Abe Lyman Abe Lyman (August 4, 1897 - October 23, 1957) was a popular bandleader from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Adrian Rollini Adrian Francis Rollini was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played the bass saxophone, piano, xylophone, and many other instruments. Rollini is also known for introducing the goofus in jazz music.
Al Hirt Al Hirt (November 7, 1922 – April 27, 1999) was an American trumpeter and bandleader.
Al Sears Al Sears (February 21, 1910, Macomb, Illinois-March 23, 1990, New York City) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader.
Alex Hyde Alex Hyde (February 17, 1898 – July 7, 1956) was an American jazz bandleader and violinist.
Alphonse Trent Alphonse "Alphonso" Trent (August 24, 1905 – October 14, 1959) was an American jazz pianist and territory band leader.
Alvino Rey Alvin McBurney (July 1, 1908 – February 2, 2004), known by his stage name Alvino Rey, was an American swing era musician and pioneer, often credited as the father of the pedal steel g...
Andrew Cyrille Andrew Charles Cyrille (born November 10, 1939) is an avant-garde jazz drummer.
Andy Kirk Andrew Dewey Kirk was a jazz saxophonist and tubist best known as a bandleader of the "Twelve Clouds of Joy," popular during the swing era.
Andy Kirk (musician) Andrew Dewey Kirk (May 28, 1898 – December 11, 1992) was a jazz saxophonist and tubist best known as a bandleader of the "Twelve Clouds of Joy," popular during the swing era.
Anna Mae Winburn Anna Mae Winburn, née Darden (August 13, 1913 - September 30, 1999) was an African-American vocalist and jazz bandleader who flourished beginning in the mid-1930s.
Anthony A. Mitchell Lieutenant Commander Anthony A. Mitchell, born Antonio Alberto Miceli, was an American clarinetist, composer and conductor who led the United States Navy Band from 1962 until his retiremen...
Anthony Lacen Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen (September 15, 1950 - January 11, 2004) was a jazz tubist and band leader.
Antonio Ciacca Antonio Ciacca is an Italian-American jazz pianist and Instructor at the Juilliard School.
Armand J. Piron Armand John "A.J." Piron (August 16, 1888 – February 17, 1943) was an American jazz violinist, band leader, and composer.
Art Blakey Arthur "Art" Blakey (October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990), known later as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer and bandleader.
Artie Shaw Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, and bandleader.
Arturo O'Farrill Arturo O'Farrill is a pianist and composer, the son of Latin jazz musician, arranger and bandleader Chico O'Farrill.
Austin Wylie Austin Wylie (1893 - December 7, 1947) was an American jazz bandleader.
Barney Rapp Barney Rapp (March 25, 1900 – October 12, 1970) was an American orchestra leader and jazz musician from 1920s to the 1940s.
Barrie Lee Hall, Jr. Barrie Lee Hall Jr. was a trumpeter, music director and band leader of the Duke Ellington Small Band, and was highly regarded for his use of the plunger mute to affect the tone of his trumpet.
Ben Pollack Ben Pollack (June 22, 1903 - June 7, 1971) was an American drummer and bandleader from the mid-1920s through the swing era.
Benny Goodman Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing".
Bert Kelly (jazz musician) Bert Kelly was an American musician, who pioneered jazz as a banjoist, bandleader, educator, promoter, night club owner, and night club operator. After professional stints in Seattle and San Francisco, Kelly moved to Chicago in 1914 where he flourished a banjoist, bandleader, and promoter.
Bert Patrick Bert Patrick (né Bertram Arthur Patrick; 5 April 1912 Denver – 4 March 1998 Lakeside, Berrien County, Michigan) was an American bandleader, saxophonist, songwriter, and arranger who fl...
Bill Evans William John Evans, known as Bill Evans, was an American jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, and is considered by some to have been the most influential post-World War II jazz pianist.
Bill Finegan William James Finegan (3 April 1917 – 4 June 2008) was an American jazz bandleader, pianist, arranger, and composer.
Bill Hughes (musician) William Henry "Bill" Hughes (born March 28, 1930) is an American jazz trombonist and bandleader.
Bill Ramsay William George Ramsay is an American jazz saxophonist and band leader based in Seattle.
Billie Rogers Billie Rogers (née Zelda Louise Smith (born May 31, 1917 North Plains, Oregon) is an American jazz trumpet player and singer who was a member of the trumpet section and featured solois...
Billy Eckstine William Clarence 'Billy' Eckstine (July 8, 1914 – March 8, 1993) was an American singer of ballads and a bandleader of the swing era.
Bob Brookmeyer Robert Edward Brookmeyer (December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011) was an American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer.
Bob Chester Bob Chester (March 20, 1908 — June 14, 1977) was an American jazz and pop music bandleader and tenor saxophonist.
Bob Curnow Bob Curnow (born November 1, 1941) is an American musician who served as a trombonist, staff arranger and producer for the Stan Kenton Orchestra during the 1960s and 1970s.
Bob Florence Bob Florence (May 20, 1932 – May 15, 2008) was an American jazz arranger and pianist.
Bob Mintzer Bob Mintzer is a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, and big band leader based in Los Angeles, California.
Bobby Previte Robert "Bobby" Previte (born July 16, 1951, Niagara Falls, New York) is a drummer, composer and bandleader.
Bobby Rosengarden Robert Marshall (Bobby) Rosengarden (April 23, 1924 – February 27, 2007, Sarasota, Florida) was a jazz drummer, percussionist and bandleader.
Boyd Raeburn Albert Boyd Raeburn (October 27, 1913 – August 2, 1966) was an American jazz bandleader and bass saxophonist.
Brent Fischer Brent Fischer is an American composer, arranger, bandleader, bass guitarist and percussionist.
Bud Freeman Lawrence "Bud" Freeman (April 13, 1906 – March 15, 1991) was an American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer, known mainly for playing the tenor saxophone, but also able at the clarinet.
