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Loonis McGlohon

Loonis McGlohon was born September 29, 1921 in Ayden, North Carolina, died January 26, 2002.


Lou Donaldson

Born in Badin, Lou Donaldson is a renowned jazz saxophonist. He spent his early years in the bebop era, influenced heavily by Charlie Parker.


Nina Simone

Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina; died on April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, France.


Tab Smith

During the 1930s and 1940s, Tab Smith was an in-demand jazz saxophonist, performing with the Count Basie and Lucky Millinder bands and recording with a number of bands and soloists, including Coleman Hawkins.


Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk was born on October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; died on February 17, 1982 in Englewood, New Jersey.


Willie Weeks

Willie Weeks was born in Salemburg, North Carolina and began playing bass in the early 1960s, when he was a teenager.


John Coltrane

John Coltrane is one of the most important–and controversial–individuals in the history of jazz.


Grady Tate

Grady Tate was born in Durham, North Carolina, where he started playing drums when he was five and singing when he was six.


Billy Taylor

Dr. Billy Taylor, a jazz pianist, composer, educator and broadcaster, encompassed that rare combination of creativity, intelligence, and vision — qualities that made him one of our most cherished national treasures.