This Day In Music: March 11
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March 11, 2022 ~ Country singer, songwriter Brad Martin passed away ~ Known best for Before I Knew Better, a Billboard Country top 20 hit of his 2002 The Wings Of A Honky-Tonk Angel debut album acclaimed for its neotraditionalist sound ~ Martin was born in 1973
March 11, 2022 ~ R&B, soul singer, keyboardist, songwriter Timmy Thomas passed away ~ Best known for the self-penned Why Can't We Live Together, which topped the Billboard R&B charts in 1972 and reached top 10 on the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The song would be covered by a wide array of artists including Tinga Stewart, Sade, Joan Osborne, Maria Muldaur, Lucky Peterson, Ronnie Earl, and others. Thomas would record well throughout the 1980s, songs such People Are Changin', What Can I Tell Her and Gotta Give A Little Love (Ten Years After) all reaching top 30 on the Billboard R&B charts ~ Thomas was born in 1944
March 11, 2021 ~ Rock & roll, rockabilly double-bassist Ray Campi, full name Raymond Charles Campi, passed away ~ Active since the mid-1950s. Resurged in the early 1970s. Best known for songs such as Caterpillar, You Gambled Me, and for The Ballad Of Donna And Peggy Sue. Has toured extensively, especially throughout Europe. Worked with Mae West, Rosie Flores, Bobby Fats Mizell, Ian Whitcomb, Kevin Fennell, Rip Masters, and others ~ Campi was born in 1934
March 11, 2019 ~ Guitarist Danny Kustow, full name Alexander Daniel Kustow, passed away in Bath, UK ~ Influenced by Alexis Korner. Best known as member of the Tom Robinson Band. Also worked with the Spectres, the Planets, and Time UK. Tried out for Generation X but was rejected ~ Kustow was born in 1955
March 11, 2019 ~ Harold Simon Belsky, commonly known as drummer Hal Blaine, passed away in Palm Desert, California, USA ~ One of the most recorded drummers in history, appearing on over an estimated 35,000 recordings and well over 150 Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits including He's A Rebel (the Crystals), I Get Around (the Beach Boys), Mr Tambourine Man (the Byrds), I Got You Babe (Sonny & Cher), These Boots Are Made For Walkin' (Nancy Sinatra), Strangers In The Night (Frank Sinatra), Mrs Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel), (They Long To Be) Close To You (the Carpenters), Cracklin' Rosie (Neil Diamond), Annie's Song (John Denver), Love Will Keep Us Together (Captain & Tennille), and Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To) (Diana Ross) ~ Blaine was born in 1929
March 11, 2017 ~ Folk, Nueva Cancion singer, songwriter Angel Parra, full name Luis Angel Cereceda Parra, passed away in Paris, France ~ Son of singer Violeta Parra, brother of singer Isabel Parra, father of guitarist Angel Parra Jr. Leading figure in Nueva Cancion genre ~ Parra was born in 1943
March 11, 2017 ~ Singer, manager Don Warden passed away ~ Managed Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton ~ Warden was born in 1929
March 11, 2016 ~ Marie Anne Lambert, commonly known as mezzo-soprano Deva Dassy, passed away in Mounes, France ~ Opera, operette singer active from the 1930s through the 1960s ~ Lambert was born in 1911
March 11, 2016 ~ Drummer Joe Ascione passed away ~ Worked with a wide array of musicians including Cab Calloway, Donald Fagen, Della Reese, David Grisman, George Coleman, Al Hirt, Dr John, Phoebe Snow, Joey DeFrancesco, Frank Vignola, and Herb Ellis ~ Ascione was born in 1961
March 11, 2016 ~ Keyboardist Keith Emerson, full name Keith Noel Emerson, passed away in Santa Monica, California, USA ~ Considered one of the most important British rock keyboardists and a key figure in progressive rock. First gained attention in the late 1960s as co-founding member of the Nice, blending rock, jazz and classical music. Departed the band in 1970 to form Emerson Lake & Palmer, one of the first progressive rock supergroups. The band is best known for the pivotal Emerson Lake & Palmer 1970 debut album and Brain Salad Surgery released in 1973. Following the band's initial disbandement by the end of the decade Emerson has recorded as a solo artist and composed over half a dozen soundtracks, notably Nighthawks released in 1981 ~ Emerson was born in 1944
