August 15 Birthdays

Famous African Americans born on August 15:

Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist and composer:



Vernon Jordan, lawyer and civil rights leader:


Maxine Waters, Congresswoman:


Born on this day: Benny Carter

Born on this day, Benny Carter, jazz musician.  Read about this phenomenal musician here:



Born on this day. . .

Rahsaan Roland Kirk:

and Ralph Johnson Bunche:


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:

and Robert Purvis:

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:



Georgia Music Magazine:


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:



Kennedy Center:,

Youtube videos: , “Giant Steps”, “How High the Moon”, Medley

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:



Youtube videos: “Cherokee”, “Freedom Now”