Jazz Master of the Month

Each month, WEAA honors one legend of jazz. Learn more about the artist and his or her work.

By some standards James Spaulding is considered to be under-recognized and under-appreciated. But most Jazz fans know him as one of the most critically acclaimed alto saxophonists and flautists in the business. 

Simply JACO

Jan 8, 2015

Jazz Master of the Month

November, 2014

Jaco Pastorius, the multi-talented musician known by practically everyone on a first name basis, literally revolutionized bass playing from jazz, rock, country, hip-hop, and beyond. From Africa to America he and his sound have been described simply by saying his name…JACO. His unprecedented originality both technically and “improvisationally” is studied and imitated by every bassist (in some way or another) to this day.

Jazz Master of the Month

January, 2015

Saxophonist Billy Harper, aka “The Black Saint,” was born in Houston on January 17, 1943. He was already singing in spiritual ensembles at age five and formed his first Billy Harper Quintet in his last years of high school, He went on to graduate cum laude from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Music degree.

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