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Scott Yanow

blues and jazz singer and pianist, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Butler, who was born blind due to glaucoma, started playing piano when he was six and sang in the choir of the Louisiana State School for the Blind when he was seven. While at the school, he studied classical piano and, starting in eleventh grade, voice training that included opera. He also studied drums, baritone horn, and valve trombone although he did not pursue a career on those instruments.

Butler began playing piano professionally when he was fourteen in Baton Rouge area clubs. While attending the Southern University in Baton Rouge in the late 1960s, he studied with Alvin Batiste, who guided him toward the recordings of Charlie Parker and John Coltrane along with Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean music. He also had private lessons with Professor Longhair Harold Mabern and Roland Hanna and received a grant ...

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Kathy-ann Daniel-Gittens

was born Arthur Aldwyn Holder, on 16 July 1921 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the eldest of Arthur and Louise de Frense Holder’s five children. His father, originally from Barbados, worked in sales, while his mother, originally from Martinique, ran her own dressmaking business. Baptized Arthur, like all first sons in his family, he was called “Boscoe” after a character in his mother’s favorite Mary Pickford movie.

The Holders were part of the cultured and urbane black upper middle class who lived in the capital of the island Boscoe and his younger brother Geoffrey both became involved in art and dance at an early age They were supported in their efforts by their parents who were ballroom dancing champions with several prizes to their name According to his biographer Boscoe Holder began painting at the age of 5 and he started playing the piano soon after By 9 years of ...

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Scott Yanow

jazz and soul pianist and singer, was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He was self-taught on the piano other than four piano lessons. McCann sang and played piano from an early age. In the early 1950s he left the South to join the U.S. Navy. McCann was stationed near San Francisco, where he had an opportunity to see major jazz artists in local clubs, including Miles Davis and the pianist whom he considered his earliest influence, Erroll Garner. In 1956 he won a talent contest sponsored by the navy that led to him appearing on television as a singer on The Ed Sullivan Show.

After his discharge later that year McCann settled in Los Angeles. He attended music school and worked toward forming his own trio. Miles Davis recommended him to Cannonball Adderley leading to Adderley offering McCann a chance to join his quintet However McCann turned ...

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Ivette Romero

was born in Shelly Bay, Bermuda, to a middle-class family. His father, John Edgar Tucker, was a mason and builder. He was also known as a community organizer. His mother, Ada Louise Tucker (née Steede), has been described as a musically inclined, elegant woman who played the organ and guitar; she taught Charles how to play the organ.

Considered to be Bermuda’s first black professionally trained painter, Tucker was a pioneer who paved the way for other black Bermudian artists. The scholar Meredith Ebbin points out that, as a dominant figure on the art scene during the 1950s and 1960s, he made an outstanding contribution by demonstrating “that white artists, whether local or visiting …, did not have a monopoly on the island’s aesthetics” (Ebbin, n.d.).

In Bermuda, Tucker attended Temperance Hall Primary School, Mrs. Millicent Neverson’s Excelsior Secondary School, and the Berkeley Institute, graduating in 1933 Music was his ...