Buddy Banks (saxophonist) Ulysses "Buddy" Banks (October 3, 1909, Dallas - September 7, 1991, Desert Hot Springs, California) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, pianist, and bandleader.
Buddy Bolden Charles Joseph "Buddy" Bolden (September 6, 1877 – November 4, 1931) was an African-American cornetist and is regarded by contemporaries as a key figure in the development of a New Orleans...
Buddy DeFranco Boniface Ferdinand Leonard "Buddy" DeFranco (born February 17, 1923) is an American jazz clarinet player.
Buddy Morrow Buddy Morrow (born Muni Zudekoff, aka Moe Zudekoff; February 8, 1919, New Haven, Connecticut – September 27, 2010) was an American trombonist and bandleader.
Buddy Rich Bernard "Buddy" Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
Buster Williams Charles Anthony "Buster" Williams (born April 17, 1942, Camden, New Jersey, United States) is an American jazz bassist.
Cab Calloway Cabell "Cab" Calloway III (December 25, 1907 – November 18, 1994) was a jazz singer and bandleader.
Cannonball Adderley Julian Edwin "Cannonball" Adderley (September 15, 1928 – August 8, 1975) was a jazz alto saxophonist of the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.
Carla Bley Carla Bley, née Borg (born May 11, 1936), is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and bandleader.
Cecil Scott Cecil Scott (November 22, 1905, Springfield, Ohio - January 5, 1964, New York City) was an American jazz clarinetist, tenor saxophonist, and bandleader.
Cee Pee Johnson Cee Pee Johnson (born 1918) was an American jazz drummer and vocalist.
Charles Mingus Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader.
Charley Straight Charles Theodore Straight, better known as Charley Straight, was an American pianist, bandleader and composer.
Charlie Barnet Charles Daly Barnet (October 26, 1913 – September 4, 1991) was an American jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader.
Charlie Creath Charles Cyril "Charlie" Creath (December 30, 1890, Ironton, Missouri – October 23, 1951, Chicago) was an American jazz trumpeter, saxophonist, accordionist, and bandleader.
Charlie Elgar Charles Anthony "Charlie" Elgar (June 13, 1879, New Orleans, Louisiana – August 1973, Chicago, Illinois) was an American jazz bandleader.
Charlie Gaines Charlie H. "Devil" Gaines was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Charlie Johnson (bandleader) Charlie "Fess" Johnson (November 21, 1891, Philadelphia – December 13, 1959, New York City) was an American jazz bandleader and pianist.
Charlie Ventura Charlie Ventura (born Charles Venturo; December 2, 1916 – January 17, 1992) was a tenor saxophonist and bandleader.
Chick Webb William Henry Webb, usually known as Chick Webb (February 10, 1905 – June 16, 1939) was an American jazz and swing music drummer as well as a band leader.
Chico O'Farrill Arturo "Chico" O'Farrill (October 28, 1921 in Havana, Cuba - June 27, 2001 in New York City, New York, USA) was a composer, arranger, conductor, best known for his work in the Latin idiom, although he also composed straight-ahead jazz pieces and even symphonic works.
Chuck Cabot Chuck Cabot (né Carlos Guillermo Cascales; 16 May 1915 Querétaro, Mexico – 27 December 2007) was an American saxophonist and big band leader.
Clarence Williams (musician) Clarence Williams (October 8, 1893 – November 6, 1965) was an American jazz pianist, composer, promoter, vocalist, theatrical producer, and publisher.
Claude Hopkins Claude Driskett Hopkins (August 24, 1903 – February 19, 1984) was an American jazz stride pianist and bandleader.
Claude Thornhill Claude Thornhill (August 10, 1908 at Terre Haute, Indiana – July 1, 1965, New Jersey) was an American pianist, arranger, composer, and bandleader.
Clyde Reasinger Clyde Reasinger (né Clyde Melvin Reasinger; born 1927) is an American trumpeter known for his work in big bands and recording studios.
Count Basie William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.
Craig Ball Craig Ball is an American, swing clarinet player and leader of the White Heat Swing Orchestra.
Craig Ball (musician) Craig Ball is an American, swing clarinet player and leader of the White Heat Swing Orchestra.
Curtis Mosby Curtis J. Mosby (July 7, 1888, Kansas City, Missouri – June 25, 1957, San Francisco) was an American jazz drummer, bandleader, and businessman.
Dafnis Prieto Dafnis Prieto (born July 31, 1974) is a Cuban-American bandleader, composer, drummer and educator.
Dan Terry Dan Terry (December 22, 1924 – December 27, 2011) was an American big band leader, arranger, and trumpet and flugelhorn player, who appeared in Birdland with Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Chr...
Danny Mixon Daniel Asbury Mixon (born August 19, 1949 in Harlem, New York City) is an American jazz pianist.
Darcy James Argue Darcy James Argue (born May 23, 1975) is a Canadian jazz composer and bandleader.
Darren Barrett Darren Barrett is a Canadian jazz musician who won the 1997 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and teaches at Berklee College of Music.
Dave Pell David Pell (born February 26, 1925) is an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader born in New York City.
David W. Tucker David W. Tucker (1929–2003) was a jazz trombonist, music educator, composer of band and orchestral music, record producer, and marching band arranger, most renowned as the director of the Univer...
Derrick Gardner Derrick Gardner (born June 3, 1965) is an American jazz trumpeter from Chicago, Illinois.
Dick Berk Richard Alan "Dick" Berk (May 22, 1939 – February 8, 2014) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
Dick Crest Richard "Dick" Crest (1930-2010) was a longtime member of the music department faculty at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, California.
Dick Jurgens Dick Henry Jurgens (January 9, 1910 – October 5, 1995) was an American swing music bandleader, who enjoyed great popularity in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
Dick Stabile Dick Stabile was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader.
Dizzy Gillespie John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer.
Doc Cheatham Adolphus Anthony Cheatham, better known as Doc Cheatham (June 13, 1905 – June 2, 1997), was a jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader.
