Down Beat's Hall Of Fame Members

complete alphabetical listing

Steve Lacy entered the Hall of Fame chosen by the critics in 2005

Chosen by Year Musician born died famous as...
Readers 1975 Cannonball Adderley Sep 15, 1928 Aug 8, 1975 alto saxophonist and bandleader, brother of trumpeter Nat
Readers 1952 Louis Armstrong c1889 July 6, 1971 trumpeter and singer
Critics 1983 Albert Ayler July 13, 1936 Nov 1970 tenor saxophonist and leader, brother of trumpeter Donald
Critics 1989 Chet Baker Dec 23, 1929 May 13, 1988 trumpeter and singer
Readers 1958 Count Basie Aug 21, 1904 Apr 26, 1984 bandleader and pianist
Critics 1968 Sidney Bechet May 14, 1897 May 14, 1959 clarinetist and soprano saxophonist
Critics 1962 Bix Beiderbecke Mar 10, 1903 Aug 6, 1931 cornetist
Critics 1993 Edward Blackwell Oct 10, 1929 Oct 8, 1992 drummer
Readers 1981 Art Blakey Oct 11, 1919 Oct 16, 1990 drummer and bandleader of The Jazz Messengers
Critics 2000 Lester Bowie Oct 11, 1941 Nov 8, 1999 trumpeter
Critics 1972 Clifford Brown Oct 30, 1930 June 26, 1956 trumpeter
Readers 2003 Ray Brown Oct 13, 1926 July 2, 2002 double bass player, member of the Oscar Peterson Trio, husband of Ella Fitzgerald
Readers 1994 Dave Brubeck Dec 6, 1920   pianist, composer, and bandleader of the Dave Brubeck Quartet
Critics 1977 Benny Carter Aug 8, 1907 July 12, 2003 alto saxophonist, trumpeter, arranger, composer, and bandleader
Critics 1999 Betty Carter May 16, 1930 Sep 26, 1998 singer
Critics 1991 John Carter Sep 24, 1929 Mar 31, 1991 clarinetist, alto saxophonist, composer, and teacher, founding member of the New Art Jazz Ensemble in Los Angeles
Critics 1966 Charlie Christian July 29, 1916 Mar 2, 1942 guitarist
Critics 1988 Kenny Clarke Jan 9, 1914 Jan 26, 1985 drummer, founding member of the Milt Jackson Quartet, forerunner of the Modern Jazz Quartet, co-leader of the Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band
Readers 1997 Nat "King" Cole Mar 17, 1917 Feb 15, 1965 pianist, singer, composer
Readers 1969 Ornette Coleman Mar 8, 1935   saxophonist and composer, spouse of a theory which he calls harmolodic
Readers 1965 John Coltrane Sep 23, 1926 July 17, 1967 tenor and soprano saxophonist, bandleader, and composer
Readers 1962 Miles Davis May 25, 1926 Sep 28, 1991 trumpeter and bandleader, Prince of Darkness
listen to my favorite recording Kind Of Blue
Readers 1977 Paul Desmond Nov 25, 1924 May 30, 1977 alto saxophonist, member of the famous Dave Brubeck Quartet, composer of Take Five
Critics 1987 Johnny Dodds Apr 12, 1892 Aug 8, 1940 drummer, brother of drummer Baby
Readers 1964 Eric Dolphy June 20, 1928 June 29, 1964 alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and flutist
Critics 1971 Roy Eldridge Jan 30, 1911 Feb 26, 1989 trumpeter, brother of alto saxophonist Joe
Readers 1956 Duke Ellington Apr 29, 1899 May 24, 1974 composer, bandleader, and pianist, father of trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Mercer
Critics 1981 Bill Evans Aug 16, 1929 Sep 15, 1980 pianist, member of Miles Davis's group in the late 50s/early 60s, also on Kind Of Blue
Critics 1986 Gil Evans May 13, 1912 Mar 20, 1988 arranger, composer, pianist, and bandleader, collaboration with Miles Davis for several famous recordings
Readers 1992 Maynard Ferguson May 4, 1928   trumpeter and bandleader
Readers 1979 Ella Fitzgerald Apr 25, 1918 June 15, 1996 singer, member of Chick Webb's band, married to Ray Brown (1948-1952)