March 11, 2016 ~ Producer, festival organizer Louis Meyers passed away ~ Co-founder of South By Southwest festival ~ Meyers was born in 1955
March 11, 2016 ~ Ruth Mae McMahon, commonly known as singer, actress Ruth Terry, passed away in Rancho Mirage, California, USA ~ Sang with both Paul Ash and Clyde McCoy in her early teens. Best known as an actress, singer in musical westerns alongside the likes of Gene Autry (Call Of The Canyon), Robert Livingston (Pistol Packing Mamas) and Roy Rogers (The Heart Of The Golden Wesst) ~ McMahon was born in 1920
March 11, 2016 ~ Shawn Elliott Santiago, commonly known as singer, actor Shawn Elliott, passed away in New York, New York, USA ~ As a singer best known for his Sir Lancelot-cover Shame And Scandal In The Family, a hit across Europe in 1965 ~ Santiago was born ca.1937
March 11, 2015 ~ Keyboardist, singer Jimmy Greenspoon, full name James Boyd Greenspoon, passed away in North Potomac, Maryland, USA ~ Member of surf outfit the New Dimensions. Co-founding member of Three Dog Night, known for 1970s Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hits such as One, Easy To Be Hard, Eli's Coming, Mama Told Me Not To Come, Joy To The World, Liar, An Old Fashioned Love Song, Never Been To Spain, Black & White, Shambala, and The Show Must Go On. Greenspoon has also worked with artists such as Linda Ronstadt, America, the Beach Boys, Nils Lofgren, Stephen Stills, Steve Cropper, Leon Russell, the East Side Kids, and others ~ Greenspoon was born in 1948
March 11, 2012 ~ Jazz pianist, organist Leon Spencer passed away ~ Worked with David Newman, Melvin Sparks, Buddy Caldwell, Idris Muhammad, Melvin Sparks, Grover Washington Jr, Rusty Bryant, Karl Denson, Lou Donaldson, Wilbert Longmire, and with Sonny Stitt ~ Spencer was born in 1945
March 11, 2009 ~ Flautist Frances Blaisdell passed away ~ Widely recognized as one of the first female professional flautists. The first woman to appear as a soloist and wind player with the New York Philharmonic ~ Blaisdell was born in 1912
March 11, 2009 ~ Vibraphonist Lars Estrand passed away ~ Started on piano, switched to vibraphone after hearing Lionel Hampton. Worked with Ove Lind, the Swedish Swing Society, Antti Sarpilla, Alice Babs, Svend Asmussen, Arne Domnerus, Bob Wilber, Scott Hamilton, and others ~ Erstrand was born in 1936
March 11, 2004 ~ Percussionist, singer Edmund Theodore Sylvers passed away ~ Member of popular 1970s sibling R&B outfit the Sylvers, known for songs such as Fools Paradise, Fever and Hot Line
March 11, 1998 ~ Saxophonist Basil Coetzee passed away ~ Actively recording as a leader and sideman from the early 1960s up to his death in the late 1990s. Best known for his association with Abdullah Ibrahim ~ Coetzee was born in 1944
March 11, 1997 ~ Jazz pianist Hugh Lawson passed away in White Plains, New York, USA ~ Influenced by Bud Powell, Hampton Hawes, and Bill Evans. Leader and sideman. Best known for his association with Yusef Lateef. Also worked with Harry Sweets Edison, Roy Brooks, Stanley Cowell, Harold Mabern, Charles Mingus, Charlie Rouse, George Adams, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Doug Watkins, and others ~ Lawson was born in 1935
March 11, 1996 ~ Blues, rock, southern rock singer, guitarist, songwriter Marcus King born in Greenville, South Carolina, USA ~ Influenced by Duane Allman, BB King, Albert King, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard. Best known as frontman and eponym of the Marcus King Band, debuting in 2015 with the Soul Insight album
