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Daniel Robert McClure

keyboardist, harpist, and composer, was born Alice McLeod in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Solon and Anne McLeod, and grew up in a musically oriented family. Her brother, Ernie Farrow, played bass in the jazz groups of Terry Gibbs, Stan Getz, and Yusef Lateef. Beginning piano at the age of seven and studying classical music, Alice later attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit and played piano in church. Her achievements led to a scholarship to the Detroit Institute of Technology. Her most important influences in classical music during this time were the works of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Eventually Alice followed her brother into jazz and became a bebop pianist for musicians such as Kenny Burrell and Lateef, eventually traveling to Europe to study with Bud Powell in 1959 She moved to New York in the early 1960s During a stint ...

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Rob Bowman

musician, songwriter, producer, and actor, was born in Covington, Tennessee, to unknown parents. Before Hayes had turned two, his father had left the family home and his mother had passed away in a mental institution. Hayes was raised by his maternal grandparents, who sharecropped for a living until, at the age of seven, Hayes, his sister, and his grandparents moved to Memphis. Over the next several years, Hayes lived in a variety of places in North Memphis. Impoverished, at times the family had to split up, and at the worst point Hayes was sleeping in junk cars at a garage.Largely a self taught musician during and immediately following his school years Hayes apprenticed with a number of ensembles that variously worked the school amateur hour and nightclub circuit singing doo wop and gospel and playing blues and jazz saxophone and rhythm and blues piano Upon ...