Readers 1986 Stan Getz Feb 2, 1927 June 6, 1991 tenor saxophonist and leader
Readers 1960 Dizzy Gillespie Oct 21, 1917 Jan 6, 1993 trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, one of the principal developers of bop in the early 40s
Readers 1957 Benny Goodman May 30, 1909 June 13, 1986 clarinetist, composer, and bandleader
Readers 1980 Dexter Gordon Feb 27, 1923 Apr 25, 1990 tenor saxophonist
Readers 1983 Stephane Grappelli Jan 26, 1908 Dec 1, 1997 violinist and pianist, principal member of the Quintette du hot club de France together with Django Reinhardt
Readers 1987 Lionel Hampton Apr 20, 1909 Aug 31, 2002 vibraphonist, drummer, and bandleader
Critics 1961 Coleman Hawkins Nov 21, 1904 May 19, 1969 tenor saxophonist
Critics 2004 Roy Haynes Mar 13, 1926   drummer
Critics 1995 Julius Hemphill c1940 Apr 2, 1995 alto saxophonist, co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet in 1976
Critics 1973 Fletcher Henderson Dec 18, 1897 Dec 29, 1952 bandleader, arranger, and pianist, brother of arranger, pianist, and bandleader Horace
Readers 2001 Joe Henderson Apr 24, 1937 June 30, 2001 tenor saxophonist
Readers 1970 Jimi Hendrix Nov 27, 1942 Sep 18, 1970 guitarist
Readers 1976 Woody Herman May 16, 1913 Oct 29, 1987 bandleader, clarinetist, alto saxophonist, and singer
Critics 1965 Earl Hines Dec 28, 1903 Apr 22, 1983 pianist and bandleader
Critics 2001 Milt Hinton June 23, 1910   double bass player
Critics 1970 Johnny Hodges July 25, 1907 May 11, 1970 alto and soprano saxophonist, member of Duke Ellington's orchestra for about 40 years
Readers 1961 Billie Holiday Apr 7, 1915 July 17, 1959 singer, daughter of guitarist Clarence
Readers 1999 Milt "Bags" Jackson Jan 1, 1923 Oct 9, 1999 vibraphonist, member of the famous Modern Jazz Quartet
Readers 2002 Antonio Carlos Jobim Jan 25, 1927 Dec 8, 1994 composer, guitarist, singer
Readers 1995 J.J. Johnson Jan 22, 1924 Feb 4, 2001 trombonist and composer, formed a highly successful trombone duo with Kai Winding (1954-1956)
Critics 1992 James P. Johnson Feb 1, 1894 Nov 17, 1955 pianist and composer
Critics 1998 Elvin Jones Sep 9, 1927 May 18, 2004 drummer, brother of flugelhorn player Thad Jones and pianist Hank and drummer Elvin
Critics 1987 Thad Jones Mar 28, 1923 Aug 20, 1986 cornetist, flugelhorn player, composer, and bandleader, brother of pianist Hank and drummer Elvin
Readers 1954 Stan Kenton Dec 15, 1911 Aug 25, 1979 bandleader, pianist, and arranger
Critics 1978 Rahsaan Roland Kirk Aug 7, 1936 Dec 5, 1977 tenor saxophonist, manzello and stritch player, famous for his ability to play all three instruments at once
Readers 1972 Gene Krupa Jan 15, 1909 Oct 16, 1973 drummer and bandleader
Critics 2005 Steve Lacy July 23, 1934 June 4, 2004 soprano saxophonist
Critics 2002 John Lewis May 3, 1920 Mar 29, 2001 pianist, leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet
Readers 1953 Glenn Miller Mar 1, 1904 Dec 15, 1944 bandleader and trombonist
Readers 1971 Charles Mingus Apr 22, 1922 Jan 5, 1979 double bass player, pianist, composer, and bandleader
Readers 1963 Thelonious Monk Oct 10, 1917 Feb 17, 1982 pianist and composer
Readers 1968 Wes Montgomery Mar 6, 1923 June 15, 1968 guitarist, brother of bass player Monk and pianist and vibraphonist Buddy
Readers 1991 Lee Morgan July 10, 1938 Feb 19, 1972 trumpeter
Critics 1963 Jelly Roll Morton Oct 20, 1890 July 10, 1941 composer and pianist
