Al Grey


Al Grey | KMUW | tc575

Trombonist Al Grey was born in Aldie, Virginia on June 6, 1925 and died of complications from diabetes on March 24, 2000. In World War II he served in the Navy and started playing the trombone. After his discharge he joined Benny Carter’s band before joining the trombone section of Lionel Hampton’s band. He also played with Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy McGriff, Ray Charles and Quincy Jones.

Oliver Nelson


Oliver Nelson | The Jazz Record / Jan Persson | tc574

Jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, and bandleader Oliver Nelson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 4, 1932 and died on October 28, 1975 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California.

He began playing piano age 6 and the saxophone when he was 11. He played in the Louis Jordan band from 1950 to 1951, where he also took up arranging music. In 1952 he did military service in the Marines, playing woodwinds in the 3rd Division band in Japan and Korea. His album The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1960) is held to be among the most significant recordings of its era.

Mamie Galore

In Performance


Mamie Galore Davis | Copyright control | tc483

Mamie Galore Davis was born on September 24, 1940 and died on October 6, 2001 of a stroke.

She toured with Little Milton and Ike & Tina Turner before signing to St. Lawrence Records in Chicago. Her 1966 recording ‘It Ain’t Necessary’ was a local hit. She moved to California where she continued to write and record Blues songs. Mamie recorded ‘No Right to Cry’ and duetted with her songwriting partner Dee Irwin for Imperial Records. In 1972 she became a music teacher in the Southern states, and was known as ‘The Soul Queen of Greenville’. On some recordings she is credited as Mamie P. Galore.

The Kolettes

The Kolettes are thought to have been Theresa Cleveland and Ann Gissendanner (sometimes known as The Soul Sisters). Photos of “The Kolettes” show four young ladies, adding to the confusion. Can anyone confirm, please?

Jimmy Bowman


Jimmy Bowman | 15354

Jimmy Bowman is the influential jazz and blues pianist Jimmy Bowman, who is pictured. Jimmy Bowman was born in 1918 at Lake Charles, Louisiana, and died in 1992 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With grateful thanks and warm regards to Mr J Bowman Jnr for the information.