omartian, Shuggie Otis, the Partridge Family, Plimsouls, Pratt & McClain, John Prine, Gene Redding, the Righteous Brothers, Tom Snow, Steely Dan, Gerald Wilson, the Ventures, Rhythm Heritage, Randy Sharp, Neil Sedaka, PF Sloan, Zulema, and others ~ kelson passed away in 2012
 
February 27, 1920 ~ Swwing clarinetist, saxophonist Abe Most, full name Abraham Most, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Worked with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, his brother Sam Most, Tommy Dorsey, Earth Wind & Fire, Ted Gärdestad, Dick Haymes, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Dory Previn, Les Brown, Dominic Frontiere, Henry Mancini, Van Alexander, Laurindo Almeida, Cher, Ray Conniff, Craig Doerge, the Dorsey Brothers, BB King, Peggy Lee, Jakob Magnusson, Johnny Mandel, Freddy Martin, Carmen McRae, Liza Minnelli, Maria Muldaur, Lyle Murphy, Dave Pell, George Shearing, Paul Smith, John Williams, and others ~ Most passed away in 2002
 
February 27, 1917 ~ Singer, TV personality George Mitchell born in Falkirk, UK ~ Best known as thriving force behind The Black & White Minstrel Show, a weekly variety show that aired on BBC for about twenty years starting in 1958 ~ Mitchell passed away in 2002
 
February 27, 1907 ~ Mildred Eleanor Rinker, commonly known as singer Mildred Bailey born in Tekoa, Washington, USA ~ Sister of Al Rinker. Married to Red Norvo, with whom she also worked, from 1933 to 1942. Dubbed “the Queen of Swing” and known for songs such as For Sentimental Reasons, It's So Peaceful In The Country, Doin' The Uptown Lowdown, Trust In Me, Where Are You, I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart, Small Fry, Please Be Kind, Darn That Dream, Rockin' Chair, Blame It On My Last Affair, Says My Heart, and others. Has worked with the Three Ickkies, Bing Crosby, the Rhythm Boys, Paul Whiteman, Eddie Lang, the Dorsey Brothers, Benny Goodman, Joe Marsala, and others ~ Bailey passed away in 1951
 
February 27, 1898 ~ Jazz singer, trombonist, drummer Leo Watson born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA ~ Best known as member of Spirits Of Rhythm. Also worked with Gene Krupa, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Mundy, and others ~ Watson passed away in 1950
 
February 27, 1897 ~ Singer Marian Anderson born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Leading concert singer with a repertoire ranging from classical and opera to spirituals. Important figure in overcoming racial prejudice in mid-20th century America. First African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. ~ Anderson passed away in 1993
 
February 27, 1890 ~ Bandleader, cornetist Freddie Keppard born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA ~ Brother of jazz guitarist Louis Keppard. Founded the Olympia Orchestra in the early 1900s, a band that also featured Alphonse Picou. Has also worked with Frankie Duson, the Original Creole Band, Doc Cook's Dreamland Orchestra, Jimmie Noone, Johnny Dodds, Erskine Tate, Lil' Armstrong, John Wyycliffe ~ Keppard passed away ion 1933
 
February 27, 1887 ~ Composer Alexander Borodin passed away ~ Romantic era composer known for his symphonies, string quartets and perhaps best known for his opera Prince Igor ~ Borodin was born in 1833