Hank Williams
Hank Williams

American county singer, guitarist, and songwriter
A mesmerizing performer and skilled musician, Willams had awe-inspiring songwriting abilities, and with them he defined modern country music.

Born:
September 17, 1923; Georgiana,...

Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck

American jazz composer and pianist
As a composer, pianist, and leader of an influential quartet, Brubeck introduced unusual time signatures, polyrhythms, and polytonalities to the jazz world.

Born:
December 6, 1920; Concord, Cal...

Cecil Taylor
Cecil Taylor

American jazz pianist and composer
Taylor was a primary leader of the late 1950’s avant-garde who pioneered new approaches to improvisation that expanded the boundaries of jazz.

Born:
March 25, 1929; New York, New York

Stan Getz
Stan Getz

American jazz saxophonist and composer
With his signature tone quality on the tenor saxophone, Getz introduced the bossa nova craze of the early 1960’s and influenced countless jazz musicians.

Born:
February 2, 1927; Philadelphi...

Doc Watson
Doc Watson

American country singer, guitarist, and banjoist
Watson’s flat-picking approach to the guitar became integral to bluegrass. His sagacious avuncular presence coats all old and new music—from ballads, to blues, to rockabilly—with a patina of deep-rooted tradi...