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Tenor SaxophoneInspired by the gospel music he heard in church and the R&B he heard on the radio, Roy Hargrove began learning the trumpet in fourth grade. A native of Waco, TX, Hargrove was an advanced performer by junior high, and at 16 he was studying at Dallas's Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts.

During his junior year, Hargove impressed Wynton Marsalis during a jazz clinic and was invited to sit in with his band at Ft. Worth's Caravan of Dreams Performing Arts Center. Over the next three months, Hargrove performed there with Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard and Bobby Hutcherson, eventually garnering an invitation to The North Sea Jazz Festival and a month-long European Tour.

Hargrove attended Boston's Berklee School of Music for a year but transferred to New York's New School in 1989 to be able to sit in on more jam sessions. In 1990, Hargrove released his solo debut, Diamond in the Rough, on the Novus/RCA label, eventually recording four albums on that label before moving to Verve. His 1994 debut album with Verve, With the Tenors of Our Time, showcased Hargrove with saxophonists Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Johnny Griffin, Joshua Redman and Branford Marsalis.

Hargrove's Verve albums each explore new musical territory, and he's been equally willing to go to new places on stage with performers like Sonny Rollins and Jackie McLean as well as song stylists Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Abbey Lincoln. In an homage to hip-hop, Hargrove covered rapper Method Man's "All I Need" for producer Tony Joseph's 2005 Verve project Def Jazz. Other ventures include a collaboration with soul star D'Angelo, as well as guest appearances on albums by Erykah Badu, rapper Common, and English acid jazz DJ/producer Gilles Peterson. Hargrove also received a commission from the Lincoln Center jazz program to compose "The Love Suite: In Mahogany," first performed in 1993.

The eclectic Hargrove has won Grammy Awards for vastly different projects. In 1997, his Cuban-based band Crisol won the Best Latin Jazz Performance Grammy for the album Habana. And in 2002, Hargrove, Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group, for their three-way collaboration Directions in Music.

Says the adventurous Hargrove, "What do we have to offer in the world of jazz today? It's about being innovative, which is cool. But innovation right now will come in music that's swinging and feels good. It's meaningless if it doesn't make you feel something."

 





Tommy Dorsey became known as "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing," after taking the song "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" as his theme. One of the most familiar big band songs, it was a perfect showcase for Dorsey's trombone skills.

Dorsey's first recording for Victor of "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," was actually made in September, but never released. The arrangement that became a classic of the swing era was by Ernani "Noni" Bernardi—Dorsey's lead alto saxophonist. The song, which had been written by George Bassman with lyrics by Ned Washington, was first performed in 1932.

Victor record #25236—the version of the song that has become a favorite—was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and orchestra in October. Bernardi's arrangement provided a simple and effective background for Dorsey to show off his notable breath control, expert phrasing, and command of the upper register on his trombone. Dorsey's soloing is graceful and his rich performance perfectly suits the mood of the song.

 




Week of October 10, 2011
Event: October 11, 1939 CBS Vibraphone Performer Dave Samuels Records "Body and Soul"

Birthday: Vibraphone Performer Dave Samuels, October 9, 1948

Week of October 3, 2011
Event: CBS Radio broadcasts The New York Philharmonic Orchestra live from Carnegie Hall for the first time, October 5, 1930

Birthday: Blues Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn, October 3, 1954

Week of September 26, 2011
Event: Composer Leonard Bernstein's musical West Side Story opens at New York's Winter Garden Theater, September 26, 1957

Birthday: Violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty, September 29, 1942

Week of September 19, 2011
Event: Fiddler on the Roof Open on Broadway Starting a Run that Extends to 3,242 Performances

Birthday: Cornetist Jim Cullum, Jr, September 20, 1941

Week of September 12, 2011
Event: The Metropolitan Opera Opens its New Opera House at New York's Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts

Birthday: Trumpeter Brian Lynch, September 12, 1956

Week of September 5, 2011
Event: Singer Songwriter, and Record Producer Otis Redding,
Records His Hit "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay"

Birthday: Sonny Rollins, September 7, 1930

Week of August 29, 2011
Event: George Gershwin Completes the Orchestral Score for His Opera Porgy and Bess

Birthday: Charlie Parker, August 29, 1920

Week of August 22, 2011
Event: Charles G. Conn Receives a Patent for the Metal Clarinet