Doc Cook Charles L. Cooke (September 3, 1891 – December 25, 1958) was an American jazz bandleader and arranger, who performed and recorded under the stage name Doc Cook.
Doc Severinsen Carl Hilding "Doc" Severinsen (born July 7, 1927) is an American pop and jazz trumpeter.
Dominick Farinacci Dominick Farinacci is a prominent American jazz trumpeter, composer, and big band leader, is currently signed to major label E1 Music.
Don Albert Albert Anité Dominique, better known by his stage name Don Albert (August 5, 1908, New Orleans - March 4, 1980, San Antonio, Texas) was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Don Ellis Don Ellis (July 25, 1934 – December 17, 1978) was an American jazz trumpeter, drummer, composer and bandleader.
Don Friedman Donald Ernest Friedman (born May 4, 1935 in San Francisco California), better known as Don Friedman, is a jazz pianist.
Don Redman Donald Matthew Redman (July 29, 1900 – November 30, 1964) was an American jazz musician, arranger, bandleader and composer.
Donn Trenner Donald "Donn" Trenner (born March 10, 1927) is an American jazz pianist and arranger born in New Haven, Connecticut.
Earle Howard Earle Howard was an American jazz guitarist, pianist, and vocalist.
Earle Spencer Earle R. Spencer (born 1926) was an American trombonist and leader of a big band bearing his name — Earle Spencer and His Orchestra.
Ed Kirkeby Ed Kirkeby (10 October 1891 – June 12, 1978) bandleader, vocalist, manager, and salesman, is best remembered as the manager of Fats Waller.
Eddie Condon Albert Edwin Condon (November 16, 1905 – August 4, 1973), better known as Eddie Condon, was a jazz banjoist, guitarist, and bandleader.
Eddie Higgins Edward Haydn Higgins (February 21, 1932 - August 31, 2009) was a jazz pianist, composer and orchestrator.
Edgar Hayes Edgar Hayes (May 23, 1904, Lexington, Kentucky – June 28, 1979, San Bernardino, California) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader.
Edward Wilkerson Edward L. Wilkerson, Jr.,, is an internationally recognized American jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator based in Chicago.
Elliot Lawrence Elliot Lawrence (born Elliott Lawrence Broza, February 14, 1925) is an American jazz pianist and bandleader.
Ernest "Doc" Paulin Ernest "Doc" Paulin (June 22, 1907 – November 20, 2007) was a New Orleans jazz brass band leader and trumpeter.
Ernie Wilkins Ernest Brooks Wilkins Jr. (July 20, 1919 – June 5, 1999) was a jazz arranger and writer who also played tenor saxophone.
Erskine Hawkins Erskine Ramsay Hawkins (July 26, 1914 – November 11, 1993) was an American trumpet player and big band leader from Birmingham, Alabama, dubbed "The 20th Century Gabriel".
Erskine Tate Erskine Tate was an American jazz violinist and bandleader.
Fate Marable Fate Marable was a jazz pianist and bandleader.
Fats Pichon Walter "Fats" Pichon was a jazz pianist, singer, bandleader, and songwriter.
Fletcher Henderson James Fletcher Hamilton Henderson, Jr. (December 18, 1897 – December 29, 1952) was an American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and...
Frank Froeba Frank Froeba or Froba (August 1907, New Orleans - February 16, 1981, Miami) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader.
Frank Wess Frank Wellington Wess (January 4, 1922 – October 30, 2013) was an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.
Fred Rich Frederic Efrem "Fred" Rich (January 31, 1898 – September 8, 1956) was a Polish-born American bandleader and composer who was active from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Freddie Kohlman Freddie Kohlman (August 25, 1918 - September 29, 1990) was an American jazz drummer, vocalist, and bandleader who was a native of New Orleans.
Gap Mangione Gaspare "Gap" Mangione is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader from Rochester, New York, United States.
Gary Guthman Gary Guthman is an American jazz musician from Portland Oregon.
Gene Kardos Gene Kardos (June 12, 1899-July 27, 1980) was leader of a jazz and dance orchestra starting in 1931 and running through 1938.
Gene Krupa Eugene Bertram "Gene" Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an American jazz and big band drummer, actor and composer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style.
Gene Rodemich Eugene Frederick (Gene) Rodemich (born April 13, 1890, St Louis, Missouri, died February 27, 1934, New York, age 43) was a pianist and orchestra leader, who composed the music for Frank Buck’s f...
George E. Lee George Ewing Lee (April 28, 1896 – October 2, 1958) was an American jazz bandleader.
George Paxton George Paxton was an American big band leader, saxophonist, composer, publisher, and arranger of swing jazz music from the 1930s to the late 1940s; as well as president and producer of Coed Reco...
George Probert George Arthur Probert, Jr. (born March 5, 1927, Los Angeles) is an American jazz clarinetist, soprano saxophonist, and bandleader active principally on the Dixieland jazz revival circuit.
Gerald Wilson Gerald Stanley Wilson (born September 4, 1918) is an American jazz trumpeter, big band bandleader, composer/arranger, and educator.
Glenn Miller Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – missing in action December 15, 1944) was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era.
Hal Kemp James Hal Kemp (March 27, 1904 – December 21, 1940) was a jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader, composer, and arranger.
Hal McIntyre Hal McIntyre (born Harold William McIntyre; 29 November 1914, Cromwell, Connecticut – 5 May 1959 Los Angeles, California) was an American saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader.
Hal Singer Harold Joseph "Hal" Singer (born 8 October 1919), also known as Hal "Cornbread" Singer, is an American R&B and jazz bandleader and saxophonist.
Harry Baisden Harry Baisden was an American composer of popular music, arranger, pianist, and an acclaimed dance orchestra leader.
Harry Betts Harry Betts was a jazz composer and trombonist.
Harry James Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 – July 5, 1983) was an actor and musician best known as a trumpeter who led a swing band during the Big Band Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s.
