Famous British Jazz Musicians

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Sting
(Musician & Singer)
Sting
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Birthdate: October 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wallsend, England

Sting is an English singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. Credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Police, Sting played an important role in the band's success from 1977 to 1984 during which he served as the band's bassist, lead singer, and principal songwriter. Also known for his work as an activist, Sting has shown interest in political and social issues.

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Ginger Baker
(Former Drummer known for co-founder and occasional vocalist of the rock band Cream)
Ginger Baker
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Birthdate: August 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London, England
Died: October 6, 2019
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Charlie Watts
(Drummer)
Charlie Watts
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Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
Died: August 24, 2021

English drummer, Charlie Watts, was best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He was associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.

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Mick Taylor
(Musician)
Mick Taylor
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Birthdate: January 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England

Mick Taylor soared to fame as the guitarist of iconic rock band The Rolling Stones. He has also been part of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Named to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, he was also declared one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

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 5 
Jack Bruce
(Scottish Singer-Songwriter and Former Member of the Band Cream)
Jack Bruce
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Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs
Died: October 25, 2014

Legendary Scottish singer-songwriter, bassist, and composer Jack Bruce gained international fame with the British rock band Cream and released iconic tracks such as I Feel Free. He also performed as part of the jazz fusion group the Tony Williams Lifetime. In 2006, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 6 
Martin Kemp
(Actor, Musician)
Martin Kemp
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Birthdate: October 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
 7 
Gary Kemp
(Actor, Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Gary Kemp
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Birthdate: October 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: England
 8 
John McLaughlin
(Guitarist, Bandleader, composer)
John McLaughlin
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Birthdate: January 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Doncaster
 9 
Yehudi Menuhin
(American Violinist and Conductor Who is Considered One of the Great Violinists of the 20th Century)
Yehudi Menuhin
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Birthdate: April 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1999

Grammy Award-winning legendary 20th-century violinist Yehudi Menuhin was born to Lithuanian Jews in the US. Starting his training in the violin at age 4, he later studied music in Paris. He also experimented with fusion, collaborating with jazz and Indian classical musicians. He later launched the Yehudi Menuhin School.

 10 
Pino Palladino
(Bassist, Jazz musician)
Pino Palladino
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Birthdate: October 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cardiff
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Guthrie Govan
(Guitarist, Music educator)
Guthrie Govan
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Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelmsford
 12 
Gideon Emery
(Actor, Voice actor, Jazz musician)
Gideon Emery
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Birthdate: September 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Windsor
 13 
Mark King
(Musician)
Mark King
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Birthdate: October 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cowes, United Kingdom
 14 
Ray Quinn
(actor, dancer, jazz musician, singer)
Ray Quinn
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Birthdate: August 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Knowsley
 15 
Georgie Fame
(English Jazz and R&B Musician)
Georgie Fame
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Birthdate: June 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leigh

Georgie Fame is an English jazz and R&B musician. Fame, who started his career in the 1960s, is still going strong and often works with contemporaries like Bill Wyman, Van Morrison, and Alan Price. He is perhaps best known for his association with the British rhythm and blues group, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames.

 16 
Mica Paris
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician)
Mica Paris
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Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
 17 
Acker Bilk
(Clarinetist and Vocalist Known for His Breathy, Vibrato-Rich, Lower-Register Style)
Acker Bilk
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Birthdate: January 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pensford, Somerset, England
Died: November 2, 2014

Best known for his bestselling 1962 instrumental hit Stranger on the Shore, British clarinettist Acker Bilk was loved by his fans for his stage presence. Though he focused more on football and boxing in childhood, he was pushed by his parents to learn the piano and later switched to the clarinet.

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Karl Jenkins
(Composer, Saxophonist, Keyboardist, Oboist, Jazz musician)
Karl Jenkins
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Birthdate: February 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Penclawdd
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Paul Hardcastle
(Composer, Songwriter, Jazz musician)
Paul Hardcastle
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Birthdate: December 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
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Cleo Laine
(Actress, Singer)
Cleo Laine
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Birthdate: October 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
 21 
Tom Jenkinson
(Musician)
Tom Jenkinson
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Birthdate: January 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelmsford, United Kingdom
 22 
Ronnie Scott
(Jazz Saxophonist)
Ronnie Scott
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Birthdate: January 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aldgate, England
Died: December 23, 1996
 23 
Julie Driscoll
(English Actress and Singer)
Julie Driscoll
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Birthdate: June 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London

Julie Driscoll is an English actress and singer best known for her '60s version of Rick Danko and Bob Dylan's This Wheel's on Fire. Driscoll's version of the song became the unofficial anthem of the psychedelic subculture era in British rock music.

