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    Herbie NicholsPianist composer Herbie Nichols was born in NYC  in 1919; he worked in late 1940s with Hal Singer, Illinois Jacquet, and John Kirby.  He is best known for his unique compositions which he began writing in 1939.  His writing and playing were influenced by Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell; they feature unusual melodic and rhythmic ideas; his playing mixed swing and bebop with a Caribbean influence.  He recorded two trio albums for Blue Note in 1955 and 1956 and an album for Bethlehem in 1957.

    Other than a little work as a sideman on other Herbie Nicholsleaders'...

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    Randy WestonPianist-composer-bandleader Randy Weston was born in Brooklyn 1926; in the early 1950s he played with r&b bands including Bull Moose Jackson and the Clovers.  He formed his own trio and groups with boyhood friends, trumpeter Ray Copeland and bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik; he first recorded in 1954 with Cecil Payne and a trio for Riverside.  Weston visited Africa beginning in 1961.

    Randy Weston wrote and recorded Uhuru Africa (Roulette) in 1960 with lyrics from Langston Hughes; the arrangements for this and many Weston recordings were by trombonist Melba Liston.  Weston lived in Morocco in from 1968 to...

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    Carla BleyBorn Carla Borg in Oakland, California in 1938; her father was a church musician but she is mostly self-taught; Bley moved to NYC in 1955 and began writing for George Russell, Jimmy Giuffre, and Paul Bley.  She formed the Jazz Composers Guild with Michael Mantler in 1964 which became the Jazz Composers Orchestra; Bley also started the New Music Distribution Service which supplied stores with hard-to-get cutting edge albums.  She toured Europe in 1965-66.

    Carla Bley came to public notice with her A Genuine Tong Funeral (1967) written for Gary Burton, and her own jazz opera (she called it a chronotransduction)...

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    By Michael Dalby on

    Herbie NicholsPianist composer Herbie Nichols was born in NYC  in 1919; he worked in late 1940s with Hal Singer, Illinois Jacquet, and John Kirby.  He is best known for his unique compositions which he began writing in 1939.  His writing and playing were influenced by Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell; they feature unusual melodic and rhythmic ideas; his playing mixed swing and bebop with a Caribbean influence.  He recorded two trio albums for Blue Note in 1955 and 1956 and an album for Bethlehem in 1957.

    Other than a little work as a sideman on other Herbie Nicholsleaders'...

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    By Michael Dalby on

    Randy WestonPianist-composer-bandleader Randy Weston was born in Brooklyn 1926; in the early 1950s he played with r&b bands including Bull Moose Jackson and the Clovers.  He formed his own trio and groups with boyhood friends, trumpeter Ray Copeland and bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik; he first recorded in 1954 with Cecil Payne and a trio for Riverside.  Weston visited Africa beginning in 1961.

    Randy Weston wrote and recorded Uhuru Africa (Roulette) in 1960 with lyrics from Langston Hughes; the arrangements for this and many Weston recordings were by trombonist Melba Liston.  Weston lived in Morocco in from 1968 to...

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    By Michael Dalby on

    Carla BleyBorn Carla Borg in Oakland, California in 1938; her father was a church musician but she is mostly self-taught; Bley moved to NYC in 1955 and began writing for George Russell, Jimmy Giuffre, and Paul Bley.  She formed the Jazz Composers Guild with Michael Mantler in 1964 which became the Jazz Composers Orchestra; Bley also started the New Music Distribution Service which supplied stores with hard-to-get cutting edge albums.  She toured Europe in 1965-66.

    Carla Bley came to public notice with her A Genuine Tong Funeral (1967) written for Gary Burton, and her own jazz opera (she called it a chronotransduction)...

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