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On March 7, 1971.

On March 7, 1971, Harold McNair died aged 39. He was musician (saxophone, flute), recorded and performed with many artists including Quincy Jones, Tony Crombie, Jack Costanzo,Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Philly Joe Jones, John Cameron, Blossom Dearie, Jon Hendricks, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Ginger Baker’s Air Force (Polydor, 1970), with Steve Winwood, Phil Seamen, Johnny Harris, Donovan, The Picadilly Line, Lionel Bart, Steamhammer, Davy Graham, John Martyn, Don Partridge, Syd Dale, Brian Bennett, Kathe Green, Alun Ashworth Jones, Magna Carta, Marc Brierley, Nick Drake – Bryter Layter, CCS, Peter Collins, Peter Collins, Rosetta Hightower, Cressida, Caetano Veloso, Alexis Korner, Seven Ages of Man and Tim Hollier. As band leader he released ten albums.

on January 11, 2021.

On January 11, 2021, Howard Lewis Johnson died aged 79. He was musician (tuba, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, trumpet), member and leader of the tuba ensembles Tuba Libre, Substructure, and Gravity. He recorded and performed with some of the world best known musicians and bands, including George Gruntz, Hank Crawford, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Hank Crawford, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp, Hank Mobley, Levon Helm, Tomasz Stanko, Gary Burton, Gábor Szabó, Bob Thiele, Charlie Haden, Jazz Composers, Andrew Hill, Leon Thomas, Johnny Coles, Taj Mahal, Charles Tolliver, The Band, Carla Bley, John Lennon, Sam Rivers, Gato Barbieri, Jaco Pastorius, Muddy Waters, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Jordan, David “Fathead” Newman,  James Taylor, Jack De Johnette, Jimmy Heath, Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, NDR Big Band, Ray Anderson, Barbara Dennerlein, John Scofield, T. S. Monk, Mario Pavone, and Chet Baker. As leader he released four albums.

In December 1960.

In December 1960, “Candid” label released “Big Brass”, the second Benny Bailey album. It was recorded in November 1960, at “Nola Penthouse Studio” in New York City, and was produced by Nat Hentoff.


  • Benny Bailey – trumpet
  • Julius Watkins – French horn 
  • Phil Woods – alto saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Les Spann – guitar, flute
  • Tommy Flanagan – piano
  • Buddy Catlett – bass
  • Art Taylor – drums

Track listing:

  1. Hard Sock Dance – Quincy Jones
  2. Alison – Hale Smith
  3. Tipsy – Oliver Nelson
  4. Please Say Yes – Tom McIntosh
  5. A Kiss to Build a Dream On – Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Oscar Hammerstein II
  6. Maud’s Mood – Benny Bailey

On December 18, 2011.

On December 18, 2011, Ralph Anthony MacDonald died aged 67. He was musician (percussion, steelpan), songwriter, arranger, record producer, and philanthropist. His best known compositions are “Where Is the Love”, a “Grammy Award” winner for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway duet), “Just the Two of Us” (recorded by Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr.), and “Mister Magic” (recorded by Grover Washington Jr.). MacDonald was member of the bands Desperadoes Steel Orchestra,  Steelband Panorama, and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He recorded with many famous musicians including David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Carole King, Miriam Makeba, David Sanborn, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Luther Vandross, Amy Winehouse, Bob James, Ashford and Simpson, and The Brothers Johnson. As a leader MacDonald released ten albums.

On December 9, 2010.

On December 9, 2010, James Moody died aged 85. He was musician (saxophone, flute) and singer, best known for his work in bebop and hard bop Jazz. He recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz music including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Jon Faddis, Eddie Jefferson, Johnny Coles, Todd Coolman, Rufus Reid, Gil Fuller, Milt Jackson, Dexter Gordon, Elvin Jones, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Lalo Schifrin, Bobby Thimons, Cedar Walton, Tubby Hayes, and Roberta Gambarini. In 2011, Moody posthumously won “Grammy Award” for “Best Jazz Instrumental album”, for his album “Moody 4B”. The “New Jersey Performing Arts Center” hosts the “James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival”. As a leader Moody released 44 albums.