Birthday: Leonard Bernstein, August 25, 1918

Week of August 15, 2011
Event: The New York Times Reports that Dolby had Developed a Noise Reduction System for Album and Tape Recording

Birthday: Marc O'Connor, August 15, 1961

Week of August 08, 2011
Event: 14-Year-Old Benny Goodman Works as a Clarinet Player on a Lake Michigan Excursion Boat

Birthday: Pat Metheny, August 12, 1954

Week of August 01, 2011
Event: The Army of France Adds Saxophonesto its Military Bands

Birthday: Tony Bennett, August 3, 1926

Week of July 18, 2011
Event: First Newport Jazz Festival

Birthday: Carl Fontana Born July 18, 1928

Week of July 11, 2011
Event: "His Masters Voice" Trademark Registered

Birthday: Bélla Fleck Born July 10, 1958

Week of July 5, 2011
Event: Benny Goodman and His Band Record "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Birthday: Pinetop Perkins Born July 7, 1913

Week of June 27, 2011
Event: Cab Calloway and His Orchestra Record "St. James Infirmary""

Birthday: Pete Fountain Born July 3, 1930

Week of June 20, 2011
Event: 19 Year-Old Arturo Toscanini Conducts the Rio de Janeiro Orchestra in a Performance of "Aida"

Birthday: Lalo Schifrin Born June 21, 1932

Week of June 13, 2011
Event: New York Jazz Museum Opens

Birthday: Marcus Miller Born June 14, 1959

Week of June 06, 2011
Event: Jelly Roll Morton Records "Jelly Roll Blues" As a Piano Solo

Birthday: Bill Watrous Born June 08, 1939

Week of May 30, 2011
Event: 1962 Bandleader Benny Goodman Leads The First American Jazz Band to Play In The Soviet Union

Birthday: Benny Goodman Born May 30, 1909

Week of May 23, 2011
Event: "In a Precursor to Outdoor Rock Festivals, Ray Charles and B.B. King Perform For 9,000 Fans in Atlanta

Birthday: Miles Davis Born May 26, 1926

Week of May 16, 2011
Event: "When The Saints Go Marching In" Recorded by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Birthday: Woody Herman Born May 16, 1913

Week of May 2, 2011
Event: New York's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center Announces Addition of Rock, Pop, and Jazz Concerts

Birthday: Maynard Ferguson Born May 4, 1928

Week of April 25, 2011
Event: At Decca Studios Charlie Parker Made His First Commercial Recording April 30, 1941

Birthday: Duke Ellington Born April 29, 1899

Week of April 18, 2011
Event: Pipeless Organ Patented by Laurens Hammond April 24, 1934

Birthday: Tito Puente Born April 20, 1923

Week of April 4, 2011
Event: Herp Alpert Born April 4, 1939

Birthday: Freddie Hubbard Born April 7, 1938

Week of March 28, 2011
Birthday: Michael Brecker Born March 29, 1949

Birthday: Herp Alpert Born March 31, 1935

Week of March 14, 2011
Event: Joseph Haydn's Surprise Symphony Is Performed for the First Time March 23, 1792

Birthday: Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

Week of March 7, 2011
Event: Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians Recorded Auld Lang Syne March 7, 1939

Birthday: Leon Bismark (Bix) Beiderbecke March 10, 1903

Week of February 28, 2011
Event: Miles Davis Records "Kind of Blue" on Columbia Records March 2, 1959
Birthday: Frédéric Chopin Marc 1, 1810

Week of February 21, 2011
Event: Duke Ellington Records "The Queen's Suite"
Birthday: Dexter Gordon February 27, 1923

Week of February 14, 2011
Event: Sonny Rollins Records his Title Track "The Bridge" February 14, 1962
Birthday: Buddy DeFranco February 17, 1923

Week of February 7, 2011
Event: Rhapsody in Blue is Performed for the First Time February 12, 1924
Birthday: Marion "Buddy" Childers February 12, 1926

Week of January 31, 2011
Event: Frank Sinatra Debuts on Radio's "Your Hit Parade" February 6, 1943
Birthday: Stanley "Stan" Getz February 2, 1927

Week of January 24, 2011
Event: Original Dixieland Jazz Band Makes the First Jazz Record January 30, 1917
Birthday: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart January 27, 1756

 



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