March 11, 1995 ~ Alexandra Artourovna Yatchenko, commonly known as singer, songwriter Sasha Sloan, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA ~ First gained attention as featured singer on Kaskade's 2015 Phoenix single. Wrote for artists such as Idina Menzel, Maggie Lindemann, Camila Cabello, Kygo. Released her full-length debut album, Only Child, in 2020
March 11, 1994 ~ Harry James Byart, commonly known as hip-hop, grime, R&B singer, rapper, songwriter Fugative, born in Essex, UK ~ Known for songs such as It's Summertime, Jimmy Stone, Supafly, Crush, Bad Girl feat Celeste Scalone, Home, OTT and Charlie Sheen
March 11, 1986 ~ Saunders Terrell, commonly known as blues harpist Sonny Terry, passed away in Mineola, New York, USA ~ Best known for his association with Brownie McGhee ~ Terrell was born in 1911
March 11, 1983 ~ Contralto jazz singer Lurlan Hunter passed away in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA ~ First gained attention singing with Red Saunders at Club DeLisa in Chicago and subsequently as featured vocalist with George Shearing at famed New York jazz club Birdland. Would spend most of the 1950s working hotels and night clubs around the country. Released her full-length Blue And Sentimental debut album in 1961 ~ Hunter was born in 1919
March 11, 1981 ~ R&B, pop singer, actress Letoya Luckett, full name Letoya Nicole Luckett, born in Dallas, Texas, USA ~ Member of Destiny's Child from 1997 through 2000, present on hits such as No No No featuring Wyclef Jean, Bills Bills Bills, Say My Name and Jumpin' Jumpin'. As a solo artist released her debut album, Letoya, in 2006. Has collaborated with Ali & Gipp, Webbie, Mims, Boney James, and others
March 11, 1980 ~ Tango conductor, violinist, composer Julio de Caro passed away ~ Brother of pianist, composer Francisco de Caro, with whom he regularly collaborated. Influenced by Juan Carlos Cobián, Roberto Firpo, Eduardo Arolas. The latter would offer De Caro a position in his orchestra after an impromptu performance in 1917, giving him his start in music. By the mid-1920s De Caro would lead his own band with a recording contract with RCA-Victor. Over the course of his career De Caro would work with numerous artists, notably Osvaldo Fresedo, Minotto di Cicco, Edmundo Rivero and Pedro Maffia ~ De Caro was born in 1899
March 11, 1979 ~ Twin brothers guitarist Benji Madden and singer Joel Madden born in Waldorf, Maryland, USA ~ Formed pop rock formation the Madden Brothers as well as the band Good Charlotte, the latter known for hits such as Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous and Dance Floor Anthem (I Don't Want To Be In Love
March 11, 1979 ~ Singer, songwriter, producer Roy Stride born in UK ~ Best known for fronting Scouting For Girls who scored the hits She's So Lovely, Heartbeat, and Elvis Ain't Dead
March 11, 1978 ~ Pop singer, drummer, songwriter Claude François, full name Claude Antoine Marie François, passed away in Paris, France ~ Known for Comme D'Habitude, co-written with Jacques Revaux, later translated into English as My Way and recorded by Frank Sinatra and numerous others. Sold some 70 million records and said to be “the French equivalent of the Beatles, meaning the great talent of a generation” by former French President Valéry Giscard D'Estaing. Known for songs such as Le Téléphone Pleure, Le Lundi Au Soleil, Magnolias For Ever, Alexandrei Alexandra and Cette Année La. Accidentally electrocuted at age 39 as he was about to embark for America ~ François was born in 1939
March 11, 1978 ~ Singer, guitarist, keyboardist Craig Fairbaugh born in San Francisco, California, USA ~ Worked with the Forgotten, Plus 44, the Mercy Killers and with Juliette & the Licks
March 11, 1978 ~ Singer, guitarist, pianist Martin Svensson born in Kalmar, Sweden ~ Member of early 2000s rock outfit Nina Rochelle. As a solo artist best known for Du Ar Sa Yeah Yeah Wow Wow, which topped the Swedish charts in 1999
