was trained as a classical pianist but gained
fame for his unique blend of superb piano playing
and comedy. His trademarks included repeatedly
being "distracted" while trying to play
a serious piece, making comments to and about the
audience, and playing sheet music
"backwards, sideways, etc."
Dorsey "Buck" Clayton
was a trumpet player who led one of the first
jazz bands to play in the Orient, and who played
with bands led by Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, and
Lavan "Van" Cliburn
began playing the piano at age three. He achieved
international recognition when he won the
inaugural Tchaikovsky International Competition
in Moscow, for which achievement he became the
only musician to ever be honored by a New York
City ticker-tape parade.
picked up drumsticks when he was still in grade
school. In 1969 he had the
opportunity to play with Joe Cocker, Iron
Butterfly, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Santana,
and many other rock greats of the day. In 1973,
he and Kerry Livgren formed the rock band Kansas.
began learning the violin at the age of four, and
wrote his first publicly performed opus at
seventeen. He also did much to further Romanian
music in general, forming a Philharmonic
Orchestra and a Composers' Society in Iasi and
helping to establish the Romanian State Opera in
began studying piano at the age of six, made his
debut as a child prodigy at thirteen, and got his
first international recognition at 22.
was one of the few "traditional" jazz
musicians to make the transition to bebop, and
led the first ever bebop recording session in
gained fame by playing popular tunes on the piano
with a semi-classical style, as well as for his
flamboyant costumes and custom-made pianos.
began his professional music career while still
in high school. In 1973, he and five other
musicians formed the group Kansas, which hit
double-platinum success in 1976.
was a very popular concert pianist who used his
fame (and subsequent wealth) to advocate for an
independent Poland, of which he served as Prime
Minister and Foreign Minister.
was an alto saxophonist who played with many of
the top jazz bands of the 1930's and 40s, as well
as with small ensembles, string groups, and even
began playing the violin at an early age, despite
being stricken with polio at age four, and was
introduced to the general public at age 13. Over
the course of his career he has performed with
virtually every major orchestra in the world, and
has also appeared on many popular television
sought to have the guitar played on every major
stage just as the piano and violin were, and to
have music written specifically for the
instrument; he succeeded.
began studying classical violin at age 8, and
played with several European orchestras when he
was 15. He joined a Lawrence bar band in 1971,
and that band subsequently became known as