Charles Sibirsky, teacher, jazz musician

Charles Sibirsky has been a Jazz pianist in the New York City area for over 30 years. He has performed at every jazz venue in NYC. He was just 17 when he started his musical career, playing with trios and quartets in the Catskill Mountains. He majored in music at Brooklyn College and began his teaching career at Academy Music Studios in Brooklyn. While teaching he met legendary pianist Sal Mosca and studied with him for over 2 decades. Mr. Sibirsky is a performer and composer. In Brooklyn he founded  and serves as the director of Slope Music where he continues to… Read More

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Jennie Jerome, mother of Winston Churchill

Jennie Spencer-Churchill (née Jerome; 9 January 1854 – 29 June 1921), known as Lady Randolph Churchill, was an American-born British socialite, the wife of Lord Randolph Churchill and the mother of British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. Ms. Jerome was born in Cobble Hill Brooklyn in 1854. A plaque at 426 Henry St. gives her year of birth as 1850, not 1854. However, on 9 January 1854, the Jeromes lived nearby at number 8 Amity Street (since renumbered as 197).The Jeromes were temporarily staying at the Henry Street address, owned by her uncle Addison. It is believed she was born… Read More

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Elmo Hope, pianist, jazz pioneer

Elmo Hope was born on June 27, 1923, in New York City. His parents were immigrants from the Caribbean and had several children. Elmo began playing the piano aged seven. He had classical music lessons as a child, and won solo piano recital contests from 1938. Fellow pianist Bud Powell was a childhood friend; together, they played and listened to jazz and classical music. Hope attended Benjamin Franklin High School, which was known for its music program. He developed an excellent understanding of harmony, and composed jazz and classical pieces at school. At the age of 17, Hope was shot… Read More

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