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Diane Schuur
Born: 1953

Diane Schuur, who has often been on the periphery of jazz,
has the potential to be an important jazz
singer although she still includes a large dose of pop tunes
in her repertoire. Early in her career she
had the tendency to screech in her upper register, but with
maturity that flaw has largely disappeared
and she has become a very impressive singer. Blinded at
birth due to a hospital accident, Schuur (who
would later be nicknamed “Deedles”) imitated singers as a

She had her first gig at… Continue

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Donald Byrd
Born: 1932

Trumpeter Donald Byrd was born in Detroit in 1932, his
studies at Wayne State University (1954) were
interrupted by military service, during which he played in
an Air Force band. He then attended the Manhattan
School of Music (MA in music education). At the same
time he was the favorite studio trumpeter of the bop label
Presitge (1956-58), though he also recorded frequently
for Riverside and Blue Note.

He gave performances with George Wallington (1955),
Art Blakey (1956), and along with… Continue