Jazz at Lincoln Center has officially announced this year’s Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame inductees: Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Frank Trumbauer, Dinah Washington and Chick Webb.
Special performances at Dizzy’s Club in Manhattan on July 16-17 will celebrate the class of 2019.
A Jazz at Lincoln Center-appointed panel selected the inductees. Voters across the world cast ballots for Hall of Fame inductees leading up to today, April 30, which is recognized as International Jazz Day.
The Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame honors artists or members of the jazz community based on their dedication and contributions to the genre. Jazz at Lincoln Center has inducted 61 members into the Jazz Hall of Fame and will continue to induct new members annually.
This year’s class includes musicians who have performed on Kind of Blue (Adderley), set the standard for jazz ballads (Trumbauer), transcended the genres of jazz, blues, R&B and pop (Washington), and played the hardest when swing was king (Webb).
For more on this year’s Jazz Hall of Fame inductees, see below.
Class of 2019
Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (1928–1975)
An alto saxophonist of incredible influence, Cannonball Adderley defined multiple styles of playing, making indelible contributions to the worlds of hard bop, modal jazz, soul jazz, and fusion. Sporting a full-bodied sound and blues-drenched delivery, Cannonball’s playing can be heard on iconic records, from Kind of Blue to The Black Messiah.
Frank Trumbauer (1901–1956)
The musical line of cool innovators like Chet Baker and Miles Davis traces back to the saxophone poet Lester Young, but indeed Lester’s own innovations owe a tremendous debt to the masterful Frank Trumbauer. The nonpareil master of the C Melody saxophone, Trumbauer, famously in collaboration with Bix Beiderbecke, mastered a singing lyrical line that set the gold standard for the jazz ballad.
Dinah Washington (1924–1963)
A formidable vocal master who even enjoyed crossover success on the charts, Dinah Washington effortlessly bridged the worlds of jazz, blues, R&B, and even pop. Washington’s distinctive vocal prowess and tone enabled her to take any song and make it uniquely her own, undertaking transformative interpretations of anything from Fats Waller to Hank Williams.
Chick Webb (1905–1939)
Few bands in the Swing Era swung as hard as the Chick Webb Orchestra. Overseeing one of jazz’s most formidable ensembles, Webb drove the band along with some of the most swinging, innovative, and influential drum work of the era. Whether on instrumental numbers like “Harlem Congo” or on vocal works like “A-Tisket A-Tasket” (featuring the rising star of Ella Fitzgerald), Webb and his ensemble were one of the Swing Era’s most remarkable forces to be reckoned with.