Henry Adler Henry Adler (June 28, 1915 – September 30, 2008) was an American drummer, percussionist, music teacher, author, publisher, instrument manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and authority on dr...
Henry Halstead Henry Halstead (November 16, 1897 – March 19, 1984) was a U.S. bandleader.
Henry Jerome Henry Jerome (né Henry Jerome Pasnik; 12 November 1917 New York City — 23 March 2011 Plantation, Florida) was an American big band leader, trumpeter, arranger, composer, and record com...
Herb Pomeroy Irving Herbert "Herb" Pomeroy, III (April 15, 1930, Gloucester, Massachusetts – August 11, 2007) was an influential swing and bebop jazz trumpeter and educator.
Herbie Hancock Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer.
Herbie Phillips Herbert Daly Phillips, better known as Herb or Herbie Phillips (April 20, 1935, Lincoln, Nebraska - September 13, 1995, Las Vegas, Nevada), was an American jazz trumpeter, big band c...
Herman Sherman Herman Edward Sherman, Sr. (June 28, 1923 - September 10, 1984), was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader.
Horace Henderson Horace W. Henderson Born in Cuthbert, Georgia, younger brother of Fletcher Henderson, was an American jazz pianist, organist, arranger, and bandleader.
Horace Silver Horace Silver (born Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, September 2, 1928, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States) is an American jazz pianist and composer.
Howard Lanin Howard Lanin was an American bandleader, one of the most successful in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area in the early 20th century.
Irvin Mayfield Irvin Mayfield, Jr. (born December 23, 1977) is an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Irving Aaronson Irving A. Aaronson was an American jazz pianist and big band leader.
Isaac M. "Ike" Carpenter Isaac M. "Ike" Carpenter (1920-1998) was a popular Jazz bandleader and pianist active in the 1940s and 1950s, most noted for his success in nightclubs on the West Coast during the post-World War...
J. C. Heard James Charles Heard (August 10, 1917 in Dayton, Ohio – September 27, 1988 in Royal Oak, Michigan), better known as J. C. Heard, was a United States swing, bop, and blues drummer.
Jack Carey Jack Carey (1889 – 1934) was a United States trombonist, the leader of the Crescent City Orchestra.
Jack Cooper (musician) Jack Cooper (born John Thomas Cooper Jr., May 14, 1963, Whittier, Ca.) is an American composer, arranger, orchestrator, multireedist, and music educator.
Jack Petersen (guitarist) Jack Leroy Petersen (born 25 Oct 1933 Elk City, Oklahoma) is an American jazz guitarist, pianist, composer, arranger, music publisher, music clinician, and renowned pioneer in jazz education who...
Jack Walrath Jack Walrath is an American post-bop jazz trumpeter and musical arranger known for his work with Ray Charles, Gary Peacock, Charles Mingus and Glenn Ferris, among others.
Jake Porter Jake Vernon Haven Porter (August 3, 1916, Oakland, California – March 25, 1993, Los Angeles) was an American jazz trumpeter and record producer.
James A. Hall James A. Hall, Sr. (born 1947) is an American percussionist of all idioms, jazz drummer, jazz guitarist, music educator, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carol...
James Chirillo James Louis Chirillo (born May 2, 1953, Waltham, Massachusetts) is an American jazz guitarist, jazz banjoist, composer, arranger, and band leader.
James Dapogny James Dapogny (born September 3, 1940, Berwyn, Illinois) is an American jazz musicologist, pianist and bandleader, active principally in the traditional jazz revival scene.
James Reese Europe James Reese Europe (22 February 1881 – 9 May 1919) was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer.
Jan Garber Jan Garber (born Jacob Charles Garber, November 5, 1894 – October 5, 1977) was an American jazz bandleader.
Jan Savitt Jan Savitt (born Jacob Savetnick; September 4, 1907 – October 4, 1948), known as "The Stokowski of Swing", was an American bandleader, musical arranger, and violinist.
Jeff Tyzik Jeff Tyzik (born Jeff Tkazyik c. 1951) is an American conductor, arranger, and trumpeter from Rochester, New York, working primarily with orchestral and jazz styles.
Jelly Roll Morton Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (October 20, 1890 – July 10, 1941), known professionally as Jelly Roll Morton, was an American ragtime and early jazz pianist, bandleader and composer who sta...
Jim McNeely Jim McNeely (born May 18, 1949) is a Grammy award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.
Jim Riggs James Garland "Jim" Riggs, University of North Texas Emeritus Regents Professor is an American saxophonist in both the classical and jazz idioms, big band director, collegiate music educator, an...
Jimmie Lunceford James Melvin "Jimmie" Lunceford (June 6, 1902 – July 12, 1947) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader in the swing era.
Jimmy Dorsey James "Jimmy" Dorsey (February 29, 1904 – June 12, 1957) was a prominent American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, and big band leader.
Jimmy Henderson Jimmy Henderson (born May 20, 1921, Wichita Falls, Texas – died June 10, 1998, New York City) was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader.
Jimmy Henderson (musician) Jimmy Henderson (May 20, 1921 in Wichita Falls, Texas – June 10, 1998 in New York City) was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader.
Jimmy Palao James "Jimmy" Palao, also James Florestan Palao February 19, 1879 - January 8, 1925 was the Leader of the Original Creole Orchestra and it is believed that he was the first to coin the ter...
Jimmy Wade Jimmy Wade was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Joe "King" Oliver Joseph Nathan Oliver, better known as Joe "King" Oliver (December 19, 1881 – April 10, 1938), was an American jazz cornet player and bandleader.
Joe Cabot Joe Cabot (born July 12, 1921 as Joseph Claude Caputo) is an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and musical director.
Joe Haymes Joseph Lawrence Haymes (10 February 1907 - 10 July 1964) was an American jazz bandleader and arranger.
Joe Robichaux Joe Robichaux (birth name Joseph Robichaux, March 8, 1900, New Orleans – January 17, 1965, New Orleans) was an American jazz pianist.