 24 
Dave Holland
(Composer, Double-bassist, Music educator, Jazz musician, Bandleader)
Dave Holland
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Birthdate: October 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wolverhampton
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Brian Auger
(Pianist, Jazz musician, Record producer, Composer)
Brian Auger
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Birthdate: July 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
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Kenny Ball
(Trumpeter)
Kenny Ball
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Birthdate: May 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ilford, Essex, England
Died: March 7, 2013
 27 
Chris Barber
(Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician)
Chris Barber
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Birthdate: April 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City
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George Melly
(British Jazz and Blues Singer)
George Melly
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Birthdate: August 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: July 5, 2007

George Melly was an English blues and jazz singer, critic, lecturer, and writer. Melly worked for The Observer from 1965 to 1973 where he was a television and film critic. George Melly was also interested in surrealist art and often emphasized surrealism while delivering his lectures on art history.

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Humphrey Lyttelton
(Former Jazz musician most famous for his 1956 jazz trumpet hit single, "Bad Penny Blues")
Humphrey Lyttelton
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Birthdate: May 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: April 25, 2008
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Johnny Dankworth
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Birthdate: September 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodford, England
Died: February 6, 2010
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Peter White
(guitarist, composer, jazz musician, jazz guitarist)
Peter White
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Birthdate: September 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luton
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Ronny Jordan
(Composer, Jazz musician, Guitarist, Jazz guitarist)
Ronny Jordan
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Birthdate: November 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: January 13, 2014
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Marian McPartland
(Pianist, Radio personality, Composer, Jazz musician)
Marian McPartland
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Birthdate: March 20, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slough
Died: August 20, 2013
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John Wilson
(Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician)
John Wilson
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Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Susheela Raman
(Singer, Jazz musician whose debut album Salt Rain was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2001)
Susheela Raman
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Birthdate: July 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hendon, London, England, United Kingdom
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Richard Rodney Bennett
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Birthdate: March 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Broadstairs, England
Died: December 24, 2012
 37 
Clare Teal
(Jazz musician, Singer)
Clare Teal
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Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kildwick
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Matthew Halsall
(Musician)
Matthew Halsall
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Birthdate: September 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
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Ross McManus
(Musician)
Ross McManus
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Birthdate: October 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
Died: November 24, 2011
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Eddie Calvert
(Trumpeter)
Eddie Calvert
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Birthdate: March 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England
Died: August 7, 1978
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Leonard Feather
(Jazz Pianist)
Leonard Feather
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Birthdate: September 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 22, 1994
 42 
Stan Tracey
(Jazz pianist)
Stan Tracey
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Birthdate: December 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Denmark Hill, London, England
Died: December 6, 2013
 43 
Ken Johnson
(Swing band leader and dancer)
Ken Johnson
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Birthdate: September 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Died: March 8, 1941
 44 
Tony Coe
(Jazz Musician, Clarinetists)
Tony Coe
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Birthdate: November 29, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Canterbury, England
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Jimmy Hastings
(Musician)
Jimmy Hastings
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Birthdate: May 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
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Sid Phillips
(Musician)
Sid Phillips
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Birthdate: June 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 23, 1973
 47 
Don Rendell
(Jazz musician)
Don Rendell
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Birthdate: March 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: October 20, 2015
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Coleridge Goode
(Jazz musician, Bassist)
Coleridge Goode
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Birthdate: November 29, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston
Died: October 2, 2015

Coleridge Goode was a Jamaican-born British jazz bassist best remembered for his collaboration with jazz musician and composer Joe Harriott. Goode is often counted among the finest jazz bassists to have worked in Europe. In 2011, Coleridge Goode was honoured at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards with the prestigious Services to Jazz Award.