March 11, 1977 ~ Guitarist, composer Gyan Riley born ~ Son of minimalist composer Terry Riley. Released a solo debut album, Stream Of Gratitude, in 2013. Has worked with his father, as well as with Zakir Hussain, Dawn Upshaw, with the San Francisco Symphony, and with others
March 11, 1969 ~ Alternative rock, folk rock singer, songwriter Pete Droge born in Seattle, Washington, USA ~ Released his debut album, Necktie Second, in 1990. Best known for songs such as Sunspot Stopwatch, So I Am Over You, You Should Be Running, Dear Diane and If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself), the latter featured on the Dumb & Dumber soundtrack
March 11, 1969 ~ Keyboardist Rami Jaffee born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Member of the Wallflowers from 1990 to 2005, and again from 2013 to 2015. Member of the Foo Fighters, initially working with the band as a touring and session musician since 2005 and eventually becoming an official member. Has also worked with Pete Yorn, Stone Sour, Joseph Arthur, Coheed & Cambria, and others
March 11, 1968 ~ Pop, rock singer, songwriter Lisa Loeb born in Bethesda, Missouri, USA ~ Best known for her 1994 hit Stay (I Missed You), featured on the soundtrack of Reality Bites
March 11, 1967 ~ Opera singer Geraldine Farrar passed away in Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA ~ Enjoyed a devoted fanbase especially among young women, lovingly dubbed “Gerry-flappers”. Praised for the intimate timbre of her voice and remarkable acting ability. Worked with the Berlin Hofoper, the Monte Carlo Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and other major orchestras. Had a seven-year love affair with the married conductor Arturo Toscanini who abruptly resigned from the NY Met in 1915 following Farrar's ultimatum to leave his wife ~ Farrar was born in 1882
March 11, 1965 ~ Conductor, pianist, producer, arranger Vittorio Cosma born in Varese, Italy ~ Worked with Volpini Volante, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Eugenio Finardi, Pino Daniele, Ornella Vanoni, Renato Zero, Ivano Fossati, Stewart Copeland, Roberto Vecchioni, Enrico Ruggero, Teresa de Sio, Nino Buonocore, Grazia di Michele. Member of supergroup Gizmodrome alongside Adrian Belew, Level 42's Mark King and the Police's Stewart Copeland
March 11, 1962 ~ Jazz trombonist Bert Boeren born in Vught, the Netherlands ~ Worked with the Eurojazz Big Band, the Swingcats, the Dutch Swing College Band, Bob Brookmeyer, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw, the Masters Of Swing, and others
March 11, 1962 ~ Singer, guitarist, songwriter Darden Smith born in Brenham, Texas, USA ~ Folk and Americana-influenced rock, pop, roots rock. Debuted in 1986 with the album Native Soil and has recorded steadily since
March 11, 1961 ~ Guitarist Bruce Watson born in Timmins, Canada ~ Best known as guitarist for Scottish pop rock outfit Big Country, usually in a supportive role with Stuart Adamson taking the lead chords. The band scored a string of hits starting in the early 1980s with songs such as Fields Of Fire, Chance, Wonderland and Look Away all reaching top 10 in the UK. Watson has also worked with the Delinquents, Eurosect, Fourgoodmen, the Casbah Club and Dead Men Walking
March 11, 1959 ~ Singer Teddy Scholten wins the 4th edition of the Eurovision Songfestival held in Cannes, France ~ Representing the Netherlands Scholten wins with the song Een Beetje written by Dick Schallies and Willy van Hemert
March 11, 1957 ~ Lynda Cheryl Smith, commonly known as R&B, soul, pop singer Cheryl Lynn, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Best known for her 1978 disco hit Got To Be Real
March 11, 1955 ~ Country singer Jimmy Fortune born in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA ~ Member of the Statler Brothers, joining the band in 1982 as replacement for Lew DeWitt and remaining with the band for over two decades. Wrote a vast amount of the band's best-known including Elizabeth, Too Much On My Heart, My Only Love and More Than A Name On The Wall
