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Sometimes I'm Happy
"Sometimes I'm Happy" is a popular song. The music was written by Vincent Youmans, the lyrics by Irving Caesar
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Song
A song, most broadly, is a single (and often standalone) work of music that is typically intended to be sung by the human voice with distinct and fixed pitches and patterns using sound and silence and a variety of forms that often include the repetition of sections. Written words created specifically for music or for which music is specifically created, are called lyrics. If a pre-existing poem is set to composed music in classical music it is an art song. Songs that are sung on repeated pitches without distinct contours and patterns that rise and fall are called chants. Songs in a simple style that are learned informally are often referred to as folk songs. Songs that are composed for professional singers who sell their recordings or live shows to the mass market are called popular songs. These songs, which have broad appeal, are often composed by professional songwriters, composers and lyricists
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Al Casey (jazz Guitarist)
Albert Aloysius Casey (September 15, 1915 – September 11, 2005) known professionally as Al Casey, was a jazz guitarist who was a member of Fats Waller's band during the 1930s and early 1940s.Contents1 Career 2 Birthday 3 Discography 4 ReferencesCareer[edit] Casey was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in New York City and studied guitar.[1] He was a child prodigy who started on violin, then ukulele. He began playing guitar in 1930 and met Fats Waller
Fats Waller
in 1933. The following year, at the age of eighteen, he became a member of Waller's band. He made many recordings with the band, and he is noted for having played the solo in "Buck Jumpin'". After Waller's death in 1943, he led his own trio
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Decca Records
Decca Records
Decca Records
is a British record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Its U.S. label was established in late 1934 by Lewis, along with American Decca's first president Jack Kapp and later American Decca president Milton Rackmil. In 1937, anticipating Nazi aggression leading to World War II, Lewis sold American Decca and the link between the UK and U.S. Decca labels was broken for several decades.[1] The British label was renowned for its development of recording methods, while the American company developed the concept of cast albums in the musical genre. Both wings are now part of the Universal Music Group, which is owned by Vivendi, a media conglomerate headquartered in Paris, France
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Count Basie
William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984)[1] was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping out of school, he learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank, New Jersey. By age 16, he increasingly played jazz piano at parties, resorts and other venues. In 1924, he went to Harlem, where his performing career expanded; he toured with groups to the major jazz cities of Chicago, St. Louis
St. Louis
and Kansas City. In 1929 he joined Bennie Moten's band in Kansas City, and played with them until Moten's death in 1935. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago
Chicago
for a long engagement and their first recording
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Tony Bennett
Anthony Dominick Benedetto (born August 3, 1926),[1] known professionally as Tony Bennett, is an American singer of traditional pop standards, big band, show tunes, and jazz. He is also a painter, having created works under the name Anthony Benedetto that are on permanent public display in several institutions. He is the founder of the Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York.[3] Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American
Italian-American
family, Bennett began singing at an early age. He fought in the final stages of World War II as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theater
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Les Brown (bandleader)
Lester Raymond "Les" Brown (March 14, 1912 – January 4, 2001) was an American jazz musician who led the big band Les Brown and His Band of Renown for nearly seven decades from 1938 to 2000.[1][2]Contents1 Biography1.1 Les Brown, Jr.2 Discography 3 Musical short films 4 Television 5 References 6 External linksBiography[edit] Brown was born in Reinerton, Pennsylvania.[1] He enrolled in the Conway Military Band School (later part of Ithaca College) in 1926, studying with famous bandleader Patrick Conway for three years before receiving a music scholarship to the New York Military Academy, where he graduated in 1932. Brown attended college at Duke University
Duke University
from 1932–1936. There he led the group Les Brown and His Blue Devils,[3] who performed regularly on Duke's campus and up and down the east coast. Brown took the band on an extensive summer tour in 1936
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Verve Records
Verve Records, founded in 1956 by Norman Granz, is home to the world’s largest jazz catalogue and includes recordings by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Stan Getz
Stan Getz
and Billie Holiday, among others.[1] It absorbed the catalogues of Granz's earlier labels, Clef Records, founded in 1946, Norgran Records, founded in 1953, and material previously licensed to Mercury Records.[2] Verve also served as the original home of acts such as The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
and Frank Zappa. The restructured Verve Records
Verve Records
is now part of the Verve Label Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group
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Dave Brubeck
