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Billie Holiday, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, Connie Kay, Leo Robin

04/06/12 9:00PM By George Thomas

We celebrate several jazz birthdays tonight, including: vocalist Billie Holiday; composer & trumpeter Freddie Hubbard; composer, bandleader & pianist Randy Weston; drummer Connie Kay, best known for his work with The Modern Jazz Quartet and Leo Robin, lyricist for "My Ideal," "Easy Living" and many others.



Cristo Redentor
Artist Name: Donald Byrd Band & Voices
Composer: Duke Pearson
Soloists: Donald Byrd-Trumpet ; Herbie Hancock-Piano ; Kenny Burrell-Guitar
CD/Album: A New Perspective
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 7-84124-2
Release Year: 1963
Note: Listener Request


My Ideal
Artist Name: Chet Baker
Composer: Chase, Whiting, Robin
Soloists: Chet Baker-Trumpet & Vocals
CD/Album: The Best Of Chet Baker Sings
Record co./Cat #: Pacific Jazz 7 92932-2
Release Year: 1956
Note: Birthday: Leo Robin 4.6.1900


Easy Living
Artist Name: Billie Holiday
Composer: Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin
Soloists: Billie Holiday-Vocals ; Lester Young-Tenor Sax ; Teddy Wilson-Piano
CD/Album: The Quintessential Billie Holiday Volume IV
Record co./Cat #: Columbia 44252
Release Year: 1937
Note: Birthday: Leo Robin 4.6.1900


Cool Green
Artist Name: Benny Green
Composer: Kenny Drew
Soloists: Benny Green-Piano
CD/Album: Source
Record co./Cat #: Jazz Legacy Productions 1001014
Release Year: 2010


If I Should Lose You
Artist Name: Nina Simone
Composer: Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin
Soloists: Nina Simone-Vocals, Piano
CD/Album: After Hours
Record co./Cat #: Verve 314 526 702-2
Release Year: 1965
Note: Birthday: Leo Robin 4.6.1900


It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Artist Name: The Modern Jazz Quartet
Composer: Duke Ellington
Soloists: Connie Kay-Drums ; John Lewis-Piano
CD/Album: Dedicated To Connie
Record co./Cat #: Atlantic Jazz 82763-2
Release Year: 1960
Note: Birthday: Connie Kay 4.7.1927


Prisoner Of Love
Artist Name: Marianne Solivan
Composer: Leo Robin, Clarence Gaskill, Russ Columbo
Soloists: Marianne Solivan-Vocals ; Xavier Davis-Piano
CD/Album: Prisoner Of Love
Record co./Cat #: Hipnotic Records 10007
Release Year: 2012
Note: Birthday: Leo Robin 4.6.1900


The Mooch
Artist Name: 3 Cohens
Composer: Duke Ellington
Soloists: Anat Cohen-Tenor Sax, Clarinet ; Avishai Cohen-Trumpet ; Yuval Cohen-Soprano Sax ; Aaron Goldberg-Piano
CD/Album: Family
Record co./Cat #: Anzic Records 7002
Release Year: 2011
Note: New


Honeysuckle Rose
Artist Name: Marcus Roberts Trio
Composer: Fats Waller
Soloists: Marcus Roberts-Piano ; Roland Guerin-Bass ; Jason Marsalis-Drums
CD/Album: New Orleans Meets Harlem, Volume 1
Record co./Cat #: J-Master Records 85573
Release Year: 2009


Artist Name: Thelonious Monk
Composer: Thelonious Monk
Soloists: Thelonious Monk-Piano ; Charlie Rouse-Tenor Sax ; Ben Riley-Drums
CD/Album: Monk
Record co./Cat #: Columbia/Legacy
Release Year: 1964
Note: Birthday: Charlie Rouse 4.6.1924


Spot Five Blues
Artist Name: Randy Weston
Composer: Randy Weston, Kenny Dorham
Soloists: Randy Weston-Piano ; Coleman Hawkins-Tenor Sax ; Kenny Dorham-Trumpet
CD/Album: Mosaic Select: Randy Weston
Record co./Cat #: Mosaic Select 004
Release Year: 1959
Note: Birthday: Randy Weston 4.6.1926


