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Branford Marsalis

Quick Facts Saxophonist and composer His father, Ellis Marsalis was pianist and jazz teacher, and his mother was a jazz singer. Three brothers are also jazz musicians. He has collaborated with musicians such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, ...

Wynton Marsalis

Quick Facts Trumpeter and composer Director of Jazz at Juilliard since 2014 His father, Ellis Marsalis was pianist and jazz teacher, and his mother was a jazz singer. Three brothers are also jazz musicians. Started studying trumpet at age of ...

Ravi Shankar

Quick Facts World’s most well-known expert of classical Indian music in the late 20th century As a child/teenager, studied music and dance; toured Europe and the U.S. with a dancing group At the age of 18, started to study the ...

Frédéric Chopin

Quick Facts One of the greatest composers of the Romantic Period Born in Poland Studied piano as a child and gave his first public performance at the age of 8 Wrote his first composition at the age of 6 Most ...

Antonio Vivaldi

Quick Facts Born in Venice (Italy) Composed music in the Baroque style Played the violin Was ordained as a priest, but devoted his life to music instead Wrote lots of music, including 46 operas and 500 concertos His music influenced ...

Music Quotes Posters 6

Whenever you have composed a piece of music you is particularly good, it is humbling to think that Mozart probably wrote a better one when he was nine years old! – David W. Barber A jazz musician is a juggler ...

Claude Debussy

Quick Facts One of the most influential French composers Sometimes called the first Impressionist composer (though Debussy did not like that description) His music pushed the boundaries of melody and harmony. He wrote instrument parts (in the orchestra) that had ...

Music Quotes Posters 5

All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song. – Louis Armstrong The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats. – Albert Schweitzer It’s easy to play any musical instrument. All ...

Margaret Bonds

Quick Facts Born in Chicago, Illinois (U.S.) Her mom taught her to play the piano. She wrote her first piece of music at the age of 5. She studied piano and composition at Northwestern University in Illinois. She was one ...

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Quick Facts Born in New York, New York Puerto-Rican descent Learned to play the piano as a child Listened to salsa, show tunes, R & B, and hip-hop Participated in his high school’s theater program In high school, he met ...
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