In December 1959.

In December 1959, “Mercury” label released “The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones”, the sixth Quincy Jones album. It was recorded in November 1959, at “Fine Recording” in New York City, and was produced by Qunicy Jones.


  • Quincy Jones – conductor
  • Art Farmer, Lennie Johnson, Jimmy Maxwell, Lee Morgan, Ernie Royal, Nick Travis – trumpet
  • Billy Byers, Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Frank Rehak – trombone
  • Julius Watkins – French horn
  • Porter Kilbert, Phil Woods – alto saxophone
  • Budd Johnson – tenor saxophone
  • Jerome Richardson – tenor saxophone, flute, piccolo
  • Sahib Shihab – baritone saxophone
  • Patti Bown – piano
  • Les Spann – guitar, flute
  • Buddy Jones, Buddy Catlett – bass
  • Don Lamond – drums
  • Ralph Burns, Al Cohn, Bill Potts, Ernie Wilkins – arranger

Track listing:

  1. Lester Leaps In – Lester Young
  2. Ghana – Ernie Wilkins
  3. Caravan – Juan Tizol, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills
  4. Everybody’s Blues – Ernie Wilkins
  5. Cherokee (Indian Love Song) – Ray Noble
  6. Air Mail Special – Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Jimmy Mundy
  7. They Say It’s Wonderful – Irving Berlin
  8. Chant of the Weed – Don Redman
  9. I Never Has Seen Snow – Harold Arlen, Truman Capote
  10. Eesom – Bill Potts

On November 10, 1997.

On November 10, 1997, Thomas J. Tedesco died aged 67. He was a musician (guitar), part of the loose collective of Los Angeles area’s session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. As he played on hundreds studio recordings, “Guitar Player” magazine described him as “the most recorded guitarist in music history”. He recorded with the Beach Boys, Chet Baker, the Mamas & the Papas, the Everly Brothers, the Association, Bobby Darrin, Barbra Streisand, Jan and Dean, the 5th Dimension, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Ricky Nelson, Cher, Neil Diamond, Van Dyke Parks, Michael Franks, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Richard Harris, Peggy Lee, Johnny Rivers, Al Kooper, Michael Nesmith, Paul Anka, Don Ellis, Minnie Riperton, Maria Muldaur, Leon Russell, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, J.J. Cale, Quincy Jones, Stephen Bishop, Kenny Loggins, Jack Nitzsche, Sarah Vaughan, Lalo Schifrin, Randy Newman, Hugh Masakela, and Joan Baez. Tedesco performed on soundtracks including The French Connection, Jaws, The Godfather, Field of Dreams, and The Deer Hunter. As a leader he released ten albums.

On November 8, 1971.

On November 8, 1971, “A&M” label released “I Wrote a Simple Song”, the sixth Billy Preston studio album. It was recorded February, August and September 1971, at “A&M Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Billy Preston.


  • Billy Preston – vocals, piano, Hammond organ, keyboards
  • David T. Walker – electric guitar
  • George Harrison – guitar, dobro
  • Manuel Kellough – drums
  • King Errisson – congas, percussion
  • Rocky Peoples – tenor saxophone
  • Carlos Garnette – trumpet
  • Quincy Jones – string and horn arrangements
  • Clydie King, Douglas Gibbs, Duane Rogers, Eugene Bryant, Jesse Kirkland, Merry Clayton, Myrna Matthews, Patrice Holloway, Sherrell Atwood, Venetta Fields – backing vocals,
  • Roland Young – art direction
  • Jim McCrary – photography
  • Tommy Vicari – engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Billy Preston and Joe Green, except where noted.

