Famous British Jazz Musicians

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 1 Sting

Sting
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Famous As: Musician & Singer
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.

 2 Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker
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Famous As: Drummer, Jazz musician, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London Borough of Lewisham

 3 Mick Taylor

Mick Taylor
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Famous As: Musician
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.

 4 Corinne Bailey Rae

Corinne Bailey Rae
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Jazz musician
Birthdate: February 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds

 5 Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Jazz musician, Diarist, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs
Died: October 25, 2014

 6 John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin
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Famous As: Guitarist, Bandleader, composer
Birthdate: January 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Doncaster

 7 Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts
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Famous As: Drummer
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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 8 Gary Kemp

Gary Kemp
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Famous As: Actor, Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: England

 9 Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp
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Famous As: Actor, Musician
Birthdate: October 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

 10 Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Singer, Percussionist, Drummer
Birthdate: August 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Essex

 11 Phil Collins

Phil Collins
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Famous As: Drummer, Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chiswick, Middlesex, London, United Kingdom

Phil Collins is best known for his work with the popular rock band Genesis. Having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Phil is one of three recording artists who have sold more than 100 million records both as principal members of a band and as solo artists.

 12 Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin
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Famous As: Volinist
Birthdate: April 22, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1999

 13 Pino Palladino

Pino Palladino
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Famous As: Bassist, Jazz musician
Birthdate: October 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cardiff

 14 Guthrie Govan

Guthrie Govan
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Famous As: Guitarist, Music educator
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelmsford

 15 Gideon Emery

Gideon Emery
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Famous As: Actor, Voice actor, Jazz musician
Birthdate: September 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Windsor

 16 Ray Quinn

Ray Quinn
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Famous As: actor, dancer, jazz musician, singer
Birthdate: August 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Knowsley

 17 Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame
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Famous As: Jazz musician, Pianist
Birthdate: June 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leigh

 18 Mica Paris

Mica Paris
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

 19 Mark King

Mark King
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 20, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cowes, United Kingdom

 20 Acker Bilk

Acker Bilk
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Famous As: Musician
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.

 21 Karl Jenkins

Karl Jenkins
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Famous As: Composer, Saxophonist, Keyboardist, Oboist, Jazz musician
Birthdate: February 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Penclawdd

 22 Paul Hardcastle

Paul Hardcastle
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Famous As: Composer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: December 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London

 23 Cleo Laine

Cleo Laine
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: October 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uxbridge, Middlesex, England

 24 Annie Ross

Annie Ross
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Nightclub owner
Birthdate: July 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surrey

 25 Tom Jenkinson

Tom Jenkinson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelmsford, United Kingdom

 26 Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott
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Famous As: Jazz Saxophonist
Birthdate: January 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aldgate, England
Died: December 23, 1996

 27 Dave Holland

Dave Holland
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Famous As: Composer, Double-bassist, Music educator, Jazz musician, Bandleader
Birthdate: October 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wolverhampton

 28 Brian Auger

Brian Auger
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Famous As: Pianist, Jazz musician, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: July 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London

 29 Chris Barber

Chris Barber
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Famous As: Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician
Birthdate: April 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City

 30 Julie Driscoll

Julie Driscoll
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London

 31 Humphrey Lyttelton

Humphrey Lyttelton
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Famous As: Bandleader, Conductor, Trumpeter, Journalist, Radio personality, Jazz musician, Non-fiction writer, Writer
Birthdate: May 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eton
Died: April 25, 2008

 32 Kenny Ball

Kenny Ball
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Famous As: Trumpeter
Birthdate: May 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ilford, Essex, England
Died: March 7, 2013

 33 Peter White

Peter White
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Famous As: guitarist, composer, jazz musician, jazz guitarist
Birthdate: September 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luton

 34 Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland
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Famous As: Pianist, Radio personality, Composer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: March 20, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slough
Died: August 20, 2013

 35 Ronny Jordan

Ronny Jordan
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Famous As: Composer, Jazz musician, Guitarist, Jazz guitarist
Birthdate: November 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: January 13, 2014

 36 Johnny Dankworth

Johnny Dankworth
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodford, England
Died: February 6, 2010

 37 John Wilson

John Wilson
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Famous As: Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Gateshead, United Kingdom

 38 Susheela Raman

Susheela Raman
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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: July 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hendon

 39 Richard Rodney Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Broadstairs, England
Died: December 24, 2012

 40 Clare Teal

Clare Teal
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Famous As: Jazz musician, Singer
Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kildwick

 41 Matthew Halsall

Matthew Halsall
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, England

 42 Ross McManus

Ross McManus
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
Died: November 24, 2011

 43 Leonard Feather

Leonard Feather
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: September 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 22, 1994

 44 Eddie Calvert

Eddie Calvert
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Famous As: Trumpeter
Birthdate: March 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England
Died: August 7, 1978

 45 Stan Tracey

Stan Tracey
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Famous As: Jazz pianist
Birthdate: December 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Denmark Hill, London, England
Died: December 6, 2013

 46 Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson
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Famous As: Swing band leader and dancer
Birthdate: September 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
Died: March 8, 1941

 47 Tony Coe

Tony Coe
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Famous As: Jazz Musician, Clarinetists
Birthdate: November 29, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Canterbury, England

 48 Jimmy Hastings

Jimmy Hastings
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 12, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland

 49 Sid Phillips

Sid Phillips
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 23, 1973

 50 Don Rendell

Don Rendell
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Famous As: Jazz musician
Birthdate: March 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: October 20, 2015