Joe Sanders Joseph L. "Joe" Sanders was an American jazz pianist, singer, and bandleader associated with Kansas City jazz for most of his career.
John Robichaux John Robichaux, sometimes Robechaux (January 16, 1866, Thibodaux, Louisiana – 1939, New Orleans), was an American jazz bandleader, drummer, and violinist.
John Von Ohlen John Von Ohlen (born 13 May 1941 Indianapolis) is an American jazz drummer, bandleader, and recording artist, widely known as having been the drummer for Woody Herman in 1967 and 1969, then with...
Johnny Bothwell Johnny Bothwell (May 23, 1919, Gary, Indiana – September 12, 1995, Lakeland, Florida) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader.
Johnny Dunn Johnny Dunn (February 19, 1897 – August 20, 1937) was an American traditional jazz trumpeter and vaudeville performer, who was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
Johnny Long (musician) Johnny Long (September 12, 1914 (disputed) – October 31, 1972) was an American violinist and bandleader, known as "The Man Who's Long on Music".
Johnny Messner (musician) Johnny Messner (October 13, 1909 in New York City – January 1986 in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey) was an American bandleader, composer, saxophonist, and vocalist during the big band/swing heyday.
Johnny St. Cyr Johnny St. Cyr (April 17, 1890 – June 17, 1966) was an American jazz banjoist and guitarist.
Johnny Wiggs Johnny Wiggs (July 25, 1899 - October 10, 1977) was a jazz musician and band leader.
José Melis José Melis (February 27, 1920, Havana, Cuba – April 7, 2005 Sun City, Arizona, United States) was born José Melis Guiu.
Junie Cobb Junius C. "Junie" Cobb (1896? - 1970?) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist and bandleader.
Karl E. H. Seigfried Karl E. H. Seigfried (born 8 March 1973) is a German-American jazz, rock, and classical bassist, guitarist, composer, bandleader, writer and educator based in Chicago.
Ken Hanna Kenneth L. Hanna (July 8, 1921 - December 10, 1982) was an American jazz trumpeter, arranger, composer and bandleader best known for his work with Stan Kenton.
Kenny Clarke Kenny Clarke (January 9, 1914January 26, 1985), born Kenneth Spearman Clarke, nicknamed "Klook" and later known as Liaqat Ali Salaam, was a jazz drummer and bandleader.
Kevin Toney Kevin Toney is an American pianist and composer, known as an original member of The Blackbyrds and now is a solo artist and performer.
Kid Ory Edward "Kid" Ory (December 25, 1886 – January 23, 1973) was a jazz trombonist and bandleader.
Kid Thomas Valentine Thomas Valentine, commonly known as Kid Thomas was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
King Perry Oliver Hazard "King" Perry (October 10, 1914, Forrest City, Arkansas - February 5, 1990, Bakersfield, California) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, and bandleader.
Lanny Steele Robert L. Steele was an American jazz pianist, music educator, composer, and jazz festival promoter.
Larry Elgart Larry Elgart (born March 20, 1922) is an American jazz bandleader, who with his brother, Les, recorded the original rendition of "Bandstand Boogie", theme to the long-running teen dance show, ...
Lawrence Duhé Lawrence Duhé (30 April 1887 - 1960) was an early jazz clarinetist and bandleader.
LCDR Anthony A. Mitchell USN LCDR Anthony A. Mitchell was a composer and band leader who led the United States Navy Band throughout the 1960's.
Lee Castle Lee Castle (February 28, 1915 - November 16, 1990) was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Leo Baxter Leo Baxter was born in northern Clay County, Indiana, in 1893.
Leon Abbey Leon Abbey was an American jazz violinist and bandleader.
Leon Breeden Harold Leon Breeden, known as Leon Breeden, was a jazz studies educator at the collegiate level, a classical and jazz clarinetist, a saxophonist, a prolific composer and arranger, a music ...
Les Elgart Les Elgart (August 3, 1917, New Haven, Connecticut-July 29, 1995, Dallas, Texas) was an American swing jazz bandleader and trumpeter.
Les Hite Les Hite (February 13, 1903, Duguoin, Illinois – February 6, 1962, Santa Monica, California) was an American jazz bandleader.
Les Hooper Les Hooper is a composer in Los Angeles, USA. His music ranges from classical to blues and jazz; from commercials to concert commissions.
Lester Lanin Lester Lanin was an American jazz and pop music bandleader.
Lew Soloff Lew Soloff (born February 20, 1944 in New York City) is a jazz trumpeter, composer and actor.
Lew Tabackin Lew Tabackin (born March 26, 1940 in Philadelphia) is a jazz flautist and a tenor saxophonist.
Lil Hardin Armstrong Lil Hardin Armstrong (February 3, 1898 – August 27, 1971) was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader, and the second wife of Louis Armstrong with whom she collaborated on man...
Lionel Hampton Lionel Leo Hampton was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Along with Red Norvo, Hampton was one of the first jazz vibraphone players.
Lloyd Hunter Lloyd Hunter was a trumpeter and big band leader from North Omaha, Nebraska.
Louie Bellson Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni (July 6, 1924 – February 14, 2009), known by the stage name Louie Bellson (his own preferred spelling, although he is often seen in ...
Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Louis Cottrell, Jr. Louis Albert Cottrell, Jr. (March 7, 1911, New Orleans - March 21, 1978, New Orleans) was a Louisiana Creole jazz clarinetist and tenor saxophonist.
Louis Mitchell Louis A. Mitchell (December 17, 1885 – September 2, 1957) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
Lu Watters Lucius "Lu" Watters (December 19, 1911 in Santa Cruz, California – November 5, 1989 in Santa Rosa, California) was a trumpeter and bandleader of the Yerba Buena Jazz Band in the "West Coast revi...
Lucky Millinder Lucius Venable "Lucky" Millinder (August 8, 1910 – September 28, 1966) was an American rhythm and blues and swing bandleader.
