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Barry Kernfeld

jazz saxophonist and bandleader, was born Harlan Quentin Leonard in Butler, Missouri, not Kansas City, as is commonly given. Nothing is known of his parents. Leonard's nickname was “Mike,” for reasons unknown. He attended public schools in Butler and Kansas City, where at age thirteen he enrolled at Lincoln High School, playing clarinet in a school band. Later he studied alto saxophone with George Wilkenson and Eric “Paul” Tremaine. He worked briefly with the bandleader George E. Lee in 1923, the year he graduated. Leonard married in the mid-1920s. His wife's name is unknown; the couple had two children.

Leonard was the lead alto saxophonist, doubling on clarinet and soprano sax, in Bennie Moten's ensemble from 1923 to late 1931 as it evolved from a small dance band into one of the pioneering jazz big bands His first recorded solo with Moten was on She ...


Trevor Hall

was born on 9 March 1454, but became a naturalized citizen of Spain in 1505. His father, Nastagio Vespucci, and mother, Lisabetta Mani, were friends of the powerful Medici family who governed much of Italy. Vespucci’s reason for renown is that he was the first to recognize South America was a continent separate from Asia, and one of the first to sail from Europe to West Africa then directly to South America, before returning to Europe. He completed the triangular transatlantic trade, without transporting enslaved Africans across the Atlantic. In 1502, while sailing with the Portuguese, Vespucci navigated from Portugal to West Africa and then directly to South America. Four years before Vespucci sailed from Portugal, another Italian, Christopher Columbus had sailed from the Portuguese Cape Verde Islands to South America, also without enslaved Africans. Two decades later in 1518 the Spanish king authorized merchants to ...