March 11, 1955 ~ Catharina Hagen, commonly known as punk, punk rock singer Nina Hagen, born in East Berlin, East Germany ~ Pivotal to European punk. Debuted in 1978 with the album The Nina Hagen Band. Known for songs such as Auf'm Bahnhof Zoo, Unbeschrieblich Weiblich, Smack Jack and Zarah (Ich Weiss Es Wird Einmal Ein Wunder Geschehn)
March 11, 1954 ~ Film composer, orchestrator, conductor David Newman, full name David Louis Newman, born in Los Angeles, California, USA ~ Has composed for about 100 films, including the 1997 Anastasia film which earned him an Academy Award nomination
March 11, 1954 ~ Jazz trumpeter Frankie Newton, full name William Frank Newton, passed away ~ Worked with Sam Wooding, Chick Webb, Charlie Barnet, Andy Kirk, Charlie Fess Johnson, Lucky Millinder, Pete Brown, James P Johnson, Art Tatum, Sid Catlett, Edmond Hall, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday (including on the 1939 original of Strange Fruit), Ulysses Livingston, Elmer Snowden, Sonny White, and others ~ Newton was born in 1906
March 11, 1954 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader, composer Jon Jang born ~ Of Chinese-American descent, known for merging elements of American jazz and Asian music
March 11, 1954 ~ Jazz singer Judy Niemack born in Pasadena, California, USA ~ As a solo singer about a dozen albums to her name, starting with 1977's By Heart. Has also worked with Toots Thielemans, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, Eddie Gomez, the WDR Big Band, Simon Wettenhall, Cedar Walton, Mal Waldron, and others
March 11, 1953 ~ Guitarist, singer, songwriter Bernie Labarge born in Ottawa, Canada ~ As a solo artist best known for his 1984 Barging In album. Has also worked with artists such as Rain, Sweet Blindness, Cassandra Vasik, Zwol, the Irish Rovers, the Dexters, and others
March 11, 1952 ~ Jazz saxophonist Vince Giordano born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known as leader of the Nighthawks Orchestra, known for playing 1920 and 1930s jazz of composers such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington
March 11, 1951 ~ Guitarist, singer, composer Jorge Galemire born ~ Considered one of the most important guitarists in the Candombe Beat movement. Member of Trelew. Has also worked with Fernando Cabrera, Jaime Roos, Jorge Drexler, Repique, and others ~ Galemire passed away in 2015
March 11, 1950 ~ Folk-jazz singer, pianist, songwriter Bobby McFerrin, full name Roberth Keith McFerrin Jr, born in New York, New York, USA ~ Best known for his 1988 hit Don't Worry Be Happy, which reached top of the charts in numerous countries including America. Has worked with artists such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Yo-Yo Ma, and others
March 11, 1950 ~ Pianist Katia Labèque born in Bayonne, France ~ Half of the Labèque Sisters, an internationally acclaimed piano duo with her sister Marielle Labèque, best known for their 1980- recording of George Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue. Also played traditional classical repertoire, jazz, ragtime, flamenco, pop, and experimental rock
March 11, 1948 ~ Composer, conductor, pianist, film director Tom Pierson born in Ashland, Wisconsin, USA ~ Debuted as solois with the Houston Symphony at age 13. Studied classical piano but would eventually turn to jazz. Conducted the Metropolitan Opera. Scored films, notably Woody Allen's Manhattan
March 11, 1947 ~ Rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock pianist, keyboardist Mark Stein born in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA ~ Worked with Vanilla Fudge, Tommy Bolin, Alice Cooper, and others
