Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman head this year's class of 12 inductees to the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, which opened last fall at Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home in the Time Warner Center in New York City.
The other 2005 inductees, announced Monday, include trumpeter Roy Eldridge; pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines; alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges of the Duke Ellington Orchestra; Basie band drummer Jo "Papa Jo" Jones; bassist-bandleader-composer Charles Mingus; cornetist Joe "King" Oliver, who brought Louis Armstrong north to Chicago from New Orleans in 1922; and Thomas "Fats" Waller, the stride pianist and singer who wrote hit tunes such as "Ain't Misbehavin' " and "Honeysuckle Rose."
Pioneering bebop drummer Max Roach and tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins became the first living inductees.
An induction ceremony will be held Sept. 8 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Last year's inaugural group of 14 inductees included Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday.