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    Written by: Michael Dalby 6/16/2008 5:32 AM 

    Bone Thugs, Wings Over Jordan, Bull In May of 2002, President George W. Bush, by way of an official Presidential Proclamation, declared June as Black Music Month. During this month Americans are to celebrate the rich contributions made to our culture by "highlighting the enduring legacy of African-American musicians, singers, and composers." Here in Cleveland we can certainly take this idea one step further and celebrate the many fantastic contributors those of which have come from the citizens of our fair city. In previous posts (1,2,3) we highlighted several Cleveland-area African American Jazz musicians who's careers were quite successful. Listed below are those artists along with several others connected to the city of Cleveland: (read more)


    Tracy Chapman (POP/FOLK)

    Robert Lockwood Jr. (BLUES)

    Vanessa Rubin (JAZZ)

    Albert Ayler (JAZZ)

    Tadd Dameron (JAZZ)

    Bull "Moose" Jackson (BLUES)

    Gerald Levert (R&B)

    Sister Wynona Carr (GOSPEL)

    Screamin' Jay Hawkins (R&B)

    "Little" Jimmy Scott (JAZZ)

    Bobby Womack (R&B)

    Ray Cash (RAP)

    A. Grace Lee Mims (CLASSICAL)

    H. Leslie Adams (CLASSICAL)

    Avant (R&B)

    Noble Sissle – singer; worked with James Europe in 1917; wrote Shuffle Along, first black Broadway hit, with Eubie Blake (BROADWAY/POPULAR)

    Billy Banks – singer; sang with the Rhythmakers and Noble Sissle (BROADWAY/POPULAR)

    Bill Hardman; jazz trumpeter; played with Art Blakey (JAZZ)

    Big Maybelle – recorded for OKeh and Savoy (BLUES)

    Eddie Baccus, Sr. – jazz organist; recorded for Smash in the 1960s (JAZZ)

    Buster Harding – arranger for Count Basie (JAZZ)

    Emmett Berry; jazz trumpet; played with Count Basie and others (JAZZ)

    Freddie Webster – jazz trumpeter’; played with Earl Hines, Jimmie Lunceford, and Lucky Millinder; model for Miles Davis (JAZZ)

    Benny Bailey – jazz trumpeter; worked with Lionel Hampton & Quincy Jones (JAZZ)

    Bobby Few – jazz pianist; East Jazz Trio in Cleveland in 1960s; works in Europe; played with Steve Lacy (JAZZ)

    Jeri Brown; jazz singer; records for JustinTime (JAZZ)

    Neal Creque – jazz pianist; recorded for Muse in 1970s (JAZZ)

    Greg Bandy – jazz drummer; recorded with Pharoah Sanders & Jimmy Ponder (JAZZ)

    Gay Crosse – active in 1940s & 1950s; John Coltrane in his band in early 1950s (R&B)

    Elite Jewels – recorded for Savoy; still active (GOSPEL)


    The O'Jays (from Canton) (R&B)

    Wings Over Jordan (GOSPEL)

    Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (RAP)

    Dazz Band (FUNK)

    The Moonglows – formed in Cleveland; hit was “Sincerely” 1954 for Chess (R&B)

    Hornets – vocal group recorded for States in 1950s (R&B)



    Center for Black Music Research

    Classical Music Recordings of Black Composers

    Archives of African American Music and Culture

    Library of Congress African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 Collection

    Center for Southern African-American Music


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