  1. Should Have Known Better
  2. I Wrote a Simple Song
  3. John Henry – Billy Preston, Robert Sam
  4. Without a Song – William Rose, Edward Eliscu, Vincent Youmans
  5. The Bus
  6. Outa-Space
  7. The Looner Tune – Billy Preston, Joe Greene, Jesse Kirkland
  8. You Done Got Older – Billy Preston, Bruce Fisher
  9. Swing Down Chariot – traditional; arranged by Billy Preston, Joe Greene
  10. God Is Great
  11. My Country, ‘Tis of Thee – traditional

In october 1959.

In October 1959, “Atlantic” label released “The Genius of Ray Charles”, the seventh Ray Charles album. It was recorded May – June 1959, at “6 West Recording” in New York City, and was produced by Nesuhi Ertegün and Jerry Wexler.


  • Ray Charles – vocals, piano
  • Allen Hanlon – guitar
  • Wendell Marshall – bass guitar
  • Ted Sommer – drums
  • Clark Terry – trumpet
  • Ernie Royal – trumpet
  • Joe Newman – trumpet
  • Snooky Young – trumpet
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet
  • John Hunt – trumpet
  • Melba Liston – trombone
  • Quentin Jackson – trombone
  • Thomas Mitchell – trombone
  • Al Grey – trombone
  • Frank Wess – flute
  • Clark Terry – trumpet
  • Ernie Royal – trumpet
  • Joe Newman – trumpet
  • Snooky Young – trumpet
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet
  • John Hunt – trumpet
  • Melba Liston – trombone
  • Quentin Jackson – trombone
  • Thomas Mitchell – trombone
  • Al Grey – trombone
  • Bob Brookmeyer – valve trombone
  • Frank Wess – flute, alto and tenor saxophone
  • Marshal Royal – alto saxophone
  • Paul Gonsalves – tenor saxophone
  • Zoot Sims – tenor saxophone
  • Billy Mitchell – tenor saxophone
  • David “Fathead” Newman – tenor saxophone
  • Quincy Jones – arranger, conductor
  • Ernie Wilkins – arrangement
  • Ralph Burns – arrangements
  • Johnny Acea – arrangement
  • Al Cohn – arrangement
  • Harry Lookofsky – concertmaster
  • Ralph Burns – arranger
  • Nat Hentoff – sleeve notes
  • Bill Schwartau, Tom Dowd – recording engineer
  • Marvin Israel – cover design
  • Lee Friedlander – cover photography

Track listing:

  1. Let the Good Times Roll – Sam Theard, Fleecie Moore
  2. It Had to Be You – Gus Kahn, Isham Jones
  3. Alexander’s Ragtime Band – Irving Berlin
  4. Two Years of Torture – Percy Mayfield, Charles Joseph Morris
  5. When Your Lover Has Gone – Einar Aaron Swan
  6. Deed I Do – Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose
  7. Just for a Thrill – Lil Hardin Armstrong, Don Raye
  8. You Won’t Let Me Go – Bud Allen, Buddy Johnson
  9. Tell Me You’ll Wait for Me – Charles Brown, Oscar Moore
  10. Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Cryin’ – Joe Greene
  11. Am I Blue? – Grant Clarke, Harry Akst
  12. Come Rain or Come Shine – Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen

On July 19, 2019.

On July 19, 2019, “Hajanga Records” label released “Djesse Vol. 2”, the second album in the “Djesse” series by Jacob Collier. It was recorded in 2019 and was produced by Jacob Collier.


