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November 8, 2018



There are so many great Jazz artists from “Detroit Jazz City”, with November birthdays.   If you thought our October birthdays were good, check out November!


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Kenny Cox at the Detroit Jazz Festival


Kenn Cox, November 8, 1940- December 19, 2008


Pianist/composer, Kenn Cox was a Detroit native, who, like so many other prominent musicians from Detroit, graduated from Cass Technical High School. Cass was known worldwide for it’s outstanding music department. Kenn then attended the Detroit Conservatory of Music and the Detroit Institute of Musical Arts.



Besides being a talented pianist, Cox was also proficient on bass, bassoon and trumpet. Well versed in the styles of bebop, hard bop and postbop, he started playing professionally in the late 50’s and 1960’s and was the pianist for singer Etta Jones and also played in the George Bohannon Quintet.



By the late 60’s he had formed his own group, “Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet”, which recorded two albums for Blue Note Records, “Introducing Kenny Cox and the Contemporary Jazz Quintet” and “Multidirection”. He also recorded with such “giants” as Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jackie McLean, Eddie Harris, Ben Webster, Wes Montgomery, and many others.



Kenn Cox is also featured on the relatively recent album from Blue Note called “Detroit Jazz City”, produced by Detroiter Don Was who combined tracks by Detroit Jazz legends from the Blue Note vaults with new recordings from current Jazz stars from Detroit. See album cover above for personnel.



In the 1980’s Cox created the Guerilla Jam Band, at times featuring Regina Carter, Tani Tabbal, James Carter, Rodney Whitaker, Shahida Nurallah, Donald Walden and many others. By the way, Miss Nurallah is at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in late December. Kenn Cox also helped form Strata Records, the Strata Concert Gallery and other Strata-brand ventures, which have since been given legendary status worldwide.



In the early 1970’s, Cox also produced a weekly radio program, Kaleidophone, on WDET, and was the station’s director of community access programming. I had just started working at WDET 101.9FM during that time and really enjoyed conversing with him about music, life and the world in general.



Saxophonist Billy Mitchell (November 3, 1926 – April 18, 2001)





Billy Mitchell was a tenor saxophonist who was born in Kansas City. He moved to Detroit and like Kenny Cox and so many other Jazz greats, attended Cass Technical High School to receive his early music education.



Billy Mitchell was well known for his work with some of the most well respected big bands in the country, led by such luminaries as Pontiac’s own Thad Jones, as well as Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. He also played with Count Basie for more than seven years in the 1950’s and 1960’s.



In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s he introduced vibest Bobby Hutcherson to the Jazz world and played and recorded with the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band in Europe and also served as Stevie Wonder’s musical director for a short time.






Sippie Wallace (born as Beulah Thomas, November 1, 1898 – November 1, 1986) was an early Blues and Jazz singer/songwriter. Known as the “Texas Nightingale” she recorded over 40 songs for the legendary Blues label, Okeh Records, many of which she composed herself.



She sang with many well-known accompanists who are considered some of the most significant early architects of Jazz and Blues, including Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Sidney Bechet and others.



She helped define the early female blues style along with her contemporaries as she ranked with vocalists Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter and Bessie Smith.



She moved to Detroit in the 1930’s to make a career change as she devoted her time to being a church organist, and choir director at the Leland Baptist Church.



Spending nearly 40 years living in Detroit, she rarely sang secular music during this period until she was coaxed by Blues singer, Victoria Spivey to resume her career as a Blues artist during the Blues resurgence of the late 1960’s.



She recorded her album “Women Be Wise” in 1966 with Roosevelt Sykes and Little Brother Montgomery. This album and title track helped inspire Bonnie Raitt to become a Blues singer/performer in the late 1960’s, recording Wallace’s signature song, “Women Be Wise” and “Don’t Advertise Your Man” on her self-titled debut release. Bonnie Raitt loved Sippie and helped catapult her career even farther, inviting her to record and tour with her for many years. She even brought her back to Detroit to perform in the late 1970’s.



Sippie Wallace was nominated for a Grammy in 1982 and was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993.



Detroit Public Radio mainstay, Judy Adams, is a trained pianist, composer and musicologist who hosts a Jazz and contemporary music show on CJAM 99.1FM and guest hosts on WRCJ 90.9FM.  She was also born in November!

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