Today in History: Miles Davis born in 1926

Today in History: Miles Davis born in 1926

93 years ago today, American jazz legend, Miles Dewey Davis III, was born in Alton, Illinois. Davis was among the most influential figures in the history of jazz music and 20th century music. His five-decade career kept him at the forefront of a number of major stylistic developments in jazz.

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Today in History: Bob Dylan born in 1941

Today in History: Bob Dylan born in 1941
Happy Birthday! The American music icon is celebrating his 78th birthday today.

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Today is International Jazz Day!

Today is International Jazz Day!

When Louis Armstrong was asked what the definition of jazz was, he famously replied, “If you’ve got to ask, you’ll never know.” Today is a worldwide day of celebration of jazz and its unique history. The official birthplace of jazz is New Orleans, although some say it began in Chicago or Kansas City. Jazz music combines traditional African American and European music styles. As jazz music caught on worldwide, it took hints from many different national and regional cultures to become what it is today. There are dozens of jazz genres including bebop, Dixieland, Latin, ragtime, soul, and swing. International Jazz Day was created in 1991 by musician D. Michael Denny, at which time a statement was recorded by the U.S. Congressional Record to officially recognize this day. To enjoy International Jazz Day, sit back, relax, and listen to your favorite jazz tunes!

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Today in History: Rolling Stones release debut album in 1964

Today in History: Rolling Stones release debut album in 1964

The album The Rolling Stones, released in the United States with the added title “England’s Newest Hit Makers”, topped the UK charts for twelve weeks.

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Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

Today in History: Aretha Franklin born in 1942

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American soul and R&B singer often referred to as “Queen of Soul.” She was best known for her songs “Respect,” “Think,” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman.” Franklin is one of the most honored artists by the Grammy Awards, with 18 competitive Grammys and two honorary Grammys. In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She died in her home in Detroit in August 2018.

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Happy 89th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Happy 89th Birthday, Günther Kieser !

Günther Kieser was born in 1930 in Kronberg, near Frankfurt. Trained at the Werkkunstschule in Offenbach, Kieser began his career as a free-lance artist in 1949 and founded a studio with Hans Michel in 1952. The two artists worked on projects for the German Mail Service and the Hesse radio network and started creating posters for Lippmann & Rau, founders of the first German Jazz concert agencies. Over the next decade, Kieser and Michel would design posters for the concerts by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, and John Coltrane.

When his partnership with Michel ended in 1962, Kieser continued to work primarily for Lippmann & Rau, producing posters that would become fixtures in the music scene. His posters were displayed in concert halls, bars and on billboards. The artist is perhaps most famous for his 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience poster which became a symbol for a new generation.

Kieser joined the Deutscher Werkbund (German Work Federation) in 1956 and became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1964. In 1981, he became a professor for Visual Communication at the Bergische Universität in Wuppertal, a position he held until 1992. Kieser has won numerous international awards, his work has been exhibited worldwide and his posters are part of every important museum collection..

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Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

Today in History: Nat King Cole was born in 1917

American jazz musician Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole, was born 102 years ago today. Cole became famous as a singer and jazz pianist. He was one of the first African Americans to host his own national television show, The Nat King Cole Show. He grew up in in Chicago where he was strongly influenced by the pianist Earl Hines. In Los Angeles, Cole formed his first jazz trio with Oscar Moore on guitar and Wesley Prince on bass. In 1946, Cole’s recording of Mel Torme’s “The Christmas Song” made him an immediate star. Songs like “Nature Boy” (1948), “Mona Lisa” (1950) or “Unforgettable” (1951) established him as a leading force in popular music throughout the 1940s and 1950s. His recordings remained popular worldwide after his death from lung cancer in February 1965.

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