  • Jacob Collier – arrangements, recording, mixing
  • Kathryn Tickell – Northumbrian pipes
  • Steve Vai – electric guitar
  • Guimba Kouyate – acoustic guitar
  • Josh Arcoleo – tenor saxophone
  • Robin Mullarkey – bass
  • Pino Palladino – electric bass
  • Chris Thile – mandolin
  • James Maddren – drums
  • Sophie Collier, Suzie Collier, Becca Stevens, MARO, Hammadi Rencurrell, Barak Schmool, Bill Bland, Dave Pattman, Fabio De Oliveira – vocals
  • Adam Fell, Aleigha Durand, Alessandro Melchior, Allayna O’Quinn, Alvin Chea, Andrea Haines, André Smith, Arend Liefkes, Asya Bookal, Avery Wilson, Barak Schmool, Barney Smith, Beardyman, Becca Stevens, Ben Bloomberg, Blake Morgan , Brian Mayton, Briana Marshall, Catherina Lagredelle, Celine Sylvester, Chad Lupoe, Charlie Puth, Chesroleeysia Bobb, Chris Martin, Chris Thile, Chris Wardle, Christian Euman, Claude McKnight, Claudio Somigli, Cleavon Davis, Clyde Lawrence, Cole Henry, Cory Henry, Daniel Caesar, Danielle Cornwall, Darwin Deez, David Crosby, David Thomas , Dodie, Ellen Cockerham, Eric Whitacre, Ewa Zbyszynska, Frederick Harris, Jr., Gareth Lockrane, Genevieve Artadi, Gracie Lawrence, Greg Phillinganes, Gwilym Simcock, Haley Flemons, Hamid El Kasri, Hans Zimmer, Herbie Hancock, Holland Sampson, Jack Conte, Jake Sherman, James Maddren, James Wright, Jamie Cullum, Jason Max Ferdinand, Jason Rebello, Jasper van Rosmalen, JoJo, JoPaul Scavella, Joel Kibble, Jonah Nilsson, Jonathan Dove, Jonathan Pacey, Jordan Cohen, Jose Ortega, Josh Helfferich, Jourdan Bardo, Jules Buckley, June Lee, Kashaé Whyte, Kathryn Tickell, Keviez Wilson, Khristian Dentley, Kimbra, Kobe Brown, Kristin Hall, Laura Mvula, Leo Janssen, Leonard Brown, Lianne La Havas, Lincoln Liburd, Louis Cleare, MARO, Maia Foster, Malik George, Malik McHayle, Marissa Wright, Mark Kibble, Matthew Celia, Matthew Cordner, Merrill Garbus, Michael LaTorre, Michael League, Michael Peha, Mischa Stevens, Murk Jiskoot, Mykel Inez, Naomi Parchment, Nataly Dawn, Natrickie Louissaint, Nick Smart, Nicola Hadley, Nikki Yanofsky, Noah Simon, Oumou Sangare, Patricia Williams , Pedro Martins, Pete Churchill, Quincy Jones, Rob Clark, Robert Watts, Robin Mullarkey, Rocky Borders, Roddley Point-du-Jour, Ruben Margarita, Sam Amidon, Sam Dressel, Sam Wilkes, Samella Carryl, Sophie Collier, Steve Mulligan, Steve Vai, Sumner Becker, Suzie Collier, Tank, Terell Francis-Clarke, Thomas Gould, Tom Cawley, Tom Misch, Tori Kelly, Ty$, Umar Hossain, Zaren Bennett – choir (Moon River)
  • Caroline Dearnley, David Cohen, Magnus Johnston, Max Baillie, Ruth Gibson, Thomas Gould – strings
  • Fiona Cruickshank – engineer
  • James Yost – engineer
  • Aviv Cohen – engineer
  • Tom Chichester-Clark – engineer
  • Emily Lazar – mastering
  • Joe Zook – mixing
  • Ben Bloomberg – mixing
  • Astrig Akseralian – artwork
  • Brock Lefferts – design

Track listing:

All tracks by Jacob Collier, except when noted.

  1. Intro
  2. Sky Above
  3. Bakumbe
  4. Make Me Cry
  5. Moon River – Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
  6. Feel
  7. A Noite (interlude)
  8. Lua
  9. I Heard You Singing
  10. I Don’t Matter
  11. Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison
  12. Dun Dun Ba Ba – interlude
  13. Nebaluyo
  14. Do You Feel Love
  15. Outro
  16. Time to Rest Your Weary Head