March 11, 1947 ~ Trumpeter, conductor, arranger, composer Stan Lokhin born ~ Dubbed “the Godfather of Surinam music” drawing from kaseko, soul, calypso, jazz. Best known for leading the Stan Lokhin Band and the Resurrection Singers. Has worked with the Needles, Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, Stevie Wonder, Ruth Jacott, and others ~ Lokhin passed away in 2010
March 11, 1946 ~ Jazz, free jazz singer Patty Waters born in Iowa, USA ~ Influenced by Billie Holiday. Besst known for her first two albums, 1965's Sings and 1966's College Tour
March 11, 1944 ~ Singer, guitarist Geoff Turton born in UK ~ Best known for fronting the Rockin' Berries
March 11, 1943 ~ Richard Dean Tyree, commonly known as jazz drummer Richie Pratt, born in Olathe, Kansas, USA ~ Worked with Jaki Byard, Major Holley, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Roland Hanna, Frank Wess, George Mraz, Billy Taylor, Milt Jackson, Milt Hinton, Frank Foster, Monty Alexander, Michel Legrand, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, Melba Moore, the Temptations, Della Reese, Johnny Hartman, Carol Sloane, Johnny Desmond, the New York Jazz Quartet, Phyllis Hyman, Carrie Smith, and others ~ Tyree passed away in 2015
March 11, 1942 ~ Rock guitarist, singer Bo Starander born ~ Co-founded the Rebels with Björn Thelin, initially a duo. With over time a number of additions and name changes, the band would find succes as the Spotnicks, scoring 1960s hits such as Amapola, Ol' Man River, Drina, Just Listen To My Heart, Spanish Gypsy Dance, and Papa Oom Mow Mow ~ Starander passed away in 2020
March 11, 1942 ~ Folk singer, guitarist, songwriter David Wiffen born in Surrey, UK ~ Member of 1960s outfit 3's A Crowd, known for their 1966 single Bound To Fly. Also a member of the Pacers and the Children. As a solo artist known for Driving Wheel (Lost My Driving Wheel) and More Often Than Not. Both songs have been covered numerous times, the former by Tom Rush, Roger McGuinn, the Cowboy Junkies, the Jayhawks, Ray Wylie Hubbard and others, the latter by Jerry Jeff Walker, Ian & Sylvia and by Eric Andersen
March 11, 1940 ~ Jose Alberto Garcia Gallo, commonly known as singer, songwriter Alberto Cortez born in Rancul, Argentina ~ Began elementary school at Conservatory at age 6. Began composing by age 12. Sang in Argentine with the Arizona Orchestra and with Mario Cardi. Sang and toured with the San Francisco Jazz Orchesetra. Moved to Belgium at age 20 and recorded his first album, Suco Suco. Eventually established himself as one of Latin America's most renowned composers ~ Gallo passed away in 2019
March 11, 1940 ~ Minimalist flutist, saxophonist, songwriter Jon Gibson born ~ Best known for his association with Philip Glass, co-founding member of the Philip Glass Ensemble and crucial to the development of Glass' sound. Acclaimed for his 1973 Visitations solo debut album, considered a landmark in minimalist music. Has also worked with Larry Austin, Richard Swift, Stanley Lunetta, Steve Reich, and others ~ Gibson passed away in 2020
March 11, 1939 ~ Susanna Talley, commonly known as country, folk singer, songwriter Susanna Clark, born in Atlanta, Texas, USA ~ Married to Guy Clark. Wrote or co-wrote several well-known country songs including Dottsy's I'll Be Your San Antone Rose, Don Williams' Come From The Heart and Carlene Carter's Easy From Now On ~ Talley passed away in 2012
March 11, 1932 ~ Trumpeter, flugelhornist Atle Hammer born in Oslo, Norway ~ Towering figure on the Oslo jazz scene known for several international collaborations. Trained in the USA as a civil engineer and worked at the Norwegian State Railways before establishing himself as the leading trumpeter in Norway in the 1950s. Played with a host of artists including Erik Amundsen, Mikkel Flagstad, Egil Kapstad, Laila Dalseth, Pepper Adams, George Russell, Red Holloway, Bjarne Nerem, James Moody, Terje Venaas, Elvin Sannes, Tom Olstad, Harald Bergersen, Erling Aksdal, Thorgeir Stubø, the Per Husby Quintet, and others ~ Hammer passed away in 2017
