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Mose Allison

Class of 2006 Mose John Allison Jr. was born in 1927 in the Mississippi delta. By the time Mose was in grade school he was already composing boogie-woogie tunes on the piano.

Ron Alexenburg

Ron Alexenburg has over 50 years’ experience in the music industry. Among the artists that Alexenburg worked directly with were Boston, Meat Loaf, Charlie Daniels and Michael Jackson. Under his helm, Michael Jackson’s Thriller became and still is the best-selling album of all time.

Doug Stegmeyer

Growing up in an immensely talented musical family can be tough, especially when your father is an accomplished musician and one of the most prolific musical arrangers of his time, and your mother is a contemporary singer and piano player. But it was the type of a household that could support a budding young musical talent like Doug Stegmeyer.

Liberty DeVitto

Just pick up one of the 150 million copies of Billy Joel records sold in the last thirty years and you’ll hear why Liberty DeVitto is called “the songwriter’s drummer.”

Richie Cannata

When you first hear “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel, a few things stick out in your mind: the fantastic songwriting and musicianship … and THAT solo; a classic in popular music that many people can remember note for note.

Russell Javors

Russell Javors was born in Brooklyn in 1952, and spent his childhood in Plainview. Like many musicians of his generation, he devoted his life to music after seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Clive Davis

As the record industry's most innovative, outspoken and influential executive, Clive Davis has had a profound effect on the world of music, acting as both its champion and its critic, and as perhaps its most visible and respected spokesman.

Debbie Gibson

For more than 25 years, Debbie Gibson has proven she's an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer.

Gerry Goffin

Lyricist Gerry Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939. Following graduation from Brooklyn Technical High School and a brief stint in the military reserves, he registered at Queens College where me met fellow student and education major Carole King.

Kurtis Blow

Kurtis Blow began his career spinning records in the 70s as Kool DJ Kurt. But by the end of that decade, like many other New York DJs, he had become disenchanted with the music coming out of the clubs; a frustration that would plant the seeds for Rap Music.

Ron Delsener

Since 1964, Ron Delsener has been at the forefront of outdoor popular-music concerts. He cut his teeth while working for the promoter of The Beatles’ first outdoor concert performance at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens.

Big Daddy Kane

Big Daddy Kane is a Brooklyn, New York M.C. who undisputedly defined the term “lyricist” in the world of hip-hop.

Charles Koppelman

In a career that has spanned five decades, Charles Koppelman has been a successful business leader known for his skills in finance and management as well as his ability to find creative opportunities for businesses and people. 

Jim Steinman

Though Jim began in theatre, he is best known as a songwriter/producer whose records have sold more than 100 million copies, described by the L.A. Times as "the Richard Wagner of rock."

Sandy Pearlman

Mr. Pearlman was one of the first serious rock critics, writing and editing for the pioneering rock-culture magazine Crawdaddy. He claimed to have been the first writer to use the phrase “heavy metal” to describe music.

Santo & Johnny

The Farina brothers, Santo & Johnny, were born in Brooklyn, New York.  Santo, October 24, 1937 and Johnny, April 30, 1941.

Westbury Music Fair

Recognized by audiences and performing artists as one of the most  comfortable, friendly, and acoustically-inviting theatres in the greater New York metro area, the NYCB Theatre at Westbury presents a broad range of acclaimed performers geared to virtually every entertainment taste and interest.

Vince Giordano

Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, bandleader Vince Giordano began his odyssey into the world of music at the age of five.

Carter Burwell

Carter Burwell was born on November 18, 1954. He graduated from Harvard College in 1977.

Garland Jeffreys

Forty years into his storied career, Garland Jeffreys is enjoying the kind of creative second wind most artists can only hope for the first time around, earning a swarm of critical accolades and experiencing his most prolific stretch in decades.

Steve Vai

While many musicians fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai’s unique musical vision remains unclassifiable. After more than 20 years, Vai continues to use unbridled guitar virtuosity and soulful artistry to explore the spectrum of human emotion.

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson is a uncompromising, game-changing creative force in music – music producer, arranger, writer, mixer and re-mixer, and brand creator. His work is uncompromising, innovative, revolutionary, and timeless.

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans on Aug. 4, 1901. He was a prodigy, and a hard-working kid who helped support his mother and sister. At age 7, he bought his first real horn – a cornet.

Sam Ash

Sam Ash is known as “The World’s Favorite Music Store,” but they didn’t arrive at that title overnight. The Sam Ash saga is a classic business story. It encompasses the American dream, retaining the basic concepts of a family-run business even today.