Over the years, jazz has seen its fair share of colourful and pioneering individuals who have changed the course of jazz. For many, they embrace emerging musical emphases, catapulting them into new territory. But some create entirely new concepts in musicality.

How do we celebrate greatness? We can start by celebrating their birthdays, and thus focus on their music and their innovation. Jazz Birthdays was created by Louise Levy, and celebrates individual jazz greats.