March 11, 1932 ~ Avant-garde jazz, contemporary classical violinist, violist, composer Leroy Jenkins born in Chicago, Illinois, USA ~ Leader and sideman. First gained attention playing with the loose collective the Association For The Advancement Of Creative Musicians in the mid-1960s, led by Muhal Richard Abrams. First recorded in 1967, appearing on Abrams' Levels And Degrees Of Light. Would team up with Anthony Braxton and Wadada Leo Smith recording Braxton's 3 Compositions Of Jazz album the following year. Would go on to collaborate with Creative Construction Company, Archie Shepp, Philly Joe Jones, Alan Silva, Don Cherry, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Paul Motian, Dewey Redman, Andrew Cyrille, Cecil Taylor, and others. As a composer gapped the bridge between several idioms including jazz, classical and rap, and perhaps best known for his 1994 Fresh Faust jazz-rap opera. At the time of his death Jenkins was working on two new operas, Bronzeville and Minor Triad, the latter a musical drama about the lives of Paul Robeson, Lena Horne and Cab Calloway ~ Jenkins passed away in 2007
March 11, 1931 ~ Jazz drummer, arranger Allan Ganley, full name Allan Anthony Ganley, born in Tolworth, UK ~ Leader and sideman. Self-taught drummer. Worked with Bert Ambrose, Johnny Dankworth, the Jazzmakers, Derek Smith, Dizzy Reece, Vic Ash, Ronnie Scott, Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Jim Hall, Freddie Hubbard, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Teddy Wilson, Al Haig, Carol Kidd, Blossom Dearie, Scott Hamilton, Cleo Laine, Spike Robinson, Bob Barnard, Ruby Braff, Dave Cliff, Tony Coe, Kenny Davern, Brian Dee, Elaine Delmar, Jack Dieval, Elena Duran, Slim Gaillard, Kenny Graham, Stéphane Grappelli, Joe Harriott, John Mayer, Laurie Holloway, Carol Kidd, Brian Lemon, Bill Le Sage, Yehudi Menuhin, Marion Montgomery, David Newton, Steve Race, Ernest Ranglin, Angela Richards, Martin Taylor, Mary Lou Williams, Kai Winding, and others ~ Ganley passed away in 2008
March 11, 1921 ~ Bandoneon player, composer Astor Piazzolla born in Mar del Plata, Argentina ~ Virtuoso bandoneonist. Father of Nuevo Tango. Worked with Anibal Troilo, the Orquesta Tipica, the Orquesta de Cuerdas, Jorge Sobrel, Octeto Buenos Aires, Leopoldo Federico, Enrique Mario Francini, Hugo Baralis, Juan Vasssalo, Jose Bragato, Atilio Stampone, Juan Carlos Copes, Maria Nieves, Jaime Gosis, Simón Bajour, Horacio Malvicino, Kicho Diaz, Joge Luis Borge, Edmundo Rivero, Amelita Baltar, Gerry Mulligan, Tullio de Piscope, Roberto Goyneche, Cacho Tirao, Osvaldo Pugliese, the Kronos Quartet, Pablo Ziegler, and others ~ Piazzolla passed away in 1992
March 11, 1920 ~ Jazz pianist, bandleader Ike Carpenter, full name Isaac Monroe Carpenter, born in Durham, North Carolina, USA ~ Active during the 1940s and 1950s. Worked briefly with Boyd Raeburn before becoming a popular attraction in his own right working the West Coast nightclubs. Featured with his band in the 1950s films Rhythm And Rhyme and Holiday Rhythm. Employed sidemen such as Lucky Thompson, Gerald Wilson, Ted Nash, Jay Cameron, and George Weidler ~ Carpenter passed away in 1998
March 11, 1919 ~ Trumpeter, composer, arranger Mercer Ellington born in Washington DC, USA ~ The only child of Duke Ellington. Mercer led his own bands which at one time or another included Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Idrees Sulieman, Chico Hamilton, Charles Mingus, and Carmen McRae. Mercer wrote several pieces that became standards including Things Ain't What They Used To Be, Jumpin' Punkins, Moon Mist, and Blue Serge. Mercer also was a road manager for Cootie Williams, musical director for Della Reese, composed for and played trumpet and horn in his father's orchestra, and led the orchestra after Duke's death ~ Ellington passed away in 1996
March 11, 1914 ~ William Max Geserick, commonly known as jazz drummer, producer Carlo Krahmer, born in London, UK ~ Worked with Johnny Claes, Claude Bampton, George Shearing, and others ~ Geserick passed away in 1976
