Which jazz musician are you most closely connected to?

+13 votes

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, so we're featuring Duke Ellington and other jazz greats in the Connection Finder this week.

Featured alongside him are:

Which one is most closely connected to you? If you're one of the 25.6 million of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

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WikiTree profile: Duke Ellington
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (520k points)
edited by Abby Glann

I added [[Category:Jazz Musicians]] to Jazz Pianist Jimmy Rowles  [[Hunter-15718|James George (Hunter) Rowles (1918-1998)]]  profile.
Will he appear as James Hunter (birth name) or James Rowles (adopted name) in the list of Jazz Musicians?
Didn't wait long enough - He appears as  19 Aug 1918 Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States - 28 May 1998 

20 Answers

+8 votes
Jack Purvis is 18 Degrees from Eric Weddington
by Eric Weddington G2G6 Pilot (305k points)
+9 votes
I am most closely connected to Jack Purvis at 25 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (145k points)
+8 votes
21 degrees from Jack Purvis and 21 degrees from Glenn Miller.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (457k points)
+6 votes

I am most closely connected to Jack Purvis at 21 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (800k points)
+8 votes
I'm most closely related to Jack F. Purvis at 20 degrees. We are 35 degrees away from the most common direct ancestor Dorothy Stapleton on my father's line.
by June Butka G2G6 (9.1k points)
+6 votes
15 degrees to Peggy Lee thanks to a brief marriage to my 7th cousin Dewey Martin.

Otherwise, I'm not very jazzy.  Mostly in the 20 to 32 degree range.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 3 (31.7k points)
+7 votes
I am closest to fellow WikiTreer, Pip Sheppard.  We are 14 degrees apart, and his 4th great-grandfather and my 5th great-grandfather were brothers!  Pip was my greeter when I joined WikiTree, so this was fun to learn!

As for the jazz musicians, my closest connection is Jack Purvis, at 16 degrees.  He is also a cousin, the only one for me in this group (unusual, I usually have at least a couple!)--13th cousin, 3 times removed.
by Cheryl Cruise G2G6 Mach 8 (85.5k points)
+7 votes
19 degrees from Jack Purvis, who is also a cousin--12th cousin, 4 times removed.  No other cousins for me in this group.
by Sean Delius G2G6 (7.0k points)
+6 votes
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
+6 votes
19 degrees from Norma Egstrom
20 degrees from Jack Purvis (17th cousins, 3x removed)
22 degrees from Glenn Miller
27 degrees from George Benson
27 degrees from John Coltrane
28 degrees from Chick Corea
28 degrees from Sarah Vaughan
30 degrees from Duke Ellington
33 degrees from Alice Sjöblom
35 degrees from Clarence Miller
39 degrees from Miles Davis
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 6 (66.1k points)
+4 votes
28 degrees from Glenn Miller

28 degrees from Jack Purvis

29 degrees from Peggy Lee

33 degrees from George Benson

33 degrees from Chick Corea

34 degrees from John Coltrane

36 degrees from Duke Ellington

37 degrees from Sarah Vaughan

39 degrees from Alice Babs

40 degrees from Big Miller

50 degrees from Miles Davis
by Roy Tonkin G2G6 Mach 5 (54.0k points)
+5 votes

I am:

  • 17 degrees from Jack Purvis as well as 18C1R from him, through our mothers.
And, I am: 
  • 14 degrees from Pip Sheppard and 14C2R from him, through his father and my mother.
I am beginning to think that everyone is related to me through my mother. haha
by Suzanne McClendon G2G6 Mach 1 (12.1k points)
Documented relationships are not necessarily representative of the closest genealogical ones, just more accessible.
Thank you for that information, Geoffrey. I know that, in some cases, WikiTree shows me a path through my mother, when there is a closer relationship through my father.  I guess I don't have enough of his family added to the tree yet for it to find those relationships.
+5 votes
I am the profile manager for the legendary jazz musician "Pepper Adams" (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Adams-51648).  I'm wondering why his name doesn't show up in this list of jazz musicians.
by Daniel Olson G2G Crew (350 points)
+5 votes
  • 21 degrees: Jack Purvis (17th cousins.3xr)
  • 21 degrees: Glenn Miller
  • 23 degrees: Norma Egstrom
  • 27 degrees: George Benson
  • 28 degrees: John Coltrane & Chick Corea
  • 30 degrees: Sarah Vaughan
  • 34 degrees: Duke Ellington
  • 37 degrees: Clarence Miller & Alice Sjoblom
  • 39 degrees: Miles Davis
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (627k points)
+6 votes
Just Jack Purvis - 13th cousins, 3x removed.

related via  Eleanor Sinclair Countess of Atholl  (1457-1519)

Interesting, since my DNA on my father's side shows Sinclair not Sutherland. This Sinclair relative is on my mother's side.
by Janice Sutherland G2G6 Mach 5 (51.0k points)
+6 votes

So it appears you missed one. 'Billy' Maxted (Wm. George Maxted) was my second cousin once removed. He was best known for his amazing leadership of the 'Manhattan Jazz Band' that played in the NY area during the 'Big Band' era of the 1940s. Much has been said about him, which I included in my book on the Maxted genealogy ~ "Looking Back ~ Looking Forward." He produced several LPs, many of which are still hanging around as collectors' items. See his wikitree profile ~ Maxted-165. From Will Connelly (Florida musician) - "Billy will be forever memorialized by the legacy of the great - and still played (arrangements) he wrote for Benny Goodman, Bob Crosby and other leaders."

by Steve Maxted G2G3 (3.4k points)
+4 votes
Jack Purvis 25 degrees.

These quizzes rarely get much closer than that distance from me.  (Surprising exception: Mick Jagger at 20 degrees by a single marriage.)

Have I missed the ones about Mary Boleyn or the Rothschilds or Rockefellers, or nautical figures such as the Sea Wolf, or Celine Dion?
by Geoffrey Tobin G2G5 (5.4k points)
edited by Geoffrey Tobin
+4 votes
3 degrees from Dottie Reid [Reid-3947]]via my adoptive parents. (My aunt so that should be 3 degrees?)
by Peter Gold G2G Crew (320 points)
+3 votes
20 degrees from Jack Purvis

21 degrees from Glen Miller

23 degrees from Norma Egstrom

26 degrees from John Coltrane

27 degrees from Chick Corea

29 degrees from George Benson

29 degrees from Sarah Vaughan

31 degrees from Duke Ellington

34 degrees from Clarence Miller

36 degrees from Alice Sjöblom

41 degrees from Miles Davis

20 degrees from Pip Sheppard. Pip was my  Wikitree greeter; thank you, Pip, for the warm welcome.  14th cousins once removed MRCA Elizabeth (Hilton) Thimbleby.
by Mildred Gillett G2G6 Mach 2 (23.1k points)

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