David Warren Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities. His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
Quartet's, "Take Five",[1] which is in 5 4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out.[2] Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording "Pick Up Sticks" in 6 4, "Unsquare Dance" in 7 4, "World's Fair" in 13 4, and "Blue Rondo à la Turk" in 9 8
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Paul Desmond
Paul Desmond (born Paul Emil Breitenfeld, November 25, 1924 – May 30, 1977) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck
Quartet and for composing that group's biggest hit, "Take Five". He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the cool jazz scene. In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several groups and collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, and Ed Bickert
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Ray Bryant
Raphael Homer "Ray" Bryant (December 24, 1931 – June 2, 2011) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.Contents1 Early life 2 Later life and career2.1 1946–1958 2.2 1959–1971 2.3 1972–20113 Family 4 Playing and composing style 5 Discography5.1 As leader 5.2 As sideman6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 24, 1931.[1] His mother was an ordained minister who had taught herself to play the piano; his father also played the piano and sang.[2] His brothers were the bass player Tommy, drummer and singer Len, and Lynwood.[3] Ray began playing the piano around the age of six or seven, following the example of his mother and his sister, Vera.[1][3] Gospel influences in his playing came from being part of the church at this stage in his early life.[4] He had switched from classical music to jazz by his early teens, and played the double bass at junior high schoo
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Betty Carter
Betty Carter
Betty Carter
(born Lillie Mae Jones; May 16, 1929 – September 26, 1998) was an American jazz singer known for her improvisational technique, scatting and other complex musical abilities that demonstrated her vocal talent and imaginative interpretation of lyrics and melodies.[1] Vocalist Carmen McRae
Carmen McRae
once remarked: "There's really only one jazz singer—only one: Betty Carter."[2]:xivContents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 Legacy 5 Miscellaneous 6 Discography 7 References 8 External linksEarly life[edit] Carter was born in Flint, Michigan, and grew up in Detroit, where her father, James Jones, was the musical director of a Detroit
Detroit
church and her mother, Bessie, was a housewife
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Capitol Records
Capitol Records
Capitol Records
(also referred to simply as Capitol and Hollywood
Hollywood
and Vine) is an American major record label which operates as a division of the Capitol Music Group. The label was founded as the first West Coast-based record label in the United States
United States
in 1942 by industry insiders Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva
Buddy DeSylva
and Glenn E. Wallichs. In 1955, the label was acquired by the British music conglomerate EMI
EMI
as its North American subsidiary.[1] EMI
EMI
was later acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012 and was merged with the company in 2013, making Capitol Records
Capitol Records
and the Capitol Music Group
Capitol Music Group
both a part of the Universal Music
Universal Music
Group
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Charles King (vaudevillian)
Charles King (October 31, 1886[1] – January 11, 1944) was a vaudeville and Broadway actor who also starred in several movies. He starred as the leading actor in the hit MGM movie, The Broadway Melody (1929), the first all-talking film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.Contents1 Early life 2 Theatrical career 3 Recordings 4 Film career 5 Death 6 References 7 External linksEarly life[edit] Charles Joseph King was born in New York City on October 31, 1886 to Thomas and Ellen King, both of whom were born in Ireland and had immigrated to the U.S. in 1883
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Arnett Cobb
Arnett Cleophus Cobb (August 10, 1918 – March 24, 1989)[1] was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, sometimes known as the "Wild Man of the Tenor Sax" because of his uninhibited stomping style. Cobb wrote the words and music for the jazz standard "Smooth Sailing" (1951), which Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
recorded for Decca on her album Lullabies of Birdland.Contents1 Biography 2 Discography 3 References 4 External linksBiography[edit]Cobb at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, California 1979Born in Houston, Texas,[1] he was taught to play piano by his grandmother, and he went on to study violin before taking up tenor saxophone in the high school band
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Nat King Cole
Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. He recorded over one hundred songs that became hits on the pop charts. His trio was the model for small jazz ensembles that followed. Cole also acted in films and on television and performed on Broadway. He was the first black man to host an American television series.Contents1 Biography1.1 Early life 1.2 Birth of the trio 1.3 Popularity as a vocalist2 Personal life2.1 Marriages and children 2.2 Experiences with racism 2.3 Politics3 Illness and death 4 Posthumous releases 5 Legacy 6 Discography 7 Filmography 8 Partial television credits 9 See also 10 References 11 Further reading 12 External linksBiography[edit] Early life[edit] Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 17, 1919.[1] He had three brothers: Eddie (1910–1970), Ike (1927–2001), and Freddy (b
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