Miami's Top Ten Jazz Musicians

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8. William T. Peeples

Peeples was a powerhouse bebop-styled jazz drummer who backed many musicians after relocating to Miami in the 1960s. Even R&B and rock 'n' roll fans will recognize him as Ray Charles' drummer during the '50s. Among his many achievements, he kept the beat on "I Got a Woman," Charles' first number-one R&B single back in 1954. Peeples passed away in 2004.

7. Don Wilner

Doctor Wilner is one of the few on this list who is both a jazz and classical musician. This noted bassist has performed with a multitude of artists and he was described by jazz critic Doug Ramsey as "an astonishing bass player whether bowing, walking, interacting ... or covering the instrument from top to bottom in his pizzicato solos. His purity of tone and breadth of technique may come from his classical background. They are matched by a time feeling achieved only by musicians with a bone-deep jazz sensibility." Wilner currently teaches in Miami Dade College's music program.

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