March 11, 1914 ~ Symphony conductor James Guthrie, full name James Kelley Guthrie, born ~ Founded the San Bernardino Community Orchestra at age 15, the orchestra would later evolve into the San Bernardino Symphony. Known for conducting the first performance of the Hollywood Grand Opera Association in 1936, earning him critical acclaim. Also closely associated with the Riverside Symphony Orchestra. Established the Guthrie Music Rental Library in 1974 with the aim to rent out scores and sheet music at affordable prices to schools, colleges and orchestras in order to encourage music performance ~ Guthrie passed away in 1996
March 11, 1910 ~ Songwiter, lyricist Nicola Salerno born in Naples, Italy ~ Co-wrote Gigliola Cinquetti's Non Ho L'Eta, which won Italy the Eurovision Songfestival in 1964 ~ Salerno passed away in 1969
March 11, 1907 ~ Actress, dancer, singer Jessie Matthews, full name Jessie Margaret Matthews, born in London, UK ~ Dubbed “the Dancing Divinity”, known for a string of British hit stage musicals and films in the mid-1930s. Her studio was reluctant to let their biggest star go, repeatedly rejecting Hollywood offers ~ Matthews passed away in 1981
March 11, 1905 ~ Maurice Alfred Cohen, commonly known as songwriter, lyricist Michael Carr, born in Leeds, UK ~ Best remembered for co-writing South Of The Border with Jimmy Kennedy for the 1939 film of the same name. The song would be first recorded by Billy Cotton and covered by numerous artists including Gene Autry, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Patsy Cline, Fats Domino, Gene Pitney, and others ~ Cohen passed away in 1968
March 11, 1903 ~ Bandleader, accordionist Lawrence Welk born in Strasburg, North Dakota, USA ~ Hosted the musical variety TV show The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982, his musical style known as “champagne music” ~ Welk passed away in 1992
March 11, 1902 ~ Jazz drummer Chauncey Morehouse born in Niagara Falls, New York, USA ~ Worked with Paul Specht, Jean Goldkette, Adrian Rollini, Donald Voorhees, Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, the Dorsey Brothers, Joe Venuti, and others ~ Morehouse passed away in 1980
March 11, 1900 ~ Anthony George Sannella, commonly known as bandleader, violinist, pianist, reedist, guitarist Andy Sannella, born in Brooklyn, New York, USA ~ Worked with Nathaniel Shilkret, Leonard Joy, Ben Selvin, Adrian Schubert, Bert Hirsch, Sam Lanin, Art Gillham, Ukulele Ike, Frank Crumit, Seger Ellis, Johnny Marvin, and others ~ Sannella passed away in 1962
March 11, 1898 ~ Irving Milfred Mole, commonly known as trombonist Miff Mole, born in Roosevelt, New York, USA ~ Leader and sideman. Known for recordings such as Slippin' Around, Red Hot Mama, Miff's Blues and There'll Come A Time (Wait And See). Worked with the Original Memphis Five, Sophie Tucker, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Sam Lanin, Eddie Lang, Jimmy Dorsey, Red Nichols, Vic Berton, the Charleston Chasers, and others ~ Mole passed away in 1961
March 11, 1881 ~ Pianist, conductor, composer Nikolai Rubinstein, commonly known as Nikolai Grigoryevich Rubinstein, passed away in Paris, France ~ Generally regarded as one of the greatest pianists of his day, though his reputation over time would become overshadowed by that of his brother Anton Rubinstein. Founded the Moscow Conservatory in 1866, serving as its director until his death. Also known for encouraging and advancing the appeal of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, including premiering the latter's Eugene Onegin opera in 1879. Tchaikovsky would later write Piano Trio In A Minor in Rubinstein's memory ~ Rubinstein was born in 1835
March 11, 1781 ~ Composer Anthony Philip Heinrich born in Schönbüchel, Bohemia ~ Most prominent pre-Civil War American composer, dubbed “Father Heinrich” ~ Heinrich passed away in 1861