A Cold Wind Is Blowing
Artist Name: The Modern Jazz Quartet
Composer: John Lewis
Soloists: Connie Kay-Drums ; John Lewis-Piano ; Milt Jackson-Vibes
CD/Album: Odds Against Tomorrow
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 7 93415-2
Release Year: 1959
Note: Birthday: Connie Kay 4.7.1927


Artist Name: Ahmad Jamal
Composer: Billy Reid
Soloists: Ahmad Jamal-Piano ; Herlin Riley-Drums
CD/Album: Blue Moon: The New York Session
Record co./Cat #: Jazz Village 570001
Release Year: 2012
Note: New


Cakewalking Babies
Artist Name: Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses
Composer: C. Williams, B. Smith
Soloists: Aurora Nealand-Soprano Sax ; Tom McDermott-Piano
CD/Album: A Tribute To Sidney Bechet
Record co./Cat #: www.auroranealand.com
Release Year: 2011


On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Artist Name: John Autin
Composer: Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh
Soloists: John Autin-Piano, Vocals ; Herlin Riley-Drums ; Roland Guerin-Bass
CD/Album: Piano Town
Record co./Cat #: Rabadash Records
Release Year: 2012


Matzoh Balls
Artist Name: Paul Shapiro's Ribs And Brisket Revue
Composer: Gaillard, Squires
CD/Album: Essen
Record co./Cat #: Tzadik 8126
Release Year: 2008


Mary, Don't You Weep
Artist Name: The Campbell Brothers
Composer: Trad.
Soloists: Katie Jackson-Vocals
CD/Album: Pass Me Not
Record co./Cat #: Arhoolie 461
Release Year: 1997


African Sunrise
Artist Name: Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Sextet
Composer: Randy Weston
Soloists: Randy Weston-Piano
CD/Album: The Storyteller
Record co./Cat #: Motema Music 51
Release Year: 2010
Note: Birthday: Randy Weston 4.6.1926


Artist Name: Freddie Hubbard
Composer: Clifford Brown
Soloists: Freddie Hubbard-Trumpet
CD/Album: The Best Of Freddie Hubbard - The Blue Note Years
Record co./Cat #: Blue Note Records 7-93202-2
Release Year: 1985
Note: Birthday: Freddie Hubbard 4.7.1938


Up Jumped Spring
Artist Name: Freddie Hubbard & The New Jazz Composers Octet
Composer: Freddie Hubbard
Soloists: Freddie Hubbard-Flugelhorn
CD/Album: On The Real Side
Record co./Cat #: Times Square Records 1810
Release Year: 2008
Note: Birthday: Freddie Hubbard 4.7.1938


Human Nature [trio extension]
Artist Name: Vijay Iyer Trio
Composer: Steve Porcaro, John Bettis
Soloists: Vijay Iyer-Piano
CD/Album: Accelerando
Record co./Cat #: ACT Music 9524-2
Release Year: 2012
Note: New


Perpetual Motion
Artist Name: Donny McCaslin
Composer: Donny McCaslin
Soloists: Donny McCaslin-Tenor Sax ; Uri Caine-Fender Rhodes, Piano ; Antonio Sanchez-Drums
CD/Album: Perpetual Motion
Record co./Cat #: Greenleaf Music 00017
Release Year: 2010


Song For Balkis
Artist Name: Billy Hart
Composer: Billy Hart
Soloists: Billy Hart-Drums ; Mark Turner-Tenor Sax ; Ethan Iverson-Piano
CD/Album: All Our Reasons
Record co./Cat #: ECM 2248
Release Year: 2012
Note: New


Days Of Dilbert Delaney
Artist Name: Brad Mehldau Trio
Composer: Brad Mehldau
Soloists: Brad Mehldau-Piano
CD/Album: Ode
Record co./Cat #: Nonesuch 529689-2
Release Year: 2012
Note: New


I Didn't Know What Time It Was
Artist Name: Billie Holiday
Composer: Rodgers & Hart
Soloists: Billie Holiday-Vocals ; Ben Webster-Tenor Sax ; Jimmy Rowles-Piano
CD/Album: Songs For Distingue Lovers
Record co./Cat #: Verve 815 055-2
Release Year: 1957
Note: Birthday: Billie Holiday 4.7.1915
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