Luis Russell Luis Russell (6 August 1902 – 11 December 1963) was a jazz pianist and bandleader.
Mal Hallett Mal Hallett (born 1893, Roxbury, Massachusetts - d. November 20, 1952, Boston) was an American jazz violinist and bandleader.
Mamie Smith Mamie Smith (née Robinson) (May 26, 1883 – September 16, 1946) was an American vaudeville singer, dancer, pianist and actress, who appeared in several films late in her career.
Manuel Perez (musician) Emanuel Perez – also known as Manuel - was an early New Orleans jazz cornetist and bandleader.
Marc Johnson (musician) Marc Johnson (born 21 October 1953 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA) is an American jazz musician (double bass), composer and band leader, married to the Brazilian jazz singer and pianist Eliane Elias.
Mark Berman Mark Berman is a New York City pianist, composer, producer, conductor, music director and arranger.
Marlon Jordan Marlon Jordan (born August 21, 1970 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader.
Max Kaminsky (musician) Max Kaminsky (September 7, 1908 – September 6, 1994) was a jazz trumpeter and bandleader of his own orchestra (The Max Kaminsky Orchestra).
McCoy Tyner Alfred McCoy Tyner (born December 11, 1938) is a jazz pianist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, known for his work with the John Coltrane Quartet and a long solo career.
Mel Lewis Mel Lewis (May 10, 1929 – February 2, 1990) was the stage name of an American drummer, jazz musician and bandleader.
Mercer Ellington Mercer Kennedy Ellington (11 March 1919 – 8 February 1996) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and arranger.
Michael Bisio Michael Bisio (March 4, 1955 Troy, New York) is an American jazz double bass player, composer and bandleader.
Michael White (clarinetist) Michael White (born 29 November 1954 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer, jazz historian and musical educator.
Miff Mole Irving Milfred Mole, better known as Miff Mole (11 March 1898 – 29 April 1961) was a jazz trombonist and band leader.
Mike Mainieri Michael T. Mainieri, Jr. (born July 4, 1938, the Bronx, New York City) is a vibraphonist best known for his work with the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead.
Mike Pedicin Mike Pedicin (born 1917) is a Philadelphia-based jazz bandleader.
Miles Davis Miles Dewey Davis III (May 26, 1926September 28, 1991) was an American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.
Milt Larkin Milt Larkin (born October 10, 1910, Houston, Texas - d. there, August 31, 1996) was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Milton DeLugg Milton DeLugg (born December 2, 1918; Los Angeles, California) is an American composer and arranger.
Monk McFay Nathaniel Jack "Monk" McFay (June 27, 1908, Wichita Falls, Kansas - October 22 or 23, 1994, Los Angeles) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader, known especially for leading jazz bands in H...
Nat Towles Nat Towles was an African American musician, jazz and big band leader popular in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, North Omaha, Nebraska and Chicago, Illinois.
Noble Sissle Noble Sissle (July 10, 1889 – December 17, 1975) was an American jazz composer, lyricist, bandleader, singer and playwright.
Oliver Todd Oliver C. Todd was an American Jazz band leader, organ, piano, and trumpet player.
Onzy Matthews Onzy Durrett Matthews, Jr. (January 15, 1930 – November 13, 1997) was an American jazz pianist, singer, arranger and composer as well as a television and movie actor.
Oreste Migliaccio Oreste Migliaccio (1882–1973) was a jazz pianist and band leader prominent in the 1920s and 1930s.
Ovie Alston Overton "Ovie" Alston was an American jazz trumpeter, vocalist, and bandleader.
Papa Jack Laine George Vital "Papa Jack" Laine (September 21, 1873 – June 1, 1966) was a pioneering band leader in New Orleans in the years from the Spanish-American War to World War I. He is often credited wit...
Paul Howard (musician) Paul Leroy "Ox Blood" Howard (September 20, 1895, Steubenville, Ohio – February 18, 1980, Los Angeles) was an American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist.
Paul Mares Paul Mares, was an American early dixieland jazz cornet & trumpet player, and leader of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings.
Paul Whiteman Paul Samuel Whiteman (March 28, 1890 – December 29, 1967) was an American bandleader, composer, orchestral director and violinist Leader of one of the most popular dance bands in the United Stat...
Peggy Gilbert Peggy Gilbert (January 17, 1905 – February 12, 2007), born Margaret F. Knechtges, was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader.
Pete Brown (jazz musician) James Ostend "Pete" Brown (November 9, 1906, Baltimore, Maryland - September 20, 1963, New York City, New York) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader.
Phil Baxter Phil Baxter (September 5, 1896 – November 21, 1972) was an American songwriter, singer and band leader.
Phil Woods Philip Wells Woods (born November 2, 1931) is an American jazz bebop alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer.
Poncho Sanchez Poncho Sanchez, is a Mexican-American conguero, Latin jazz band leader, and salsa singer.
Putney Dandridge Louis "Putney" Dandridge (January 13, 1902 – February 15, 1946) was an American bandleader, jazz pianist and vocalist.
Ray Reach Raymond Everett Reach, Jr. (born August 3, 1948) is an American pianist, vocalist and educator residing in Birmingham, Alabama, now serving as Director of Student Jazz Programs for the Alabama J...
Raymond Scott Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, September 10, 1908 – February 8, 1994) was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument...
Red Nichols Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols (May 8, 1905 – June 28, 1965) was an American jazz cornettist, composer, and jazz bandleader.
Red Perkins Frank Shelton "Red" Perkins was a bandleader of one of the oldest Omaha-based territory bands, The Dixie Ramblers.
Reuben Reeves Reuben "River" Reeves (October 25, 1905, Evansville, Indiana – September 1955, New York City) was an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Rich Matteson Rich A. Matteson, (born Richmond Albert Matteson, January 12, 1929, Forest Lake, Minnesota – June 25, 1993, Jacksonville, Florida) was an American jazz artist, collegiate music educator, i...