Readers 1993 Gerry Mulligan Apr 6, 1927 Jan 20, 1996 baritone saxophonist and arranger
Critics 1982 Fats Navarro Sep 24, 1923 July 7, 1950 trumpeter
Critics 1976 King Oliver May 11, 1885 Apr 1938 cornetist and bandleader
Readers 1955 Charlie Parker Aug 29, 1920 Mar 12, 1955 alto saxophonist, central figure in the development of bop
Readers 1988 Jaco Pastorius Dec 1, 1951 Sep 21, 1987 electric bass guitarist, member of the famous band Weather Report, co-led by Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter
Readers 1982 Art Pepper Sep 1, 1925 June 1, 1982 alto saxophonist
Readers 1984 Oscar Peterson Aug 15, 1925   pianist and bandleader
Readers 1966 Bud Powell Sep 27, 1924 Aug 1, 1966 pianist, brother of pianist Richie
Critics 1971 Django Reinhardt Jan 23, 1910 May 16, 1953 guitarist, brother of guitarist Joseph, principal member of the Quintette du hot club de France together with Stephane Grappelli
Readers 1974 Buddy Rich Sep 30, 1917 Apr 2, 1987 drummer and singer
Critics 1980 Max Roach Jan 10, 1924   drummer and composer
Readers 1990 Red Rodney Sep 27, 1927 May 27, 1994 trumpeter
Readers 1973 Sonny Rollins Sep 9, 1930   tenor saxophonist
Critics 1969 Pee Wee Russell Mar 27, 1906 Feb 15, 1969 clarinetist
Critics 1996 Artie Shaw May 23, 1910 Dec 30, 2004 clarinetist, bandleader, composer, and arranger
Readers 1989 Woody Shaw Dec 24, 1944 May 9, 1989 trumpeter
Critics 2003 Wayne Shorter Aug 25, 1933   tenor & soprano saxophonist, member of the famous Miles Davis Quintet together with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, co-founder and co-leader of Weather Report together with Joe Zawinul
Critics 1985 Zoot Sims Oct 29, 1925 Mar 23, 1985 tenor saxophonist and leader, brother of trombonist Ray
Readers 1998 Frank Sinatra Dec 12, 1915 May 15, 1998 singer
Critics 1967 Bessie Smith Apr 15, 1894 Sep 26, 1937 singer
Readers 1967 Billy Strayhorn Nov 19, 1915 May 31, 1967 composer, arranger, and pianist, worked for about 30 years in Duke Ellington's band as associate arranger and second pianist
Critics 1984 Sun Ra May 1914 or 1915 May 30, 1993 composer, bandleader, and keyboard player
Critics 1964 Art Tatum Oct 13, 1909 Nov 5, 1956 pianist, famous for his stupendous technique
Critics 1975 Cecil Taylor Mar 15, 1929   pianist and composer
Critics 1969 Jack Teagarden Aug 29, 1905 Jan 15, 1964 trombonist and singer, son of pianist Helen, and brother of pianist Norma
Readers 2000 Clark Terry pok   trumpeter
Critics 1979 Lennie Tristano Mar 19, 1919 Nov 18, 1978 pianist and teacher
Readers 2004 McCoy Tyner Dec 11, 1938   pianist, long time member of John Coltrane's group
Readers 1985 Sarah Vaughan Mar 27, 1924 Apr 3, 1990 singer
Readers 1978 Joe Venuti Sep 16, 1903 Aug 14, 1978 violinist
Critics 1968 Fats Waller May 21, 1904 Dec 15, 1943 pianist, organist, singer, bandleader, and composer
Critics 1974 Ben Webster Mar 27, 1909 Sep 20, 1973 tenor saxophonist
Critics 1990 Mary Lou Williams May 8, 1910 May 28, 1981 pianist and composer
Critics 1997 Tony Williams Dec 12, 1945 Feb 23, 1997 drummer, member of the famous Miles Davis Quintet
Critics 1987 Teddy Wilson Nov 24, 1912 July 31, 1986 pianist
Readers 1959 Lester Young Aug 27, 1909 Mar 15, 1959 tenor saxophonist, brother of drummer Lee
Critics 1994 Frank Zappa Dec 21, 1940 Dec 4, 1993 electric guitarist and composer

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