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September 21, 2018
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Organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith was relentlessly tasty. Whenever I dig into one of his albums, my feet can’t stop moving. His grooves and chord voicings were intoxicating. One ...
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When George Klabin started Resonance Records, he had no idea he was planting the seed for a bumper crop of historic jazz recordings. “We started with living musicians,” ...
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Joe Zawinul was not an easy man to impress, even if you were Jaco Pastorius. On a flight to Japan in 1981, when the rough mixes for what ...
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With the 10-inch LP format on the rise in the early 1950s, a crew of jazz musicians emerged in New York who were superb studio swingers. They were ...
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When Steve Swallow picked up an electric bass in an instrument convention in 1970, he did not realize what a significant impact that chance event will have on ...
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If you are interested in places where magical music was created and you happen to be in New York City, you can cover a good chunk of music ...
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On the evening of November 17, 1959 Ornette Coleman’s quartet took the tiny stage at the Five Spot Cafe in the Bowery neighborhood of New York City. This was the quartet’s ...
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When producer Orrin Keepnews signed Thelonious Monk to his newly formed Riverside label in 1955, he had to come up with a plan. He paid Bob Weinstock, president ...
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After kicking his heroin habit at his father’s house in 1953, he came back to New York City a more complete musician. His tone on the trumpet improved and so ...
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Stax Records was the South’s answer to Motown and Atlantic, and the African-American response to the British Invasion and folk-rock. Founded in Memphis in 1957 by Jim Stewart ...
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Maxine Gordon. Historian, researcher, author, producer, scholar, consultant. President of the Dexter Gordon Society and President of Dex Music LLC (which controls the copyright to Dexter Gordon’s compositions and ...
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Trumpeter Yoshio Toyama and his wife Keiko moved to the United States 50 years ago to learn about traditional jazz in its birthplace, New Orleans. Nightclubs, churches, house ...
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A pianist explains how he transcribed the complex solos of the late great jazz musician. One recent spring I visited my old clarinetist friend David Krakauer’s improvisation class ...
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Sixty years ago, the American folklorists Samuel Charters and Ann Danberg visited the Fresh Creek settlement on the eastern end of the Bahamian island of Andros, just north of ...
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Rock and pop are in a creative crisis. Now jazz should judge it. A new generation of musicians thinks across styles and sets fresh, adventurous impulses. In the ...
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The sound of jazz coming from the car radio at twilight convinces me to turn onto Broad Street and head to North Philadelphia. As I approach Cecil B. ...
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Some wonder what Kamasi’s success says about the general state of jazz music. Well, he shows that jazz is dead only until that one comes, bringing it back ...
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Looking back, 1951 and ’52 were groundbreaking years for jazz. Bebop was still lingering, cool jazz had already begun in ’49, the R&B-influenced hard bop was just emerging ...
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We look at the reciprocity between hip-hop and jazz over the years. Please note that this article is in no way intended to be a comprehensive guide to ...
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Summer proved to be a propitious time for Maurice Jackson and Blair A. Ruble to promote their new book, DC Jazz: Stories Of Jazz Music in Washington, DC (Georgetown University ...
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