Richard Himber Richard Himber (20 February 1900 - 11 December 1966) was an American bandleader, composer, violinist, magician and practical joker.
Richard M. Jones Richard M. Jones, born Richard Marigny Jones, (13 June 1892 – 8 December 1945) was a jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and record producer.
Richard Maltby, Sr. Richard Eldridge Maltby, Sr. (June 26, 1914 – August 19, 1991) was an American musician, conductor, arranger and bandleader, most notable for his 1956 recording (Themes From) The Man With ...
Rick Germanson Rick Germanson (born May 29, 1972) is an American jazz pianist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Rob Dixon Rob Dixon is an American jazz saxophonist.
Roger Dawson Roger Dawson (born March 19, 1940) is a jazz percussionist, conga drummer, bandleader and jazz composer.
Roger Wolfe Kahn Roger Wolfe Kahn (October 19, 1907 – July 12, 1962) was an American jazz and popular musician, composer, and bandleader ("Roger Wolfe Kahn and His Orchestra").
Roy Haynes Roy Owen Haynes (born March 13, 1925, in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts) is an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
Russ Morgan Russ Morgan (April 29, 1904 – August 7, 1969) was a big band orchestra leader and musical arranger in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.
Ryan Cohan Ryan Cohan (born 6 June 1971) is a jazz pianist and composer.
Sam Lanin Samuel Charles Lanin (September 4, 1891 - May 5, 1977) was an American jazz bandleader.
Sam Wooding Sam Wooding (17 June 1895 – 1 August 1985) was an expatriate American jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader living and performing in Europe and the United States.
Saxie Dowell Horace Kirby "Saxie" Dowell (May 24, 1904 – July 22, 1974) was an American jazz and pop music bandleader and singer and songwriter.
Sharkey Bonano Joseph "Sharkey" Bonano, also known as Sharkey Banana or Sharkey Bananas, was a jazz trumpeter, band leader, and vocalist.
Shep Fields Shep Fields (September 12, 1910 – February 23, 1981) was the band leader for the "Shep Fields and His Rippling Rhythm" orchestra during the Big Band era of the 1930s.
Shifty Henry John Willie "Shifty" Henry (born 4 October 1921, Edna, Texas — died 30 November 1958, Los Angeles, California) was an American musician, most noted as a double bass and bass guitar player, and b...
Si Zentner Simon Hugh "Si" Zentner (June 13, 1917 in New York City – January 31, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was an American trombonist and jazz big-band leader.
Singleton Palmer Singleton Palmer (November 13, 1913, St. Louis, Missouri – March 8, 1993, St. Louis) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist and bandleader.
Skeets Tolbert Campbell Aurelius "Skeets" Tolbert was an American jazz clarinetist, alto saxophonist, and bandleader.
Skinnay Ennis Edgar Clyde "Skinnay" Ennis, Jr. (August 13, 1907 - June 3, 1963) was an American jazz and pop music bandleader and singer.
Slam Stewart Leroy Eliot "Slam" Stewart (September 21, 1914December 10, 1987) was an African American jazz bass player whose trademark style was his ability to bow the bass (arco) and simultaneou...
Snookum Russell Snookum Russell (April 6, 1913 – August 1981) was an American pianist and leader of a territory band that played tobacco warehouses and dance halls in the South and Midwest in the 1930s, 1...
Sonny Burke Sonny Burke (born Joseph Francis Burke; March 22, 1914, Scranton, Pennsylvania – May 31, 1980) was an accomplished musical arranger, composer, big band leader and producer.
Sonny Clay William Rogers Campbell "Sonny" Clay (May 15, 1899, Chapel Hill, Texas - April 13, 1973, Los Angeles) was an American jazz pianist, drummer, and bandleader, who had an unusual impact on the deve...
Speed Webb Lawrence Arthur "Speed" Webb (18 July 1906 - 4 November 1994) was an American jazz drummer and territory band leader especially active in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Spud Murphy Lyle Stephanovic (August 19, 1908 – August 5, 2005), better known as Spud Murphy, was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and arranger.
Stan Keller Stan Keller (Stanley Keller Grubb, (1907–1990) was an American bandleader, composer, arranger, and woodwind player who led his own orchestra — Stan Keller and His Orchestra.
Stan Kenton Stanley Newcomb "Stan" Kenton (December 15, 1911 – August 25, 1979) was a pianist, composer, and arranger who led an innovative, influential, and often controversial American jazz orchestra.
Steve Allee Steve Allee is an American jazz musician and composer.
Sun Ra Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount, legal name Le Sony'r Ra; May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993) was a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher k...
Sy Oliver Melvin James "Sy" Oliver was a jazz arranger, trumpeter, composer, singer and bandleader.
T. S. Monk T. S. Monk (born Thelonious Sphere Monk, III, December 27, 1949, New York, United States) is an American jazz drummer, composer and bandleader.
Ted Lewis (musician) Theodore Leopold Friedman, better known as Ted Lewis (June 6, 1890 – August 25, 1971), was an American entertainer, bandleader, singer, and musician.
Teddy Hill Teddy Hill was a big band leader and the manager of Minton's Playhouse, a seminal jazz club in Harlem.
Teddy Powell Teddy Powell (Teodoro Paolella) (March 1, 1905, Oakland, California - November 17, 1993, New York) was an American jazz guitarist, composer and big band leader.
Teddy Riley (jazz) Theodore Riley, better known as Teddy Riley (10 May 1924 – 14 November 1992) was a jazz trumpet player and bandleader.
Terrence Holder Terrence Holder (1898 - ?) was an American jazz trumpeter and territory band leader.
Terry Gibbs Terry Gibbs (born Julius Gubenko on 13 October 1924) is an American jazz vibraphonist and band leader.
Tex Beneke Gordon Lee "Tex" Beneke (February 12, 1914 – May 30, 2000) was an American saxophonist, singer, and bandleader.
