August 15 Birthdays

Famous African Americans born on August 15:

Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer:

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/oscar-peterson-mn0000489316

http://www.npr.org/2008/05/16/17622315/oscar-peterson-on-piano-jazz

http://jazz-piano.org/pianists/oscar-peterson/

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/oscar-peterson/

 

 

Vernon Jordan, lawyer and civil rights leader: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/jordan-vernon-e-1935

http://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/vernon-e-jordan-jr

 

Maxine Waters, Congresswoman:

https://waters.house.gov/

https://waters.house.gov/about-maxine/biography

Born on this day. . .

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: http://www.rahsaanfilm.com/

http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/music/q-and-a/a45357/rahsaan-roland-kirk-the-case-of-the-three-sided-dream/

https://jazztimes.com/features/rahsaan-roland-kirk-the-cult-of-kirk/

http://rahsaanrolandkirk.jazzgiants.net/

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/rahsaan-roland-kirk-mn0000864257

and Ralph Johnson Bunche:

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1950/bunche-bio.html

https://www.biography.com/people/ralph-bunche-9231128?_escaped_fragment_=

http://www.pbs.org/ralphbunche/education/teach_biog.html

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/bunche-ralph-j-ca-1903-1971

http://www.theroot.com/ralph-bunche-a-diplomat-who-would-not-negotiate-on-rac-1790854168

 

Born on August 4

Daniel Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter known for such hits as “Hello Dolly” and “It’s a Wonderful World”. Read more about this pioneer musician here: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/armstrong-louis-daniel-1901-1971

http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/louis-armstrong-302.php

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/louis-armstrong-about-louis-armstrong/528/

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/louis-armstrong-mn0000234518/biography

https://www.biography.com/people/louis-armstrong-9188912

and Robert Purvis:

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/purvis-robert-1810-1898

http://aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/robert-purvis-was-dedicated-abolitionist

https://revolvy.com/topic/Robert%20Purvis&item_type=topic

June 29 Artist of the Day: Reverend Thomas Andrew Dorsey

June 29 Artist of the Day is Reverend Thomas Andrew Dorsey.  He became known as the “Father of Gospel Music”.  Read about this fascinating artist here:

NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5152069

PBS: http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/people/thomas_dorsey.html

Georgia Music Magazine: http://georgiamusicmag.com/the-life-and-legacy-of-the-rev-thomas-andrew-dorsey/

Youtubevideo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJsV495hYhEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEosw5GUCzQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d7foVat8xk

June 28 Artist of the Day: Betty Carter

Betty Carter is June 28 Artist of the day.  She is a jazz and blues singer and founder of Jazz Ahead Program.  Read about this multitalented vocalist here:

AllMusic: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/betty-carter-mn0000048908

NPR: http://www.npr.org/artists/93579473/betty-carterhttp://www.npr.org/2008/08/14/93572181/betty-carter-fiercely-individual

Kennedy Center: https://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/jazz/jazzahead/, http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=9799&source_type=B

Youtube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6yvktTx2Ug: , “Giant Steps” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4AyCqCHCK0, “How High the Moon” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFywEM5tGOY, Medley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iemkYXz8UNs

June 27 Artist of the Day: Max Roach

Max Roach is June 27 Artist of the day. He was a jazz drummer, and married to Abbey Lincoln.  Read about this influential artist here:

AllMusic: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/max-roach-mn0000396372

NPR: http://www.npr.org/artists/15622859/max-roachhttp://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2012/01/10/144900022/max-roach-drums-front-and-centerhttp://www.npr.org/2007/08/16/12862395/remembering-max-roach-rhythmic-innovator

Youtube videos: “Cherokee” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9cUWqkHCQ8, “Freedom Now” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5Dj7HQEasQ