Kool & the Gang, jazz musicians, is the optic that identifies the era of the 70s and 80s. There was great unrest in the country because of the war in Southeast Asia and the tidal wave of civil unrest following the Kent State confrontation with the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970. In 1969, Kool and the Gang produced three hit singles on the pop and R&B charts of Billboard magazine. This was the beginning of the "Kool" act that would be hard to follow.
The idea of creating music began in 1964 with Robert Bell who was only 13 at the time, his brother Ronald and five school friends in Jersey City, New Jersey. They created a band called Jazziacs, an instrumental band.
The band stayed on the move and in 1974, released two pace-setting albums, "Light Of The World" and "Spirit Of The Boogie" In 1979, J.T. Taylor joined the band as lead singer. Around this time, the band started working with the offshore influence of Brazillian fusion musician, Eumir Deodato as producer.
Kool And The Gang began to gravitate away from funk and set their course to rhythm & blues and pop music. What resulted from the Brazilian influence were The songs "Ladies' Night" and "Too Hot" were hits and the album was certified platinum by the RIAA.
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The 1980s continued the arc with the compositions of "Big Fun", "Get Down on It", and "Joanna". The album, Emergency released in 1984, yielded four Top 20 pop hits, including "Fresh" and "Cherish".
Louis Armstrong is remembered as a towering influence in the community of music lovers. He was born August 4, 1901. Nicknamed Satchmo, Satch or Pops. Known as an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and singer, Louis also was an occasional actor. His career covered five decades from the early 1920s to the 1960s.
By virtue of the content of his character, Armstrong was one of the first African-American entertainers to cross the skin color divide that existed in America at the time. To the dismay of many, he avoided publically politicizing his race but stood up for the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock.
By 1920, a younger generation of players, born after 1900, was emerging, and one name above all others began to be mentioned after 1918 when he first started appearing with Kid Ory's band: a talented trumpeter named Louis Armstrong.
The year 1928 was Armstrong's last full one in Chicago before he moved to New York, an…
Damien Escobar, also known as Dame Esco, is an American violinist. He was previously in the duo Nuttin' But Stringz with his brother Tourie, but has been a solo artist since 2012. His "crossover violin" musical style consists of a mix of classical, jazz, pop, R&B, and hip hop.
As kids Damien and Tourie worked as street musicians, playing at Grand Central Station and on the New York City subways. In 2003, they began playing professionally under the name Nuttin' But Stringz. In 2005, Nuttin' But Stringz won a talent contest at the Apollo Theater. In 2006, Escobar appeared in the film Step Up. Nuttin' But Stringz took third place in the 2008 season of America's Got Talent. They performed at the First inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 and won two Emmys. In 2012, Nuttin' But Stringz separated. Escobar returned to school and got his real estate license…
Billie Holiday, jazz singer, probably best known for the song, "Strange Fruit", was born in 1915. The world enjoyed her work, music, and rare talent for nearly thirty years. Her vocal delivery and improvisational skills, not common in the jazz world, was considered an evolution in the art of jazz composition. At the tender age of eighteen, she was already the headline singing in small clubs in Harlem.
In 1935, Billie Holiday began recording with pianist Teddy Wilson. They put together several small jazz groups that included some of the best musicians in New York like Lester Young, Benny Goodman, and Ben Webster.
In late 1937, Holiday had a brief stint as a big-band vocalist with Count Basie. The traveling conditions of the band were often poor; they performed many one-nighters in clubs, moving from city to city with little stability.
Holiday chose the songs she sang and had a hand in the arrangements, I Must Have That Man", "Tra…