Thad Jones Thaddeus Joseph "Thad" Jones (March 28, 1923 – August 21, 1986) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and bandleader.
The Charlie Davis Orchestra The Charlie Davis Orchestra was an early jazz band from Indiana that was active in the late 1920s, had an influence upon the quickly emerging swing jazz movement and is notable for having had Di...
Thelma Terry Thelma Terry, née Thelma Combes (September 30, 1901 – May 30, 1966) was an American bandleader and bassist during the 1920s and 1930s.
Theo Croker Theo Croker, or Theodore Lee Croker, is a jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader from Leesburg, Florida. He attended Oberlin College and is the grandson of Grammy Award winning trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He has produced two albums and is currently producing his third.
Theodore Carpenter Theodore "Wingie" Carpenter (April 15, 1898–July 21, 1975) was a jazz trumpet player, singer, and band leader active from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Tim Ries Tim Ries (né Timothy M. Ries; born 1959) is an American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, band leader, and music educator at the collegiate/conservatory level.
Tina Marsh Tina Marsh (January 18, 1954, - June 16, 2009) was a jazz vocalist and composer based in Austin, Texas.
Tiny Bradshaw Myron Carlton Bradshaw (September 23, 1907 – November 26, 1958), known as Tiny Bradshaw, was an American jazz and rhythm and blues bandleader, singer, composer, pianist, and drummer.
Tiny Parham Hartzell Strathdene "Tiny" Parham was a Canadian-born American jazz bandleader and pianist of African-American descent.
Tito Puente Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000), was an American salsa musician and Latin jazz composer.
Tom Kubis Tom Kubis is a jazz composer/arranger, woodwind player, recording artist, band leader.
Tom Sancton Thomas Alexander Sancton (a.k.a. Tom, Tommy) is an American writer, jazz clarinetist and educator.
Tommy Dorsey Thomas Francis "Tommy" Dorsey, Jr. (November 19, 1905 - November 26, 1956) was an American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era.
Tommy Douglas (clarinetist) Tommy Douglas (November 9, 1911–9 March 1965) was an American jazz clarinetist, bandleader and reed instrumentalist born in Eskridge, Kansas, probably better known for his work as a sidema...
Tommy Gwaltney Thomas O. "Tommy" Gwaltney (born February 28, 1921, Norfolk, Virginia) (d.
Tommy Newsom Thomas Penn "Tommy" Newsom (February 25, 1929 – April 28, 2007) was a saxophone player in the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, for which he later became assistant di...
Tommy Pederson Pullman Gerald "Tommy" Pederson was an American trombonist and composer – prolific in jazz, big band, and classical genres.
Tommy Vig Tommy Vig (July 14, 1938) is a jazz vibraharpist, drummer, percussionist, arranger, big band leader, film, television, and classical concert composer, inventor, author, and educator.
Toshiko Akiyoshi Toshiko Akiyoshi is a Japanese American jazz pianist, composer/arranger and bandleader.
Urbie Green Urban Clifford "Urbie" Green (born August 8, 1926) is an American jazz trombonist who toured with Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Jan Savitt, and Frankie Carle.
Van Alexander Van Alexander (Alexander Van Vliet Feldman, born May 2, 1915) is an American bandleader, arranger, and composer.
Verne Byers Verne Byers, aka Vern Byers, (Vincent LeRoy Beyer, March 14, 1918, Denver, Colorado – December 19, 2008, Las Cruces, New Mexico) was an American bandleader of a territory band, a bas...
Vernon Andrade Vernon Andrade (April 24, 1902 – February 1966) was an American jazz bandleader active primarily in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s.
Victor Aloysius Meyers Victor Aloysius "Vic" Meyers (September 7, 1897 – May 28, 1991), known as "The Clown Prince of Politics" and "The Pagliacci of Politics", was a Seattle, Washington, jazz bandleader and Washingto...
Vince Giordano Vince Giordano (March 11, 1952, Brooklyn) is a musician and arranger, and leader of the New York-based Nighthawks Orchestra.
Vincent Lopez Vincent Lopez (30 December 1895 – 20 September 1975) was an American bandleader and pianist.
Walter Barnes Walter Barnes (July 8, 1905 in Vicksburg, Mississippi – April 23, 1940 in Natchez, Mississippi) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader.
Ward Kimball Ward Walrath Kimball (March 4, 1914 – July 8, 2002) born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was an animator for the Walt Disney Studios.
Warren Covington Warren Covington (August 7, 1921 – August 24, 1999) was an American big band trombonist.
Wendell Brunious Wendell Brunious (b. October 27, 1954, New Orleans) is an American jazz trumpeter and bandleader.
Whit Dickey Whit Dickey born May 28, 1954 NYC is a free jazz drummer.
Wilbert Baranco Wilbert Baranco (15 April 1909 – October 1983) was an American jazz pianist and bandleader.
Wilbur Sweatman Wilbur C. Sweatman was an African-American ragtime and dixieland jazz composer, bandleader, and clarinetist.
Willard Robison Willard Robison (September 18, 1894 – June 24, 1968) was an American vocalist, pianist, and composer of popular songs, born in Shelbina, Missouri.
William Franklin Lee III William Franklin Lee III, aka Bill Lee was an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, author, and music educator who was renowned for pioneering comprehensive music education, including...
Willie Bryant Willie Bryant (August 30, 1908 – February 9, 1964) was an American jazz bandleader, vocalist, and disc jockey.
Willie Gant Willie "The Tiger" Gant (born 1900, New York City) was an American jazz bandleader and pianist.
Willie Lewis William T. Lewis (June 10, 1905, Cleburne, Texas – January 13, 1971, New York City) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader.
Woody Herman Woodrow Charles "Woody" Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader.
Wynton Marsalis Wynton Learson Marsalis (born October 18, 1961) is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, music educator, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, United States.
Zack Whyte Zack Whyte was an American jazz bandleader, best known for leading the territory band the Chocolate Beau Brummels.