Blossom Dearie

Blossom Dearie was a jazz vocalist and pianist that began to make a name for herself in New York City during the fifties. Blossom is one of the old school style jazz singers that had to actually work for her fame by playing nightly at supper clubs. This was no lowly task as many of [...]

Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman was a jazz musician and composer that lived between 1909 and 1986. He was born and raised in the lovely city of Chicago in the fine state of Illinois. Benny was the son of working class Jewish immigrants from Russia. His father was a tailor in Russia but in the states the best [...]

Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway was an jazz singer and band leader who came to fame in the 1930′s. His was one of the busiest jazz acts of the time. He appeared on dozens of shows, acted in many movies and played with many other big names of the day like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Bing Crosby [...]

Louie Prima

Louie Prima’s family emigrated from Sicily, Italy to New Orleans in the early 1900′s. At the time of Louie’s youth, in the 1920′s, New Orleans was a hot bed for early jazz, dixieland and swing music. This environment created some of our great musical visionaries, such as the trumpet player Louis Armstrong, and Louie Prima [...]

Eddie Lang

Eddie Lang was a major jazz guitarist in the early 1900′s.  Born to a Italian family in South Philadelphia Eddie’s father was a banjo and guitar maker with an affinity for classical music.  Early on Eddie learned the violin, perhaps because of his father and it’s prominence in the classical world, but after eleven years [...]