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Jonathan Tunick Biography

Orchestrator, musical director, composer and arranger Jonathan Tunick was born in New York in 1938. He attended the Juilliard School before beginning to work in theatre, music, movie and television. His jobs include Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd and Blazing Saddles. Tunick is one of just 14 individuals to have ...

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Jack DeJohnette Biography

An acclaimed percussionist, he’s worked with a number of well-known names in jazz, like John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Esperanza Spalding. DeJohnette received a 2008 Grammy Award and was named a “Jazz Master” from the National Endowment for the Arts in the year 2012. When he was only 4 years old, ...

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Arturo Toscanini Biography

Produced in Italy on March 25, 1867, Arturo Toscanini first created himself as a gifted conductor when he was only 19. In the age of 89, Toscanini perished in Nyc on January 16, 1957. From the time he was 17, he was conducting his own compositions in the institution. He graduated ...

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Billy Preston Biography

He expired on June 6, 2006, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The family moved to La, California, when Preston was quite youthful. It was in L.A. that Preston started playing the piano, at the age of 3. By age 10, he was playing the organ behind gospel singers like Mahalia Jackson. He also ...

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Jim Morrison Biography

Produced on December 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida, Jim Morrison was an American rock vocalist and songwriter. Known for his drinking and drug use and horrific stage behaviour, in 1971 Morrison left the Doors to compose poetry and moved to Paris, where he died of heart failure Vocalist and songwriter. ...

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Stonewall Jackson Biography

Stonewall Jackson was born in Clarksburg (then Virginia), West Virginia, on January 21, 1824. A proficient military tactician, he served as a Confederate general under Robert E. Lee in the American Civil War, directing troops at Manassas, Antietam and Fredericksburg. Jackson lost an arm and expired after he was inadvertently ...

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Carl Perkins Biography

Produced on April 9, 1932, in Tiptonville, Tennessee, Carl Perkins started performing live as a teen. He signed with Sun Records and in 1956 released the greatest-selling single of his profession, “Blue Suede Shoes.” Deemed the “Daddy of Rockabilly,” Perkins affected a generation of rock musicians, including the Beatles. It was ...

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Billie Holiday Biography

Billie Holiday – Miniature Biography (TV14; 3:42) A brief biography of Billie “Lady Day” Holiday. Considered among the greatest jazz vocalists ever, Holiday had a flourishing career as a jazz vocalist for a long time before she lost her struggle with substance abuse. Her autobiography was made in the 1972 ...

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Maria Callas Biography

Maria Callas was born in New York in 1923. She made her professional debut with all the Royal Opera of Athens in Boccaccio, and took her first leading part in Tosca. Garnering international acclaim, her Italian opera introduction happened in the Verona Arena in 1947, followed by her 1954 American ...

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Duke Ellington Biography

He created among the very most distinguishing ensemble sounds in Western music and continued to play what he called “American Music” until just before his passing in 1974. Produced on April 29, 1899, Duke Ellington was raised by two gifted, musical parents in a middle class area of Washington DC. In ...

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